Each year individuals, organizations and businesses create unique wreaths, swags and chocolate delights and donate them to the Museum for the annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction. This holiday event, held annually on the first Friday evening of December, is the main fundraiser for the Sublette County Historical Society and the Museum of the Mountain Man. The funds raised help support programs and projects for the following year. The event includes a live auction for wreaths and a silent auction featuring chocolate and gift baskets. Jay Fear, prior SCHS Board President, serves as the Auctioneer.
The food is generously sponsored by First Bank. Started in 1993, this annual event has become a highlight of the holiday season in Sublette County.
One of the special wreaths in the auction is the Gayle McMurry Kinnison memorial wreath. Shell Oil Company started a tradition of buying the wreath and then donating it back so it could be re-auctioned for the cause. Today, a condition of buying this special wreath is that whoever buys it must bring it back again the next year, and in perpetuity, freshened up with new greenery and decorations, to be re-auctioned to benefit the museum. Gayle Kinnison was a wonderful supporter of the Museum and its programs, and this wreath is a tribute in commemoration of her kind heart. She passed away in 2006 and is dearly missed by our community.
Anyone who is interested in participating in the wreath auction is invited to contact the museum at 307-367-4101 or e-mail the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.