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Patio Talks are FREE to the public and start at 1:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.
Patio Talks 2018
Free to the Public: Starting times at 1pm, unless otherwise noted
June 14 Lee Silliman
Yellowstone Engraved: The Daunting Task of Representing Wonderland
June 23 Don Erickson Navigating the Prairie
June 24 Reid Miller You Will Want To Return: The Ferris Mountains
July 1 Chris Jones Weather: the Constant Companion
July 7 Dave Jamiel Lies, Legends and Lore of the American West
July 8 Reid Miller From Territory To State In Just 22 Years
July 14 Hank Cramer Songs and Stories from the Emigrant Trails with Carter Jct.
(Performance Schedule: 11, 1 and 3)
July 15 Bruce Berst Dr. Dumas: Traveling Medicine Show
July 21 John Davis The Infamous Invasion of Johnson County
July 22 Bob King Iron-Horse Trails: A Brief History of Wyoming’s Railroads
July 28 Jerry Lucas The Legend of Hiram Scott
July 29 Jean Smart Smuggler’s Delight
August 4 Shawn Wade Chief Washakie: Visionary Chief of the Shoshones
August 5 Bruce Berst Weapons of Choice: The U.S. Army & Native Americans
August 11 Richard Kaan Black Hills Stagecoach & Freight Wagon Routes
August 12 Con Trumbull Historic Steam Railroading
August 17 Rob Swanson The Great Camel Corps Experiment
August 18 Jerry Lucas A Journey’s End: The Story of Rebecca Winters
August 19 NPEA Spirited Riders
August 25 Lesley Gaunt The Dating Game – Old West Style
August 26 Jim Russell Mail to & from the West Coast 1847-1869
September 1 Shawn & Daniel Grand Council: The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851
September 2 Daniel Mattern Roho Delgado: Military Soldier & Galvanized Yankee
September 8 Mike Bardgett Flora and Fauna of Independence Rock
September 9 Kirsten Reynolds Trouble on the Trail: Stories of Pioneer Women
Patio Talk Descriptions
Lee Silliman Yellowstone Engraved: The Daunting Task of Representing Wonderland
During this well-illustrated lecture, Lee Silliman, a retired teacher and museum archivist from Missoula, MT will focus on several slides and images, which cover the art of Thomas Moran and the photography of William Henry Jackson during the early days of Yellowstone Park.
Don Erikson Navigating the Prairie
Join us as Don Erikson, living historian and re-enactor with the U.S. Topographical Engineers, shares the intricacies, methodology and science of land navigation in the 1800’s. Don will provide a sound perspective of the transportation corridors, including migration and commerce along the pioneer route known as the Great Platte River road.
Reid Miller You Will Want To Return: The Ferris Mountains
Join us in the Trails Center theater for a colorful look at a special habitat situated halfway between Casper and Rawlins. The Ferris Mountains were a landmark for ancient hunters on foot, early explorers on horseback, and emigrants on their way up the Sweetwater in wagons. Today the ancient, isolated range offers inspiration and opportunities for various forms of recreation. This 45-minute presentation includes a new 27-minute high-definition video portrait of a true public lands treasure.
Chris Jones Weather: the Constant Companion
Wind, thunderstorms, and an arid landscape were the constant companion of the pioneer traveler. Pioneers heading west along the trail quickly found out just how different the climate and day-to-day weather was from their homes in the east and abroad. Join us as Chis Jones, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton, uses historical records and diaries in an attempt to reconstruct weather patterns associated with the ill-fated Willie and Martin Handcart companies of October 1856.
Dave Jamiel Lies, Legends and Lore of the American West
Many legends pertaining to Native American stories or American Frontiersman and mountain men may or may not be true. Please join us as historian Dave Jamiel, renders an engaging presentation for all ages in an entertaining manner concerning the settlement of the Trans-Mississippi West. Learn stories about America’s rich heritage as told through accounts of those who first shared them.
Reid Miller From Territory To State In Just 22 Years
Every Territory of our republic designated by Congress became a state, or was rendered into multiple states, in its own time. Come and find out how Wyoming is unique among the states as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of her designation as a Territory in July 1868. See what was going on at that time in Cheyenne, and what the new Territory's citizens were growing impatient for! We will profile some key players in Wyoming's achievements as a respected name in the Rocky Mountain west and enjoy a big birthday cake on the veranda to honor their hard work!
Hank Cramer & Carter Junction Songs and Stories from the Emigrant Trails
HANK CRAMER SINGS AT THE NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAILS CENTER!
Traveling folksinger Hank Cramer, along with duo Carter Junction, will perform several pioneer songs at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center at 11, 1 and 3 p.m. The shows will consist of songs that were popular in the days of westward migration along the Oregon, California, Mormon, and Bozeman Trails. The audience is encouraged to join in, so bring your singing voices!
Hank Cramer is an international-touring musician based in eastern Washington. He is best known for his booming bass voice, wry sense of humor, and smooth picking on vintage guitars and banjos. His music spans many genres, from Celtic to cowboy. However, the stories of America’s westward migration are one of Hank’s special interests.
Bruce Berst Dr. Dumas: Traveling Medicine Show
From the mid 1800's to the 1940's, one of the first forms of medicine to reach frontier America was the traveling Medicine Show. Part entertainment, part scam and quackery, these “shows" traveled the west with their miracle cures. The presenter will give you an example of what these shows were like, followed by a question and answer period.
John Davis The Infamous Invasion of Johnson County
During 1892, conflict and unrest between large and small cattlemen for the open range was at its height. Here in Wyoming, the focus was in Johnson County. Join us as noted author, John Davis, addresses the Johnson County War and gives an overview of the events surrounding the hostilities. He will also address the genesis and history of his writing of Wyoming Range War.
Bob King Iron Horse Trails – a Brief History of Wyoming’s Railroad
Due to the Union Pacific’s role in construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, UP was granted ownership of lands across almost 500 miles of what would become Laramie, Albany, Carbon, Sweetwater, and Uinta Counties in Wyoming. This land grant, resulting in what would be referred to as the “Checkerboard Lands,” has played a significant role in the growth and economy of Wyoming.
Jerry Lucas The Legend of Hiram Scott
Beyond being active in the fur trade, rendezvous, and the West, little much is known about Hiram Scott with any certainty. Today, Scotts Bluff National Monument is named for him and various perspectives and stories abound regarding his death. Join us as Jerry Lucas, associated with Scotts Bluff National Monument, looks back at the myths and legends surrounding Hiram Scott, and shares some insight and thoughts into his demise.
Jean Smart Smuggler’s Delight
The journey west was a long and strenuous adventure for the pioneers. As a pioneer woman, many journals divulge into the mischief of smuggling items of importance into the wagon without others in the pioneer train even knowing. Join us as NHTIC volunteer Jean Smart shares some of these stories and keepsake items in this tempting tale!
Shawn Wade Chief Washakie: Visionary Chief of the Shoshones
Join trails center Interpreter Shawn Wade as he recounts the life of Chief Washakie. This visionary leader led the Eastern Shoshones during one of the tribe’s greatest transitional periods. Washakie was able to foresee that the lifeways of the Shoshones were changing. The tribe was faced with adaptation or extinction. Washakie worked closely with the whites but advocated for and protected the interests of his people. Statesman, diplomat, and warrior, Washakie is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in Native American history. Today, Washakie’s vision is remembered through several statues, one of which is at the National Capital building.
Bruce Berst Weapons of Choice – The U.S. Army & Native Americans
As weapons changed, both in their design and practicality, the “taming of the West” became a task that was now accomplished with a reliable firearm. Join us as NHTIC volunteer and living historian Bruce Berst discusses the above issues as well as the corresponding impacts on the Indian Wars.
Richard Kaan Black Hills Stagecoach & Freight Wagon Routes
Using specific timelines, maps, and original photographs with satellite imagery, scholar Richard Kaan will focus on the political, cultural, economic and topographical issues affecting the Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Routes leading to the Black Hills from Cheyenne, WY and Sydney, NE.
Con Trumbull Historic Steam Railroading
For 188 years, steam locomotives have been traversing American rails tying a large country together and creating the United States we know today. The men and women who worked on them were revered in songs and poetry almost as much as the steam giants themselves were. In this program, local historian ConTrumbull will explain what it takes to operate a historic steam railroad through photos, objects and stories.
Rob Swanson The Great Camel Corps Experiment
John B. Floyd, United States Secretary of War, 1859 had this to say regarding the Great Camel Corps Experiment. “The experiment thus far….demonstrate that camels constitute a most useful and economic means of transportation for men and supplies through the great desert and barren portions of our interior…An abundant supply of these animals would enable our Army to give greater and prompter protection to our frontiers.” Come and learn more about this mysterious experiment with the help of Trails Center employee Rob Swanson.
Jerry Lucas A Journey’s End: The Story of Rebecca Winters and Her Grave
This is the story of Mormon pioneer Rebecca Winters, and her journey from New York, to Ohio, and Illinois, and her trek west on the Mormon pioneer trail. It is a story of the journey of the Mormon people and the effect her death had on a community. Join us as Jerry Lucas, associated with Scotts Bluff National Monument shares Rebecca’s story and the intriguing twists and turns linked with her story.
NPEA Spirited Riders
The Pony Express, more commonly just called the “Pony” caught the imagination of many when in existence, both young and old, and it still captures our imagination today. Although it lasted only a short time, the Pony is forever a part of history. Join National Pony Express Association Members as they share this remarkable story! Pony Express Rider, horse and Mochila will be on hand!
Lesley Gaunt The Dating Game – Old West Style
Westward Expansion in the 19th century had an unexpected glitch - not many women traveled west originally. Women were considered a strong civilizing influence over men and the imbalance needed to be dealt with. So how did men, and women, seek a solution to the problem? Join National Park Service Ranger Lesley Gaunt, from Scotts Bluff National Monument, as she explores the early history mail order brides.
Jim Russell Mail to & from the West Coast: 1847-1869
Establishment of mail delivery to the West Coast was a very conflicting matter during an important period. Join us as NHTIC volunteer, Jim Russell, addresses the politics regarding mail delivery to the West Coast leading up to the Civil War and why it became a major issue for the Union when the Civil War started.
Shawn and Daniel Grand Council: The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851
Join trails center volunteer Daniel Mattern and staff Interpreter Shawn Wade as they recount the historic Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851. This pivotal treaty brought the largest ever gathering of Native Americans to the high plains for meetings with the United States Government in September of 1851. The treaty, intended to keep the plains Indians from warring with each other, contained provisions for the protection of westbound emigrants. Mattern and Wade’s program will feature both Native American and military perspectives. The “Grand Council” resulted in relative peace that lasted only a few short years.
Daniel Mattern Roho Delgado: Military Soldier and Galvanized Yankee
After being captured at the Battle of Antietam in 1862, “Private” Delgado, a prisoner of war and Confederate soldier, was given the choice of staying put, or going out west as a “Galvanized Yankee” to protect the telegraph lines. Join us as NHTIC volunteer Daniel Mattern presents the life and times of Mr. Delgado as well as vivid, hands-on descriptions of his military uniform.
Mike Bardgett Flora and Fauna of Independence Rock
As one of the most known and documented landmarks along the historic pioneer trails, Independence Rock can still be seen in its entire splendor. Join us as Mike Bardgett shares a brief description of the plants and animals observed at the Rock. Mike was a docent/maintenance technician who worked on site at Independence Rock for five seasons.
Kirsten Reynolds Trouble on the Trail: Stories of Pioneer Women
Pioneer women faced incredible hardships while traveling west, forcing many to step up and be the driving force for their family’s survival and arrival to their final Western destination. Join trails center Interpretive Park Ranger Kirsten Reynolds as she highlights the experiences of some of these brave women, and the choices that confronted them while traveling the trail to their hopeful homestead.
Posted on: Thursday April 19, 2018 @ 12:00 AM