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Program gives youngsters opportunity to learn about the telegraph

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CASPER, Wyo. — Fort Caspar Museum and the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center are partnering to present a series of new classes combining the Trails Center’s “History Club” and Fort Caspar Museum’s “Hands-on History” program.

The classes are free, geared toward children in 2nd through 5th grades, and alternates locations between the Trails Center and Fort Caspar Museum.  

March’s class is “How the Telegraph Transformed the West and the World” on Saturday, March 14th at the National Historic Trails Center beginning at 10:00 am.

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“Before telephones, emails, texts, and the internet, there was the Telegraph.  This technological wonder of the mid-19th century transformed the world by allowing people for the first time to communicate over great distances in “real” time,” say officials from Fort Caspar Museum and the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. “Participants will learn about the Transcontinental Telegraph that crossed our country-including a station at Fort Caspar-in the 1860s, play Morse Code games, and assemble their own simple telegraph.”

While History Club/Hands-on classes are geared for children ages 7 through 10 years, everyone is welcome, however younger children (6 years and under) must be accompanied by an adult.

Classes are free, but reservations are appreciated and strongly suggested.  

To reserve your child’s spot and for more information, please call either the Trails Center at 307-261-7780 or Fort Caspar Museum at 307-235-8462.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street in Casper, Wyoming, and Fort Caspar Museum is located at 4001 Fort Caspar Road in Casper, Wyoming.