NHTIC used closure to finish projects its excited to share with visitors

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 5:09 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On an average day, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is not only filled with local history, but plenty of visitors as well. NHTIC was closed indefinitely throughout the majority of summer but the grounds were still open.

“Even when the building was closed, we still had a lot of people stopping by and just wandering the grounds,” said Bureau of Land Management’s acting public affairs specialist, Tyson Finnicum.

The trails center has recently softly reopened, and the safety of staff, volunteers and visitors is its priority. It’s led to staff focusing on the outdoor experience it has to offer.

“How we’re doing that is we’re greeting people outside on the grounds, providing interpretive messages there and we’re also doing more of our outdoors based programs like our wagon talks. Now we can actually interact with the public which is our mission,” said Finnicum.

The closure also gave the trails center a chance to dedicate time to some of its own projects. From fixing displays, to a $250,000 new lighting system for its theater area.

“Most of these exhibits, well anything that hasn’t been overhauled, is coming up on 20 years old. That’s a lot of hands that have touched everything and so maintaining everything that’s on our floors is a full time job, and it’s pretty serious business, and if something doesn’t work properly, that diminishes the experience,” said National Historic Trails Center Foundation executive director, Carrie Reece.

Reece said each time someone comes through their doors, it might be their first and only visit to Casper. So they do their best to keep everything up and running at all times.

The trails center is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and staff encourages people to call ahead if they have questions. For more information on the trails center, you can visit its website here.

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