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A Day in the Life: Time Traveling Through Pinedale, Wyoming

New Exhibit Coming 2017!

We have discovered a new TIME LOOP in Wyoming!  Now you have a unique opportunity to become a professional time traveler.  Visit the museum and enter the loop to find out what was going on in Pinedale from 1890 to 1970.

Pinedale’s unique past is brought to life with steampunk-style graphics and historic objects and clothing from deep within the museum’s collections.  Whether you are a native of Wyoming or just traveling through the region, you are sure to enjoy this new and exciting exhibit.

 

Denizens: Wildlife on the Western Frontier An Exhibition of Vintage Engravings 1770 – 1902

This exhibit features the spectrum of wildlife, which graced the 19th century frontier West.  Original engravings from Harper’s Weekly, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, The Illustrated London News, and other historical sources illuminate native species and their interaction with humans.

These engravings created between 1770 and 1902 by notable and skillful artists, contains many beautifully hand-tinted images. The media include steel, copper, and wood block engravings, chromolithographs, and half tones.

The panoply of scenes includes dramatic surprise encounters between man and animal, stealthy approach by hunters, conflicts between predator and prey species, a stampede from a prairie fire, Native American veneration of wildlife, and faunal portraits.

 

March 10th 2016-       Annual Meeting and Spring Thaw

May 17th – 19th 2016-    Living History Days

July 7th -10th 2016-      Green River Rendezvous

December 3rd 2016-      23rd Annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction

Ricketts Art Foundation, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the Museum of Mountain Man Launch Online Catalogue of Alfred Jacob Miller’s Western Paintings

Most extensive online collection to date of great 19th-century American artist

LITTLE JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its ongoing effort to provide innovative access to the works of important artists, The Ricketts Art Foundation has joined with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Museum of Mountain Man to launch the most extensive online collection to date of the western paintings of the great 19th-century American artist, Alfred Jacob Miller.

Called “Fur Traders and Rendezvous: The Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue,” the website features high-resolution images of Miller’s paintings from his historic 1837 trip west to the Rocky Mountains, during which he captured on canvas a raw and rugged world now mostly forgotten. Also featured are essays and video vignettes about Miller, his work, and the world he painted. Fur Traders and Rendezvous: The Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue will serve as a resource for those studying Miller, and a point of entry for people who wish to learn more about the world Miller painted.

“Miller is a leading figure in 19th-century American art history whose skills as a painter, historical recorder of the mountain man era, and special sensitivity to native people make him worthy of modern review and enjoyment,” said Joe Ricketts, founder of The Ricketts Art Foundation. “It is a privilege to help bring his western work to a wider audience via the Internet.”

“We were delighted to co-sponsor the Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue with The Ricketts Art Foundation and the Museum of the Mountain Man,” said Peter Hassrick, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. “Miller is firmly situated in the canon of American art and commands a place of honor among the many artists of his day who, through fine art, revealed and preserved the West and its complex human saga for us all. Fur Traders and Rendezvous: The Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue blends Miller’s wonderful art with essays, vignettes, and videos that will appeal to scholars and casual art lovers alike.”

“The Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue is an interaction of art, history and culture depicting the rich and extraordinary encounters of mountain men, Native American cultures and the landscape of the fur trade era,” said Laurie Hartwig, Executive Director of the Museum of the Mountain Man. “Miller is the only artist to actually attend and document this historical time-frame with his beautiful, invaluable renditions.”

The catalogue can be accessed online by pointing your browser to www.AlfredJacobMiller.com. Works by Miller and related content will be regularly added to the site. People interested in receiving updates about Fur Traders And Rendezvous: The Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue can subscribe on the website or by emailing info@alfredjacobmiller.com.

About The Ricketts Art Foundation
Joe Ricketts founded The Ricketts Art Foundation to enrich people’s lives by providing innovative access to the works of important visual, performing, and literary artists, both current and past. The online Miller catalogue is the Foundation’s first major project. The Foundation is based in Little Jackson Hole, Wyoming, an area located in the Upper Hoback Basin and referred to as “Little Jackson Hole” or “Jackson’s Little Hole” since the early 19th Century.

About the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, includes five museums and a research library under one roof-the Buffalo Bill Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearm Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, and the McCracken Research Library.

About The Museum of the Mountain Man
Situated in the heart of the country that was once the hub of the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous system, The Museum of the Mountain Man presents a visual and interpretative experience into the romantic era of the 1800s mountain man and provides a comprehensive overview of the historical significance of the fur trade in the American West. The museum sponsors the Green River Rendezvous Days every July and publishes the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, a nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed, academic publication.

SOURCE Ricketts Art Foundation

1900’s Sheep Herder Wagon Donated!

Last week SCHS recieved an early 1900’s Basque sheep wagon ready to be refurbished. A BIG thank you goes out to The Vernon Mrak Family who donated it, Jay Fear and Todd Goodrich, as well as Dewitt Morris for their hard work in loading and moving this fragile item.

Monte Skinner will devote his time rebuilding and restoring this great historical item.

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Click on the above picture to be directed to Mother Earth News website and learn more about Sheep Herder Wagons…

Museum of the Mountain Man presents “Three Worlds Meet” at Murthly Castle and Strathbraan Estates in Perthshire, Scotland

September 3rd-8th members of the AMM (American Mountain Man Association) and, Shoshone Indian Tribe and representatives of the Museum of the Mountain Man flew to Scotland to reenact a rendezvous of cultures that took place some 175 years ago.

Here is a glimpse  of the activities that went on there.

 

10616248_10152418350821553_7655710543012320221_n    The back side of Murthly Castle

 

 

10646903_10152418350811553_5811712852929186624_n  The Chapel and Murthly Castle

 

10628216_10152418351516553_7260522652465824475_n  The cottage where Alfred Jacob Miller possibly completed the majority of the Rocky Mountain, Fur Trade, Mountain Men and Rendezvous Paintings.

 

 

10615493_10152418350891553_4368742806219783116_n  A Scottish clan from the Blairgowrie Highland games pose for a picture with the AMM.

 

994492_10152418352161553_5248060144903142551_n  Doc Ivory setting up camp

 

 

10258456_10152418351631553_7402389487014507016_n Laird of Murthly Castle, Thomas Steuart Fothringham’s son James learning how to start a Mountain Man fire from Doc Ivory.

 

10541967_10152418353076553_2022670600785675220_n   William Drummond Stewart’s grove of fir trees he brought back from the Rocky Mountains.

 

 

10649703_10152418352016553_8730640850393335809_n   Doc Ivory poses with two of the Scottish Clan from the Blairgowrie Highland games.

 

10628293_10152418351841553_4622090573531428073_n  Doc Ivory imparts some mountain man wisdom.

 

 

10689808_10152418352271553_117966261508643872_n   Doyle Reid of the AMM lets a Scottish lad feel the weight of his rifle.

 

 

10644817_10152418351606553_7850400621617172240_n   Doc Ivory and Silver Hawk show how to use flint to make a fire.

 

10644817_10152418352936553_1399534766049653933_n  Stretching beaver in the grove of trees. 

 

10599242_10152418352551553_9199157703248053563_n  Silver Hawk explains a beaver trap.

 

1520815_10152418352621553_8256797852104993814_n    Scott Walker of the AMM visits with Scottish Highlanders.

 

An Excerpt from our 2004 Beaver Plew Newsletter “A Page From the Past”

Sublette County’s First Trial

by R.E “Slim” Spence

“I was in Wyoming when Sublette County was first formed. They took all of Fremont County west of the Continental Divide, a corner off Lincoln County, and a corner off of Sweetwater and formed Sublette. There were three little inland towns, none much more that a wide place in the road, that wanted to be county seat. These were Pinedale, Daniel and Big Piney. Pinedale finally got it.

Of course, the first thing was a election. I don’t remember anything about who the officers were except for sheriff, but there was quite a hassle between John Angus and Jim Payne. Jim got it. That next spring they arrested a feller for cattle stealing. Had a hearing, set bail and bound him over to the fall term of court. When fall come, he was the only case. They had a judge from Rock Springs. Something went hay-wire, I don’t remember what, but they had to postpone the trial.

This judge told them he had cases other places and could not wait. Said to bind him over to spring term, which was done and bail set. This bird says. “To hell with you fellers. You was supposed to try me now. I’m not going to put up bail again. You can just keep me in jail this winter.” They did not have any courthouse or jail yet, and not much money, so they had to keep him at the hotel and hire a deputy to guard him. Before spring, they were running short of money and wishing he would escape. So every day, the guard would saddle a horse and go visiting among the ranches. This jailbird would loaf around town all day and go back to the hotel at night. When Spring came they held his trial and acquitted him. Damn near broke the county!”

Green River Rendezvous Days, 2014 at the Museum

Green River Rendezvous Days, 2014
At the Museum of the Mountain Man

 Thursday, July 10th
9:00 – 5:00 Museum of the Mountain Man Gallery & Gift Shop Open
3:00 – 5:00 AMM Encampment Setup
6:00 pm Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal Reception & 2014 Awards
7:00 pm Cocktail Social and Reception Honoring Thomas Steuart Fothringham, Laird of Murthly Castle

Friday, July 11th
9:00 – 5:00 Museum of the Mountain Man Gallery & Gift Shop Open
9:00 – 10:00 American Mountain Man Camp – Mountain Man Clothing
9:00 – 10:30 Children’s Program with Lapita Frewin
10:30 – Noon Children’s Program with Lapita Frewin
10:30 –1:00 Bad Hand Plains Indian Encampment
11:00 – Noon American Mountain Man Camp – Sign Language
11:00 – 3:00 Buffalo Burger Lunch on the MMM patio
1:00 – 2:00 American Mountain Men Camp – Beaver Skinning demonstration
1:00 – 2:15 Children’s Program with Lapita Frewin
1:30 pm Shoshone Tribal Induction
2:00 – 4:00 Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal Guest Speakers

  • “William H. Ashley’s Newly-Discovered 1826 Fur Trade Journal by Dr. Jay H. Buckley
  • “1836 and 1838:  When White Girls Crashed the Party by Jill R. Ottman
  • “The Blackfoot Road to Plunder” by Paul M. Raczka
  • “Jedediah Smith’s Disaster at Defeat River” by James C. Auld

2:30 – 3:45 Children’s Program with Lapita Frewin
3:00 – 4:00 American Mountain Man Camp – Mtn Man Shelter, Buffalo Hide
3:00 – 5:00 Bad Hand Plains Indian Encampment

Saturday, July 12th
9:00 – 5:00 Museum of the Mountain Man Gallery & Gift Shop Open
9:00 –11:00 American Mountain Men Camp – Horses, Tack & Packing
9:00 –11:00 Children’s Programs by Lapita Frewin
11:00 Rendezvous Parade Downtown
11:00 –3:00 Buffalo Burger Lunch on the MMM patio
Noon –1:00 American Mountain Man Camp – Knives, Tools, Accoutrements
1:30 – 2:30 Bad Hand Plains Indian Encampment
1:00 – 3:00 Children’s Programs by Lapita Frewin
1:00 – 2:00 American Mountain Man Camp – Beaver Skinning demonstration
2:00 – Tour of William Drummond Stewart Historical Sites
2:00 – 3:00 American Mountain Man Camp – Firearms
3:30 – 5:00 Bad Hand Plains Indian Encampment
4:00 – 5:00 American Mountain Man Camp – Beaver Trapping, Skinning, Fur Press
8:00 pm American Mountain Man Campfire Stories and Songs

Sunday, July 13th
 9:00 – 5:00 Museum of the Mountain Man Gallery and Gift Shop Open
9:00 –10:00 American Mountain Man Camp – Sign Language
10:00 – 11:00 American Mountain Man Camp – Horses, Tack & Packing
10:30 – 12:30 Bad Hand Plains Indian Encampment
11:00 – Noon American Mountain Man Camp – Mountain Man Clothing
1:00 Green River Rendezvous Pageant at the Rodeo Grounds
2:30 – 4:00 Bad Hand Plains Indian Encampment

Locations:
All Journal Forum/ AMM events held at the north amphitheater
All Michael Terry events held across the parking lot/ the east area canopy