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Release Date: 11/22/11
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

Trails Center Announces It's Annual Holiday on the Homestead:
Model Trains, Yarn Dolls, the Prairie Sweet Shop and More

Dip pretzels in melted chocolate, create a yarn doll, and operate model trains at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center’s (NHTIC) annual “Holiday on the Homestead.”

The Trails Center’s annual event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival will feature holiday music and pioneer demonstrations, along with a variety hands-on of activities.

A model train at the Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association clubhouse.

A model train at the Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association clubhouse. Visitors will have the opportunity to operate five model trains
at the Trails Center.

Festivities are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies and families of Natrona County.

“Holiday on the Homestead is a community holiday celebration,” said Trails Center Director Mike Abel. “We are offering a variety of family-oriented, educational and fun activities.”

The following is a list of activities for the event:

  • Operate a model train
    All aboard! The Central Wyoming Model Railroad Association will assist folks in operating five model railroads. The model trains represent range from coal-powered trains to steam locomotives.
  • Make a yarn doll
    Emigrant children on the trails often made their own dolls. Create your own unique yarn doll.
  • Create an ornament
    Decorate wooden ornaments for your Christmas tree. Natural, wooden medallions will be provided for decoration, while supplies last.
  • Visit the Prairie Sweet Shop
    Stop by the Prairie Sweet Shop and make your own chocolate treats. A Trails Center pioneer reenactor will melt the chocolate in Dutch ovens (while supplies last).
  • Take family photos in pioneer clothes
    Dress up in pioneer clothes for old-time, family photos. A pioneer reenactor and professional photographer will assist families in dressing up in traditional pioneer clothing for photographs. Participants must provide their own digital camera for photos.
  • Carve a snow flake
    Visit the snowflake station, and cut out your own paper snowflake. The designs will be used to decorate the Trails Center’s lobby.
  • Create paper dolls
    Recycle the Trails Center’s newspapers by making your own paper dolls.
  • Casper College Clarinet Group
    Enjoy holiday selections by the Casper College Clarinet group. The students will perform from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Ana-Rachel and Friends
    Local musical group Ana-Rachel and Friends will present traditional holiday string music in the theater, from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Pioneer Demonstrations and Christmas Stories
    Enjoy demonstrations of pioneer arts and crafts, including the creation of corn husk dolls and candles, along with Christmas stories. Frontier military reenactors will provide demonstrations as well.
  • Hang out with Seymour!
    The BLM mascot Seymour Antelope will make an appearance. Seymour raises awareness about the importance of connecting children and families with nature and public lands.

For more information about “Holiday on the Homestead,” contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.


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, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 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.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 11-22-2011