The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, 1501 N. Center St., is offering free programs about the total eclipse of the sun from Thursday through Monday, according to a news release.


2 p.m. -- Take a walk in the shoes of an explorer, before the times of Google Maps and GPS. Trey Corkern presents “Mapping of Heaven and Earth: Explorers & Their Equipment."



10 a.m. -- “Native Tales of the Sun, the Stars and the Eclipse."

10 a.m. -- Trails Center Education Technician Stacey Moore will present “Eclipse Maladies." Prepare medicines for eclipse ailments during this introduction to snake oil remedies on the frontier. Please come prepared to get a little messy.

1 p.m. -- “Sky Wolves Swallow Fire: How Ancient Humans Understood a Solar Eclipse."

3 p.m. -- Explore potions and elixirs during Bruce Berst’s presentation of “Dr. Dumas: Traveling Medicine Show."

6:30 p.m. -- The entire family can relax in the auditorium with a special movie about an adventurous mouse heading west.



10 a.m. -- Trey Corkern presents “The Night the Stars Fell in 1833." This grand spectacle united the world as three nights were filled with meteor showers that left a lasting impression on generations to come.

1 p.m. -- Learn about the famed, yet short-lived pony-driven mail delivery system. Les Bennington will present “String of Stations: The Pony Express” during a discussion at the patio.

3 p.m. -- Dr. David Gruber talks about “Astronomy in the 'Simpsons.'”



2 p.m. -- Create a keepsake of the 2017 Solar Eclipse. “Journaling the Eclipse,” presented by Stacey Moore, will give participants the opportunity to reflect on the event while creating their own journal to take home.

For more information, please contact the National Historic Trails Center at (307) 261-7780.


The Trails Center is a part of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's National Landscape Conservation System. The Landscape Conservation System's mission is to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of landscapes.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.

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