The year 1849 was a dynamic time in North America and around the world, marked by events and growth that resulted in profound change to our nation's character. The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center will offer a colorful temporary exhibit running throughout the month of April, titled "1849: As Our Nation Expanded, the World Grew Smaller". The exhibit will highlight some interesting turning points in our nation's character; in state and national government; and in the foresight of entrepreneurs and immigrants who helped move us westward. This is a great opportunity for kids, young and old, to connect with America’s cultural heritage. Come to the Trails Center and learn about a reluctant President who refused to align himself with the platform of any political party; or read how California prepared for statehood out of necessity - virtually overnight, compared to other states of the republic. Do you remember what the first "Homeland Department" was called, and is it still around today? "This exhibit demonstrates how America was finding its way into the future in the mid-nineteenth century", said Trails Center Director Chris Wilkinson. "Some of its stories may surprise you, and all are sure to make you want to learn more, so come on up! Everyone is welcome, and entrance to the Trails Center is free to all!" The Trails Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the Information Desk at 307-261-7700.