Award Winning Museum Publications

The SCHS/MMM continues to publish interesting, well-documented histories on the mountain men, rendezvous and fur trade era, 1820-1840.  With gracious and continuous funding we are pleased to present three publications  in 2013 including our annual Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal.  LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE!!!!!

“Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal” Volume 7 – 2013, Full Color Paperback, 8-1/2 x 11, 124 pages, ISSN: 1937-0733, $25.00. Copyright 2013 -Sublette County Historical Society.  7th annual, open submission, peer review, scholarly publication from the Museum of the Mountain Man

Obstinate Hope: the Western Expeditions of Nathaniel J. Wyeth“Obstinate Hope: the Western Expeditions of Nathaniel J. Wyeth” Volume I is written by our RMFT Journal Editor, Jim Hardee.  520 pages, 6 x 9 inches; 40 illus., 10 maps, Hardback $24.95.  Hardee spent the past three years researching Wyeth’s eastern business ventures, entrepreneurial ambitions and stubborn pursuit of his western fur trade expedition in 1832.

Throughout history, little has been chronicled or interpreted about Nathaniel Wyeth and his role out West, whether as mountain man during the fur trade or commercial pioneer at the heart of rendezvous.  “Obstinate Hope” gives the reader a delightful insight and scrutiny into Wyeth’s persistence and plans as he treks cross country from one seaboard to the other.

“Proceedings of the 2012 Fur Trade Symposium”, September 5-8, Pinedale, Wyoming, 200 pages, 8 x 11 inches; 11 illustrated papers with maps and timeline, Softcover $24.95.  The 2012 943435_10151529031736553_507447750_nFur Trade Symposium, a celebration of the Astorian bicentennial hosted by the Museum of the Mountain Man, was the twelfth in a series of national gatherings hosted by a number of institutions since 1987. This symposium, the third of its kind held in Pinedale, was a mixture of scholarly presentations and living history programs designed to bring the era to life. The proceedings are published to permanently record the significant scholarship presented at the National Fur Trade Symposium and provide a reference for those who could not attend.  The 200th Anniversary of Robert Stuart and the Astorians, 1811-1812 was the theme of 12 papers presented at the conference by fur trade scholars and historians from around the U.S. and Canada.

These publications join prior year Museum publications including  “The Fur Trade & Rendezvous of the Green River Valley”,  “Pierre’s Hole! The Fur Trade History of Teton Valley, Idaho” and “Pinedale, Wyoming: A Centennial History, 1904-2004.” 

furtradeperfectcover.indd“The Fur Trade & Rendezvous of the Green River Valley”, 138 pages, 8 x 11 inches; extensively illustrated in full color throughout, Hardback $19.95. This book introduces the history of the Rocky Mountain fur trade and the cast of characters who pursued that business in Wyoming’s Green River Valley until 1840. On this stage, some of the most colorful events in the early history of the American West took place. Meet the spirited individuals from all walks of life who were willing to risk all they had, every day, for a chance to gain wealth, power and adventure through the harvest of skins.  Edited by Fred Gowans and Brenda Francis.


“Pierre’s Hole! The Fur Trade History of Teton Valley, Idaho”, by Jim Hardee. 416 pages, 6 x 9 inches; 62 illus. / 16 color pl., Hardback with dust cover scr-PierresHoleCover$29.95.  A close look at Pierre’s Hole connects the reader to the entire sweep of fur trade history in the American West, from Fort Astoria on the Pacific Coast to the trading houses of St. Louis, Missouri.  Told through eyewitness accounts of men like Jim Bridger, Joe Meek, Nathaniel Wyeth and others, this history of a fur trade landmark places the reader on the ground as the action unfolds. Drawing from trapper journals – the earliest records of the region – historian Jim Hardee fills in the pre-settlement gaps of the narrative.

These and many other fur trade and local history titles are available for purchase.  You can place your order in the MMM Gift Shop or online at