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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

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The Trails Center commemorates Native American history, early explorers, and the travel corridor of the Oregon, Mormon, California, and Pony Express trails, as well as the Bridger and Bozeman trails through hands-on, interactive exhibits in seven galleries and an 18 minute multi-media program. There is no fee to visit the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is operated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Department of Interior. The facility opened in 2002 and is a public-private partnership between the BLM, the National Historic Trails Center Foundation, and the City of Casper, Wyoming.

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Jun 19

1st Annual Trailblazin' 5K

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Trailblaze a scenic 3 miles through the West as you run past living historians along the Platte River. At the turn around...

Jun 19

Riding the Pony Express

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Learn about the Pony Express, the coolest mailmen ever, and compete in a relay race!

Jun 20
Jun 22

Pony Express Reride and Watercolor Batik Artist in Residence

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The annual Pony Express re-ride will arrive at the National Historic Trails between 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Visit...

Jun 26

Gold Rush!

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We're talking about '49ers! No, not the NFL team, but those who ran West in search of gold.

Jun 27

Independence Rock Fun Facts--A Patio Talk with Mike Bardgett

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Join Mike Bardgett at an indoor patio talk to hear fun facts about Independence Rock

Jul 03

Live Native Amercan Artwork with Gerald Cournoyer--All Day, and Special Program at 2 pm

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Native American Artwork demonstration all day with Gerald Cournoyer. There will be a special program at 2 pm indoors.

Jul 03

Live Pioneer Music with Hank Cramer

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Experience pioneer music indoors and outdoors with Hank Cramer: 11 am--Oregon Trail Songs; 1 pm--California Trail Songs; 3...

Jul 03

Native American Artist Demonstration and Live Pioneer Music

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Gerald Cournoyer member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and accomplished painter, will demonstrate his art, while Hank Cramer...

Jul 03

Painting Native America

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Create your own masterpiece as Lakota artist, Gerald Cournoyer, speaks about Native American art.

Jul 04

The History of Company I with Daniel Mattern

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Listen to Daniel Mattern on the History of Company I--an indoor Patio Talk

Jul 10

Making History

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Write your own story and learn how history was made 200 years ago in Wyoming.

Jul 10

Native American History Weekend

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Willie LeClair, member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Indian Reservation, will present on Eastern Shoshone...

Jul 10

Shoshone Traditions and Historic Lifestyles with Willie LeClair

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An indoor Patio Talk with Willie LeClair presenting on Shoshone Traditions and Historic Lifestyles

Jul 11

Book Signing and Presentation with Donovin Sprague

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Donovin Sprague, author, gives a presentation and book signing, on "Lakota and Cheyenne on the Bozeman Trail and at Platte...

Jul 11

Jerry Enzler Book Presentation

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Author Jerry Enzler will present on his new book, "Jim Bridger-Trailblazer of the American West." Book signings will follow...

Jul 11

Native American History Weekend

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Donovin Sprague, a Minnicoujou Lakota from the Hump and Crazy Horse family, and acclaimed author of ten books, will present on...

Jul 11

Patio Talk with Author Jerry Enzler

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Jerry Enzler, author, will give a presentation and book signing on "Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the American West." This will...

Jul 17

Songs from the Oregon Trail

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The celebrated musical duo of "Buffalo Bill" and Dr. Jo will perform exciting songs about life on the Oregon Trail.

Jul 17

Songs of the Oregon Trail with William "Buffalo Bill" Boycott

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Listen to an indoor presentation of "Songs of the Oregon Trail" with William "Buffalo Bill" Boycott.

Jul 17

Trading Furs, Beads, and Other Things

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Experience our nation's fur trade history through a fun, hands-on activity.

Jul 18

Dr. Dumas and the Snake Oil Salesman--a Patio Talk Indoors with Bruce Berst

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Watch Bruce Berst as he presents "Dr. Dumas and the Snake Oil Salesman." Held indoors.

Jul 24

Wagon's Above!

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Let's talk wagons--and maybe pack one of our own!

Jul 24

Wheelwright and Wagon History

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Watch a presentation with Doug Hansen, "Wheelwright and Wagon History". Held outside at 11 am, and again at 3 pm.

Jul 24

Wheelwright and Wagon History

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At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Doug Hansen of South Dakota Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop fame, will share his story as a wheelwright,...

Jul 25

The Arms Race of the American Indian Wars

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Listen to an indoor patio talk with Bruce Berst on "The Arms Race of the American Indian Wars."

Jul 31

Civilian Pioneer Reenactment

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Watch an outdoor civilian pioneer reenactment with actors Nic Skalicky and Daniel Mattern.

Jul 31

Pioneer Living History Weekend

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Come up to see Casper-area living historian Jean Smart prepare a 19th century homesteading cabin, while other historic period...

Jul 31

Seeking Gold in California

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It's 1849 and there's gold in California. Let's go find it!

Aug 01

Homesteading on the Prairie

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Watch an authentic demonstration with Jean Smart about homesteading on the prairie. The presentation will be held outside)

Aug 07

A String of Stations

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Listen to an outdoor presentation with Les Bennington on the Pony Express Trail, "A String of Stations".

Aug 07

Riding the Pony Express

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Horses, mail, and a race out west. We're talking about the Pony Express!

Aug 08

Pioneer Music with the Merchant Family

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Come up to the "Trails" and listen to "Live Pioneer Music" with the Merchant Family. Music will be held outdoors.

Aug 14

Life on the Overland Trail

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Find out what life was like for a pioneer on the Overland Trail.

Aug 14

Presentation and Book Signing with Jefferson Glass

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Listen to an indoor presentation and book signing with author Jefferson Glass on his book, "Empire: The Pioneer Legacy of an...

Aug 15

Independence Rock Fun Facts

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Join Mike Bardgett outdoors for a presentation on Independence Rock Fun Facts.

Aug 21

Pioneer Dutch Oven Cooking

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Join Jean Smart outdoors for her demonstration, "Pioneer Dutch Oven Cooking."

Aug 21

United We Stand! Divided We Fall!

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So, you want to be a soldier? Let us get you into fighting shape for the Civil War!

Aug 22

1864 Military Camp Presentation

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Watch an outdoor presentation with Nic Skalicky and Daniel Mattern on "An 1864 Military Camp."

Aug 28

Pioneer Pastimes

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Pioneers had to pass the time somehow on the Overland Trail--this is how!

Aug 28

Storytelling Along the Oregon Trail

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Watch the presentation by The Great Bear Folk Theater on "Storytelling Along the Oregon Trail." Presented in our indoor...

Aug 29

The Partial Collapse of the 1866 Fort Laramie Treaty

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Join us for Daniel Mattern's indoor presentation on "The Partial Collapse of the 1866 Fort Laramie Treaty."