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Release Date: 04/14/14
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Trails Center Hosts Rug Braiding Workshop on May 10

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will host an intermediate wool rug braiding workshop on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The workshop is geared towards beginners who are ready to learn butting techniques for finishing a rug.

 Braided rugs by nationally recognized folk artist Norma Sturges.
Braided rugs by nationally recognized folk artist
Norma Sturges.
The workshop is sponsored by the local Casper Rug Braiders Guild which was created in 2013 after Norma Sturges’ braided rug exhibit at the NHTIC sparked intense interest.  Norma is a recent recipient of the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award and a motivating member of the guild.

Beverly Sullivan from the Rocky Mountain Rug Braiders Guild will be instructing the class.  All braiders are asked to bring their rug and braids prepared for the butting process.   Braiders without a rug to finish should bring a braided strip for practicing the butting process.

The workshop fee is $25 (including lunch) payable to the guild. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Please call the Trails Center at (307) 261-7787 or email  to register.

A beginner’s workshop for new braiders will be held on August 23.

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 regular 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: 04-15-2014