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Release Date: 07/18/14
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Folk Singer Hank Cramer to Perform at the Trails Center

Traveling folk singer Hank Cramer will present a free concert of pioneer songs at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m.

The concert will consist of songs that were popular in the days of westward migration along the Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, and Bozeman Trails. The audience is encouraged to join in, so bring your singing voices! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Hank Cramer is an international touring musician based in eastern Washington. He is best known for his booming bass voice, wry sense of humor, and smooth picking on vintage guitars and banjos. Mr. Cramer has released twenty albums and several music videos, and is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Washington Award. A scholar as well as musician, Mr. Cramer earned a degree in history at the University of Arizona and has taught history for Elder Hostel, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the University of Washington.

In reflecting on music of the 19th Century, Cramer thinks a lot about how individuals shape - and are shaped by - their journeys. “It all comes back to human stories,” he says. “Our history is important - where we came from is important.” In Cramer’s experience our achievements as a culture can be found “in the recurring story of how different people face the same challenges… and how they find the answers to those challenges and how they pass them on.”

Mr. Cramer is presenting a series of concerts along the westward trails this summer, with appearances at Guernsey, Fort Laramie, and Chimney Rock. When not on the road performing, he lives on a ranch in Washington’s Methow Valley with his wife Kit and their daughter Kelsey.

For more information please contact Reid Miller at (307) 261-7781 or the Trails Center Information Desk at (307) 261-7700.

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, Wyoming.

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.

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Last updated: 07-18-2014