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Trails Center seeking family stories, diaries and photos for first-ever ‘Trails History Harvest’

(National Historic Trails Interpretive Center)

CASPER, Wyo. — The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is inviting people to share family stories, photographs and documents related to historic trails for its first-ever “Trails History Harvest.”

“An unknown number of diaries and letters traversed the plains carried in the wagons, pockets, and packs of the nearly 500,000 people who made their way along the historic trail,” the Trails Center said in an announcement of the call for family stories. “Today, many of those stories may still survive in attics or basements or have been passed down as family lore.”

“The Trails Center invites anyone with trails-related documents and memories to share, as these accounts can help solve mysteries and add to our understanding of experiences on the trails.”

People with stories, photographs and documents can go to the Trails Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7. There, Trails Center experts and volunteers will photograph the document and also record oral stories shared by members of the public.

“Both days will also feature presentations by Trails Center park ranger Kylie L. McCormick and Casper College Western History Center librarian and archivist Hanz Olson,” the Trails Center added.

Those presentations will be as follows:

  • 11 a.m. — McCormick will share the story of Alfred J. Adams and the rediscovery of his 1859 diary, which until recently was kept in a private family collection.  
  • 1 p.m. — Olson will give a workshop on at-home archiving, sharing the best practices for preserving treasured family records. Olson will define archival concepts to help identify, arrange, and preserve materials. Participants are encouraged to bring their own physical or digital photos or documents to learn hands-on. 

People wanting more information about the Trails History Harvest can contact McCormick at kmccormick@blm.gov or call the Trails Center at 307-261-7700

The Trails Center is located at 1501 North Poplar St. in Casper. Admission is free.