Celebrate Women's History Month with The National Historic Trails Center. "Plain and Fancy: Art of the Needle" will mark the 40th Anniversary of the Casper Needle Guild,established in 1974.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is recognizing Women’s History Month with two temporary exhibits:  “Plain and Fancy: Art of the Needle” and “Women of Courage” quilt.  The exhibits open March 1 and runs through April.  The ladies of the Casper Needle Guild will present free needlework demonstrations at the Trails Center on March 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.

“Plain and Fancy: Art of the Needle” was coordinated by the Casper Needle Guild, and curated by Sue Blakey, director of the Wyoming Fiber Trails Project, and Alex Rose, interpreter at the NHTIC.  The exhibit includes 55 pieces representing needlework techniques.  “Plain and Fancy” celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Casper Needle Guild, established in 1974.  The exhibit shows traditional and contemporary pieces representing a variety of needlework techniques, including Norwegian hardanger, Brazilian embroidery and Rozashi Japanese needlepoint.  The exhibit includes a Kid’s Corner, where children can learn how to create their own designers with basic stitching.

The “Women of Courage” quilt recognizes 15 women who made their mark on world history.  Each block design corresponds with a heroine.  Some of the women are prominently featured in history, such as Sojourner Truth and Helen Keller.  Others are less well known:  Examples include Bessie Coleman, first African-American female pilot, and Nancy Wake, a member of the French Resistance during World War II.  The exhibit includes photographs and biographies of each courageous woman.  The quilt was designed by Denise Lipscomb of Waxahachie, Texas, and created by award winning quilter and quilting instructor Pam Elliot of Prism Quilt and Sew in Casper.  For more information contact the NHTIC at (307) 261-7780.