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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Release Date: 09/20/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

Trails Center Celebrates "America's Priceless Heritage"

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is showcasing a temporary exhibit entitled, “America’s Priceless Heritage: Snapshots in Time.” The exhibit, which first opened at the Smithsonian Institution in 2006, features some of the archeological and historic resources found on BLM-administered public lands.

The exhibit opens at the Trails Center on Oct. 1 and will be displayed through the end of the year.

“America’s Priceless Heritage” is a photo exhibit, created by the BLM, to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Antiquities Act of 1906. The Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt, was designed to protect archeological and historic properties on public lands. 

The exhibit features 21 images of sites and artifacts, including photographs of 170-million-year old dinosaur tracks in Utah, Navajo dwellings in New Mexico, and Capt. William Clark’s stone signature in Montana. Ten states are represented in the exhibit: Utah, Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Washington and California.

The exhibit is on loan from the Anasazi Heritage Center, southwest Colorado’s premier archeological museum, operated by the BLM since 1988. The center is a museum of the Anasazi culture and other American Indian cultures, and is located near Dolores, Colo.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect, and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, WY. The center is currently operating on summer hours, and is open daily, 8 a.m. to 5: p.m.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 09-21-2010