Visit Casper helps Ford Wyoming Center celebrate 40 years with Artifact Tour

Visit Casper helps FWC celebrate 40 years with Artifact Tour
Visit Casper helps FWC celebrate 40 years with Artifact Tour(Travis Mitchell)
Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 10:39 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Ford Wyoming Center opened its doors in 1982 and over its 40 year life span has held a multitude of diverse events. Each event left behind some memorabilia or artifact and this month Visit Casper is partnering with a few local organizations to help display these pieces.

The first Artifact Tour kicked off on June 1, with a VIP tour of the three locations participating. The first stop was the Nicolaysen Art Museum which is housing some pieces from past sporting events and rodeos that were hosted by the Center. Following that the tour visited Scarlow’s Art and Coffee shop on Second Street and finally ended the evening at ART 321 which contained posters and signed photographs from famous musicians and acts that performed in the Center.

“This evening we’re kicking off the celebration of the Ford Wyoming centers 40th anniversary by celebrating with four decades of memorabilia at three different locations in town,” said Amanda Sewell who is Visit Casper’s Destination Experience Coordinator.

The VIP event was attended by the Ford Wyoming Centers General Manager Brad murphy who gave a speech thanking all those involved in setting up the evening. He also recognized city officials in the 1980′s who had the foresight to create the center.

City council member Jai-Ayla Sutherland, who also attended the event, noted that, while growing up in Casper, she attended events at the Center her whole life and recognized the sentimental value along with the income that it generates for the city. Mrs. Sutherland said, “I think people are aware that the city is a big supporter of the Ford Wyoming Center and that’s because it draws so many people from across the state and across the country for all the different events that it brings to us so I think it’s really important for a number of reasons.”

The artifact tour will be open to the public for the entire month of June and will allow folks to experience some of the history that has been made right here in Casper over the past 40 years and let them know that there is still more to come from the Center.

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