Summer 2017 at Fort Laramie NHS
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Fort Laramie National Historic Site’s summer season, featuring daily-talks, living history demonstrations, and special events throughout the season. The Fort begins its summer hours on May 27, 2017. The park’s historic grounds and buildings will be open from sunrise to sunset each day. The Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. The extended hours of operation will continue through Labor Day.
Join Fort Laramie NHS in celebrating one of America’s most special places and make meaningful connections to the nature, history, and culture of the Fort. “We invite our neighboring communities and visiting friends and relatives to join us out at the Fort for the 2017 summer special events,” said Park Superintendent Tom Baker. “We’ll focus on the amazing cultural and natural resources that make the Fort so special — a place where America’s heritage is celebrated every day.”
The schedule of special events planned for this summer include:
May 29- National Moment of Remembrance
The concept of a Memorial Day to honor the fallen began shortly after the Civil War. More recently, the National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress on December 28, 2000, to honor Americans who died in service to the nation and encourages all Americans to celebrate Memorial Day as a sacred and noble holiday that honors fellow Americans who paid the ultimate price for freedom.
July 4- The Hunter-Warrior of the Plains
The dynamic programs presented by well-known Native American actor, writer, and historian Michael "Bad Hand" Terry will stimulate learners of all ages and open the minds of visitors to consider new perspectives on history and culture.
July 4- Annual "Old Fashioned" Fourth of July Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day in authentic frontier style. For many years, Fort Laramie NHS has been a traditional part of Independence Day activities in southeast Wyoming. As in years past, the day will be packed with events and offer something for everyone.
July 22- Fort Laramie after Dark: Starry, Starry Night and a "Bat" Attitude
Join us for a "walk among the stars as you take a tour of the bright stars, constellations, and visible planets. Also, enjoy watching the Fort’s bats leave their daily roosts as their nightly hunt for insects begins. Listen to bat calls and decipher what they mean using bat echo meters.
August 19-20- All Signs Point to Fort Laramie
During this special event, visitors will encounter many of the characters and stories associated with the rich history of the Fort in a weekend-long living history encampment. The stories shared at this event reflect the diverse cultural identity of the many who have set foot in and around the Fort.
August 21, 2017- Great American Eclipse
Join us as the 2017 Great American Eclipse path of totality passes directly over Fort Laramie NHS. The Fort has been the setting for many historical events, and this is your chance to become a part of the Fort’s story. Witness this “once in a lifetime” opportunity in a setting that has, and will continue to capture the imagination of generations past, present, and future.
Admission to the park and all events is free, so bring out the family, visit Fort Laramie National Historic Site this summer. For more information on 2017 Events or summer program offerings visit the park website at www.nps.gov/fola or call the park at 307-837-2221. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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