Historic site offers free programs, concert


FORT LARAMIE – The walls of the Fort Laramie National Historic Site here will ring with the sounds of Celtic folk music this weekend during a special concert.
Internationally-known musician Hank Cramer will be featured at three free concerts, Saturday and Sunday, at FLNHS. Performances are Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Cramer is known for his booming bass voice, smooth touch with his vintage flat-top guitar and a wry sense of humor. He has more than 20 albums to his credit and performs regularly at the Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, the National Maritime Historic Park and aboard the U.S.S. Constellation.
On Saturday, June 22, join NPS Rangers astronomer Kendall Jacobs, a mathematics instructor at Casper College, and biologist Mary Mercier for Fort Laramie After Dark.
The free program will feature an informative lecture on the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus), thousands of which call the site home. Attendees will have the chance to watch as the bats leave their daily roosts for the nightly insect hunt. Mercier will guide attendees, listening to bat calls and trying to figure out what they mean using
echo meters
Following the bat lessons, Jacobs will lead a “walk among the stars,” a tour of the brightest objects in the night sky, stars, constellations and visible planets. Jacobs presentation will include scientific fact mixed with myth, legends and history.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to view more elusive celestial objects through telescopes. Viewing will last until the final stargazer falls asleep or the sun comes up, whichever comes first.
Bat Attitude and A Walk Among The Stars are both presented free of charge. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs, insect repellent and a flashlight. For more information on these programs, call (307) 837-2221 or email [email protected]

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