The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Teton County, founded in 1958. Now located in a new year-round building at 225 N. Cache, the museum’s current exhibit is “Playing Hard: Labor and Leisure in Jackson Hole.” It explores the nature of recreation and how it evolved from the hard work of early day residents. The temporary exhibit is a sample of work gathered during a two-year collaborative project with Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone-Bannock tribal members. The online exhibit highlights the National Elk Refuge, celebrating 100 years this year. A Junior Historian activity newspaper is available to all youth and their families, and a one-page scavenger hunt is designed for younger children. Museum hours are Monday-Saturday from 10-6; Sunday from 12-5. The museum store offers unique gift items and regional books, open every day except Sunday.
The museum offers other opportunities to explore Jackson Hole history. These include a wide array of educational programming for adults, families and youth: walking tours of historic downtown Jackson, storytelling programs, dinner programs, children’s workshops, and excursions. Please visit www.jacksonholehistory.org for a complete listing. The new Stan Klassen Research Center offers families and researchers access to the photo collection (most available for purchase), vertical files, Slim Lawrence Library, and more. Research Center hours are Tuesday-Saturday 2-6. Any questions? Please call 307-733-2414 for more information.