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Release Date: 04/09/13
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Want to Learn How to Braid Rugs?
Casper Rug Braiding Guild Meeting Held at the Trails Center

The Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is hosting an organizational meeting to create a rug braiding guild in Casper.  The purpose of the guild is to perpetuate and enhance the craft of rug braiding, and teach this traditional pioneer craft.

The inaugural meeting will be held on April 20 at 1 p.m.  All those interested in rug braiding are welcome.

The meeting will be led by Beverly Sullivan, a rug braiding instructor form Fort Collins, Colo.  Sullivan is a member of the Rocky Mountain Rug Braiders Guild, based in Denver.  Sullivan will discuss materials, equipment, and ideas for the creation of a local guild.

The Casper guild will be modeled after the Rocky Mountain Rug Braiders Guild, which was established in 1996.  The Colorado guild has no officers, and requires no dues.  It is simply a group of people interested in learning how to create a unique, American folk art.

The NHTIC is currently presenting a temporary exhibit, “Step on It: Braided Rugs by Norma Sturges.”  The exhibit shows 28 braided rugs by nationally recognized fiber artist and author Norma Sturges, of Casper.  The exhibit runs through April 30. 

The Casper rug braiding guild is supported by the Wyoming Fiber Trails Project, an on-line resource that promotes the fiber arts.  For more information on the Wyoming Fiber Trails Project, visit

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.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 04-09-2013