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Release Date: 02/14/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

"Wyoming Knits! Contemporary Knitting in the Cowboy State"
Trails Center Celebrates Women's History Month with Exhibit on the Fiber Arts

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is recognizing Women’s History Month with a temporary exhibit, “Wyoming Knits! Contemporary Knitting in the Cowboy State.”

A baby boy, warmed with a hand-knit blanket.
A baby boy, Asher Rose, warmed with a hand-knit blanket, created by his aunt, Erin Rose.
Photo by David Pelham.

The exhibit opens on March 3, and runs throughout the month. The exhibit celebrates the beauty and diversity of the fiber arts, and features over 100 examples of knit and crocheted items by Wyoming artists.

“The exhibit provides a modern day connection to our pioneer past,” said Trails Center interpreter Alex Rose.

Wyoming fiber artists from Casper, Cody, Lander, Riverton, Buffalo, Thermopolis, and Laramie contributed to the exhibit.

Pioneer women knit socks, mittens, even shawls. Today, fiber artists create hats, purses, slippers, stuffed animals, and even knit prosthetic breasts for breast cancer survivors.

“We often buy clothing made in other countries, in factories by machines, by people we do not know, with fabrics that are synthetic and unnatural,” Rose said. “With the fiber arts, people create items, with their hands, that express their love for family, friends and even strangers.”

Some of the items in the exhibit are available for sale, with part of the proceeds benefitting the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.

The following Wyoming yarn shops and organizations helped facilitate the exhibit: Cowgirl Yarn of Laramie, Dancing Sheep Yarn and Fiber of Casper, Fremont Fiber Arts Guild, Jennings Family Fibers of Riverton, Lucy’s Sheep Camp of Thermopolis, Mountain Meadow Wool Mill of Buffalo, and Needlework Paradise of Cody.

Erin Rose, curator of education at Fort Caspar Museum, and a knitting instructor, contributed to the exhibit.

For more information, 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.

NHTIC   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 02-14-2012