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Release Date: 06/19/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Trails Center Presents 1800s Games Workshop

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act with a series of family workshops.

The second in the series, 1800s Games, will take place on Wednesday, June 27, from 10 to 11a.m. Families are invited to the NHTIC to learn games played in the 1800s.

“Evenings on the plains were family times. Reading a book, singing, and playing board games were ways to pass time together,” says interpreter, Liz Thyfault.

Join our interpretive staff and learn to play the popular board games of Draughts, Fox & Geese, and Shut the Box. Shut the Box was a popular game played by sailors and trappers. “After learning the rules to the games, we will play and enjoy our time together,” says interpreter Stacey Moore.

Registration is required for workshop participation. Cost is $2 for adults. Children are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; to make reservations, or for more information call the NHTIC 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 Center is currently operating on summer hours, and is open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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: 06-19-2012