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Release Date: 07/30/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Trails Center Presents Braided Rugs Workshop

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act with a series of family workshops. The final workshop in the series, “Braided Rugs,” will take place on Wednesday Aug. 15 from 10 to 11:00 a.m.

“Braided rugs remind me of my childhood,” says interpreter Stacey Moore. “They inspire a very homey, comfortable feeling.” The workshop will teach the steps of creating a braided rug from scrap material.

“It is a good way to recycle those old sheets and keep your toes warm during the winter,” says Interpreter Liz Thyfault.

All materials necessary to start a rug will be provided. Participants desiring a particular color scheme or wanting to recycle old sheets or material are welcome to bring cotton fabric to the workshop.

Participants will be hand-sewing, ironing, and braiding. Children are free, but must be accompanied an adult willing to assist them as needed. Registration is required for workshop participation. Cost is $2 for adults. Call (307) 261-7780 to reserve your spot today.

The NHTIC first opened on August 9, 2002. The Trails Center will provide a series of programs and activities in celebration of its 10th anniversary throughout August 2012. For more information, contact the Trails Center at (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 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.

Last updated: 07-30-2012