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22nd Annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction – Friday, December 4th

The Sublette County Historical Society and The Museum of the Mountain Man will hold the 22nd Annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction on Friday, December 4th at 6pm in the Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library. This event is the main fundraiser of the year for the Museum and all proceeds will go to support 2016 programs and events.

This event will include a live auction for wreaths and a silent auction for the chocolates. Finger food prepared by Sue Eversull and sponsored by 1st Bank and beverages will be available for your enjoyment. Please come and see all of the wonderful creations generously donated by individuals, organizations and businesses.

Please click here for additional information.

Pre-Order your copy of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, Volume 9, Today!

The Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, Volume 9, is now available for pre-order.  Journals will be mailed out as soon as they are available in July.  Get your copy here.

 

 

Contents:

The Mystery of Alfred Jacob Miller’s Portrait of Captain Joseph Reddeford Walker

Questioning the identity of the person whose portrait Miller painted, the image of Joe Walker may not be him at all.  By Vic Nathan Barkin

Wolverines in the Fur Trade

Though the beaver was the most sought after animal during the fur trade era, many other creatures were trapped.  By Fred Poyner IV

The 1808 Murder Trial of George Drouillard

An in-depth look at an early St. Louis legal case, examining frontier justice using actual court documents.  By Melissa Tiffie

Exploring Rocky Mountain Trapper Productivity

Attempts to quantify beaver trapping, searching to discover how many pelts a mountaineer might reasonably expect to harvest in a twelve month period.  By Jim Hardee

Blackfeet Peacemaker:  The Search for Nicholas Small Robe

The search for the Piegan man who urged peaceful trade with neighboring tribes as well as with trappers.  By George Capps

Jim Bridger Challenges the HBC in the post-Rendezvous Era

A study of fur trade competition in the 1840s, utilizing important documents recently discovered in the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives.  By Jerry Enzler

Archibald Pelton, Mad Man on the Mountains

The tragic tale of a young mountaineer and cotemporary of Andrew Henry, Manuel Lisa, and Wilson Price Hunt.   By Larry E. Morris

 

Sublette BOCES Rendezvous Tour of Sublette County

It happened here!
Visit mountain man sites and hear unique stories of the fur trade
where they happened. Crow Sundance Lodge, Fort Bonneville,
Original Rendezvous Grounds, De Smet Monument, New Fork
Horse Races, and Fremont Lake.

Tour Guided by fur trade historians Jim Hardee and Clay Landry.

Sign up for free at: www.subletteboces.com

Ice water available on bus. Bring our own lunch and water bottle
to fill. Folding chairs provided as needed at each location.

Speaker system at each stop.

July 7, 9:00 AM– 2:00 PM

Buses leave at 9:00 AM from the Museum of the Mountain Man

To Register for free go to: www.subletteboces.com 

Brought to you by: Sublette BOCES and the Museum of the Mountain Man

 

 

Your Feedback on the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal is Needed!

It is hard to believe, but the 9th annual issue of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal will be published this July.  It does not seem like that long ago that it was just an idea, but with help from supporters like you it has become a leading publication for research on the fur trade.

As with most academic publications, the Journal does not generate enough revenue to fully support publication and is generously subsidized.  It was never intended to make money and likely never will, but was intended to further research and education of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era.  Peer-reviewed, in-depth, lengthy research articles are just not practical in a for-profit history magazine, but are important to move the leading edge of research forward.

Preparing to enter development of the 10th issue, budgets are being revised and tightened.  This is a good time to reevaluate the effectiveness, benefit, format, purpose, and direction of the publication.  Based on your experience as a supporter and reader, we would appreciate your feedback by filling out the attached questionnaire.  Answer only those questions you feel comfortable answering, but please be as specific and concrete as possible with your observations and examples.  Candid suggestions or opinions are welcome.  We want to make this a better publication.

Thanks for your past support and we look forward to working with you on future issues.

Click here to access the Journal Evaluation 2015.

New Fork Park Open for 2015 Season

Got cabin fever and itching to get outside to enjoy the beautiful spring-like weather? The Sublette County Historical Society has opened the Lander Trail-New Fork River Crossing Historical Park for the season. “We know it is early,” said Sublette County Historical Society President, James Thomas, “but the snow is off and the road and parking lot are dried out, so we wanted to open it up and let people go in and visit the park.”

The new 100-acre historical park had its grand opening in the spring of 2014. It is located where the Lander Trail, a branch of the California-Oregon Trail system, crosses the New Fork River. There is a walking trail through the park and nine interpretive signs tell how the New Fork River was a dangerous river crossing along the emigrant’s journey westward and the beautiful cottonwood tree grove was an important resting and camping site along the way.

Today people can take a leisurely stroll through the lovely cottonwood tree grove along the nearly one-mile long rustic walking path, fish in the river, and enjoy seeing birds and wildlife. Dogs are welcome and do not have to be on leash, but please do keep them under control and do not allow them to chase wildlife in the park. The water is still low (but cold), and it’s great fun to throw sticks for the dogs to fetch. The round rocks along the river’s edge are great for skipping rocks across the water and seeing who can skip theirs all the way to the other side of the river. The park is walk-in access only. There is a graveled pathway from the parking lot to the river overlook sign. The rest of the trail goes across the native soil. Wear comfortable walking shoes. It’s also fine to go off trail and just explore through the park. Deer and moose can often be seen and there are a wide variety of raptors and waterfowl in the area.

From Pinedale, take US 191 south 10 miles to Paradise Road (just north of Boulder), then travel south another 14 miles. (If you get to Hwy 351, you’ve gone about a mile too far). The Park and parking area will be on your left. Park your vehicle and take the footpath into the Park. The Historical Society is still in the process of building and fundraising for improving the infrastructure at the park, so note that the only bathroom currently onsite is an outhouse in the administrative area in the middle of the park. It is suggested to use the more modern restroom at the BLM campground just south of the park (access from US 351). They also hope to get picnic tables and a group gathering area constructed in the near future. The park is a “Pack it in – Pack it out” area for garbage. It is day-use only, no overnight camping and no campfires permitted.

There is no charge to visit the park, but the historical society always welcomes donations to help with upkeep and continue to put in improvements such as picnic tables, build a group area, expand the trail system, and put in more interpretive signs. Volunteers are also very welcome. There will be a work day/BBQ in the next couple of weeks to work on the trails, do spring clean up, cut logs for seating, spread native seed, repack the ADA trail, and more.

For questions or more information, see www.newforkpark.org, or email info@newforkpark.org, or contact the Sublette County Historical Society at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, 307-367-4101.

by Pinedale Online!
March 22, 2015

2015 SCHS Annual Meeting & Spring Thaw Party

The annual Sublette County Historical Society members meeting will be held on March 12, 2015 at the Museum of the Mountain Man.  There will be a short business meeting, then a presentation by our new curator, Betsy Watry, on the history of the Historical Society and the Museum.  The Historical Society celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and the Museum celebrates 25 years being open!  Everyone is welcome.

AMM Living History Days

The Museum of the Mountain Man
in Pinedale, Wyoming
will be hosting
The American Mountain Men
Living History Days
May 12, 13, 14, 2015
on the Museum grounds
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please call 1-877-686-6266 toll free to schedule your school classes.
Please remind students to bring warm clothes!

21st Annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction – Friday, December 5th

The Sublette County Historical Society and The Museum of the Mountain Man will hold the 21st Annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction on Friday, December 5th at 6pm in the Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library.  This event is the main fundraiser of the year for the Museum and all proceeds will go to support 2015 programs and events.

This event will include a live auction for wreaths and a silent auction for the chocolates.  Finger food prepared by Sue Eversull and sponsored by 1st Bank and beverages provided by Wind River Brewing will be available for your enjoyment.  Please come and see all of the wonderful creations generously donated by individuals, organizations and businesses.

Please click here for additional information.

National Geographic’s Pronghorn Passage Photo Exhibit

The Museum of the Mountain Man is hosting National Geographic’s Pronghorn Passage Photo Exhibit premiering at the Museum May 1, 2015 through October 30, 2015.

National Geographic photographer, Joe Riis gives viewers a compelling, visual account of the Path of the Pronghorn Migration, a 6,000 year old pronghorn migration where the Grand Teton pronghorn herd dramatically migrate just over 150 miles from Grand Teton National Park back to their low-elevation winter ranges near Pinedale, Wyoming.

Thank you to the exhibit’s generous sponsors: Sublette County Historical Society, Sublette Group for Community Initiative, Visit Pinedale, Green River Valley Land Trust, Sublette County Chamber of Commerce

The Museum wants your Holiday Wreath or Chocolate Creation

Individuals, Organizations and Businesses are invited to create and submit a wreath or chocolate donation for the 21st Annual Wreath and Chocolate Auction Fundraiser, to be held on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 6pm.

Decorate in any style to express yourself, represent your business or celebrate the holiday season.  Use your imagination for a unique design!

Wreaths to be sold at live auction.  Champions’ Category for the most creative and elegant wreaths.

To donate, please contact the Museum at 307-367-4101 or email  your name, contact information and what your are donating to publications@mmmuseum.com.  All proceeds  benefit 2015 Museum programs and exhibits.  Thank you for supporting the Museum of the Mountain Man!

Museum of the Mountain Man Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Tenth Annual Museum Day Live!

 

Free Admission for All Participants Presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket on September 27, 2014

The Museum of the Mountain Man will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museum across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C.  Last year’s even drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available now to download at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit: Smithsonian.com/museumday/venues.

About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, and Smithsonian Media Digital Network. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.

Obstinate Hope wins WSHS Book Award

The Sublette County Historical Society and the Museum of the Mountain Man are proud to announce that Obstinate Hope:  The Western Expeditions of Nathaniel J. Wyeth, Vol. 1, written by Jim Hardee, has been awarded a Wyoming State Historical Society book award.

Wyoming State Historical Society book awards are intended to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the preservation of the history of Wyoming and the West.

National Geographic Mule Deer Migration Photo Exhibit

Join Wyoming Migration Initiative researchers Matt Kaufman and Hall Sawyer, along with National Geographic photographer Joe Riis, to hear a detailed account of how they recently discovered the longest mule deer migration ever recorded, where animals uniquely migrate 150 miles through western Wyoming from low-elevation winter ranges in the Red Desert to the high mountain slopes surrounding the Hoback Basin. The presentation will share relevant information on focus management and conservation efforts with a reception to welcome the National Geographic Mule Deer Migration Photo Exhibit premiering at the Museum of the Mountain Man September 19 thru October 31, 2014.

Jim Hardee Book Signing

Fort Bridger Museum Obstinate Hope: the Western Expeditions of Nathaniel J. Wyeth
Saturday, August 30
11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, August 31
11 am – 3 pm

 

Jim Hardee is the author of the award winning publication Obstinate Hope: The Western Expeditions of Nathaniel J. Wyeth, Volume 1 and Pierre’s Hole: The Fur Trade History of Teton Valley, Idaho. He is also editor of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, published by the Sublette County Historical Society and the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming.  Not confined to works in print, Mr. Hardee has also provided commentary in television documentaries, including “Taming the Wild West: The Legend of Jedediah Smith,” produced by The History Channel in 2005, and “Wyoming’s Original Main Street – South Pass,” produced by Wyoming PBS in 2013. Jim is the director of the Fur Trade Research Center and is a presenter for many conferences and symposiums.

Presentation of Phase II of New Fork Park Development

Presentation of Phase II New Fork Park Development Wednesday, June 25, 6-8 pm at the Pinedale Library

Hosted by National Park Service and Sublette County Historical Society

Group areas, education camp, extended trails.  Please join us to see the exciting ideas developed by the National Park Service for future development of the New Fork River Crossing Historical Park.  The powerpoint presentation will include maps, historic photos and conceptual drawings.   The Development Concept Plan will be the guiding vision for future development and fundraising for the Park.

Sommers Homestead Living History Museum Open House – August 30th

 

The Open House is Saturday, August 30th from 10AM to 3PM. The meal will start at noon and last until food is gone, so be on time! This is the last open day and chance to see the Homestead for the 2014 summer season. We added the newly restored Ice House and Bunkhouse this season, and we have a new small gift shop with homestead-era related and handmade items available. All purchases go towards helping the Homestead programs and operations.

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Sommers Homestead Living History Museum Opens for the Season

The Sommers Homestead Living History Museum will open for the 2014 season on June 6, 2014.  The site will be open every Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm through August.  Admission is by donation.  The Homestead will feature the newly renovated bunkhouse and icehouse.  Look closely and you may even find some ice!  Later this month the Homestead gift shop will open with many unique books and gifts.

Green River Drift National Register Dedication

Green River Drift National Register Dedication

Please join us on Friday, June 20, 2014, for the dedication ceremony in honor of the 2014 listing of the Green River Drift on the National Register of Historic Places. There will be tours of the Drift, a dedication ceremony, great food, and an opportunity to tour the Sommers Homestead historical site.

For more information about the event click here.

Green River Drift

A 58-mile long cattle trail that has been continuously used since the 1890s by the Upper Green River Cattle Association ranchers to get cattle from spring pasture on the desert to summer pasture in the forest.

Predating most federal land management agencies, the Green River Drift cattle trail has been    continuously used since the 1890s by the Upper Green River Cattle Association ranchers to get    cattle from spring pasture on the desert to summer pasture in the forest. Chilly fall weather causes the cattle to “drift” back out of the forest to return to their home ranches. The trail, 58 miles long with 41 miles of spurs, crosses BLM, State of Wyoming, National Forest, and private properties. It has played a pivotal role in the development of ranching in the area as well as in the development of relationships between Federal agencies that manage grazing allotments and private property owners. The Drift was listed on the National Register in November, 2013.   Because it is still being used much as it has for more than 100 years, the Drift was listed as a    Traditional Cultural Property (TCP), the first ranching related TCP in the nation.

For more information about the Green River Drift click here.

New Fork Park Grand Opening

Grand Opening of the
New Fork Park
Land Trail-New Fork River Crossing
Historical Park
Saturday, June 21, 2014

Schedule of Events:
9 am – Driving Tour  – Meet at Sommers Ranch Homestead, Green River Drift from Hennick Draw to the New Fork Cattle Bridge (near New Fork park)

9 am – Self & Guided Walking Tours – New For Park (1 mile loop trail)

Noon – Lunch and Social at New Fork Park – Dutch Oven Lunch (free)

1:00 PM Grand Opening of the New Fork Park – Ribbon Cutting, recognition of partners, history 1833tree-2061of the emigrants and the park

Afternoon – Self and Guided Walking Tours at New Fork Park (.8 mile loop trail)

Event is free but please RSVP to clint@sublette.com.

For a full schedule of events click here Dedication Invite.

For more information about the site visit www.newforkcrossing.org.