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Fort Caspar Museum to highlight local ‘ghost signs’ in new Lunch and Learn program

Fort Caspar Museum (File, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. —​ The Fort Caspar Museum Association recently announced that its upcoming winter Lunch and Learn program will be “Ghost Signs of Casper.”

It will run from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, and will feature two Casper history enthusiasts who will talk about their efforts to document local “ghost signs” — fading, painted advertising signs from the sides of old buildings.

John Lang and Connie Thompson Hall both grew up in Casper and said they have many memories of earlier days in their hometown. The pair share a love of history and a passion for preservation. Both currently serve on the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Casper.

In their efforts to preserve historic structures, especially old buildings, they noticed many had barely legible signs painted on them. Lang and Hall set out to document as many as possible before they completely disappear. So far, they’ve collected close to 60. Lang and Thompson said they hope to interest others in preserving this fast-fading part of Casper’s history.

An optional lunch will be served at noon, followed by the lecture at 1 p.m. Reservations are required for the lunch and must be made by Jan. 19. To reserve a spot, call 307-235-8462. The cost for lunch is $5 for FCMA members and $8 for non-members; the lecture is free with paid lunch or free with paid museum admission.

Fort Caspar Museum’s hours in January are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Admission is $2 for adults, $1.50 for youth ages 13–18 and seniors ages 62 and up and free for children 12 and younger and FCMA members.

For more information, call the Museum at 307-235-8462 or visit the Fort Caspar website. Fort Caspar Museum is located at 4001 Fort Caspar Road.


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