This program will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 with the following scheduled activities:
11-11:30 am Join us as Elder Bushman from Martin’s Cove Historic Site presents:“Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel.” Share in the stories of handcarts along the Historic Mormon Pioneer Trail from 1856 to 1860. Learn of their trials and triumphs along the 1,327 mile journey from Iowa City, Iowa to the Salt Lake Valley.
12-12:30 pm Join us as local interpreter Janet Wragge shares in the stories of women’s pioneer clothing from the 1840’s-1860’s. Her interpretive program titled “They Wore What?” will sure get your attention! On display will be many different outfits.
1-2 pm As pioneers headed west, each had one common, constant companion – the weather. Join us as meteorologist Chris Jones with the National Weather Service discusses the various challenges the weather posed; spring rains, a drier climate, wind, thunderstorms, and autumn snows, in his presentation titled “Weather: The Constant Companion.” A portion of this multimedia presentation will attempt to reconstruct the fateful snow storm encountered by the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, this third winter series event according to Jo Foster, NHTIC Acting Director, “will focus on the experiences of pioneer women in the handcart companies as well as what types of clothes pioneer women wore. We will also have a presentation on the weather changes that were pivotal in the Willy and Martin Handcart Companies.”
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is also supporting the local Wyoming Food for Thought Project. Currently there are over 400 children here in the surrounding Casper community which the Wyoming Food for Thought Project provides food each and every weekend with their Food for Thought Food Bags. Each bag is packed with kid-friendly food so children will have something to eat over the weekend.
This entire day, March 14, will be a FREE DAY for the public. We are asking families to please bring kid-friendly food donations for the Wyoming Food for Thought Project! Items can include: fruit cups, peanut butter, soup, snacks, nuts, dried fruit, canned pasta, canned vegetables, etc.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the NHTIC will feature a new temporary exhibit entitled: “Handcarts to Heroes.” The exhibit will feature journal accounts and quotes from the women of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies of 1856 who sacrificed much in their westward trek. This exhibit will be on display through April 11, 2015.
For more information, please contact Jason Vlcan 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, 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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.