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High Plains District
Release Date: 05/22/14
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser,    

Trails Center to Host Smithsonian Exhibition

The Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibition Journey Stories will open this Saturday, May 24 at the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) in Casper.

Visitors are invited to explore accounts of the remarkable mobility of Americans from several subcultures of American history to learn how and why they traveled to and throughout our nation, gradually defining how we view ourselves as a society. Journey Stories is designed to inspire reflection on the nation's relentless westward expansion, which began in colonial times and continues in the present day.

"One of the priceless qualities of life in America is our tradition of movement - whether vacationing, migrating seasonally, or relocating to start a new life across the continent or just across the State line - we are a society free to move", said NHTIC Interpreter Reid Miller. "We are honored and excited to be the first venue for Journey Stories in Wyoming as it begins a two-year tour of the State."

A grant from the Smithsonian Institution and the Wyoming Humanities Council made the Journey Stories exhibition possible in Wyoming. The program is an element of the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program, which brings high quality, thought-provoking exhibitions to rural America.

Journey Stories will be on display at the Trails Center through Sunday, July 20. The NHTIC is located at 1501 North Poplar Street in Casper, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25.

The Trails Center will close for Memorial Day, and re-open on Tuesday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m for regular hours. For more information please call 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 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: 05-22-2014