The Town of Jackson officially celebrated 100 years on September 21, 2014. The Old West meets the New West in Jackson Hole and the community looks forward to creating the culture and heritage that will be celebrated at the bicentennial! Click here to "Like" the Jackson, Wyoming Centennial Celebration Facebook page!
Take Home a Piece of History! Would you like a Jackson Centennial Celebration souvenir? The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has a limited number of commemorative silver dollars available at the Administrative Offices, 112 Center Street or call 307.733.3316. Visit Lee's Tees at 10 East Broadway or go to www.jhmarketplace.com for a selection of products such as baseball caps, t-shirts, and pint glasses.
Jackson Hole Explorer Magazine Celebrates the Centennial with TravelStorysGPS
A story of the incorporation of the Town of Jackson provided by TravelStoryGPS: "In 1914, the citizens of Jackson decided to incorporate their town so they could collect a license fee from a saloon owner who was operating illegally, but willing to pay a $1,200 license fee. Beforehand, county officials from the county seat in Kemmerer, Wyoming would periodically fine the saloon owner $300 to $400; finally, the residents of Jackson realized they would no longer have to send money to Kemmerer if they incorporated, which would enable them to collect a legitimate license fee. By sate law, that required a minimum of 150 residents. So, the leaders drew the town's boundary as far and wide as they could, in order to include every cabin and person they could find. But they still counted only 149 people. Fortunately, one of the women within the new boundary was pregnant. They asked her to name her baby, added the baby's name to the list, and incorporated the Town of Jackson."
Learn more about the history of Jackson! Download the TravelStorysGPS
mobile app that informs and entertains travelers and locals about special sites of interest, communities, and land through vivid and engaging stories told in real time, triggered by GPS. Find a selection of stories in the 2014 Explorer Magazine
The Mayor's Proclamation
Jackson, Wyoming Centennial Proclamation
WHEREAS, the Town of Jackson, located in majestic Teton County, was initially inhabited by robust settlers who dreamed of better and more prosperous lives; and
WHEREAS, one hundred years have passed since it was proposed that the Town of Jackson should be incorporated; and
WHEREAS, on September 21, 1914, forty-eight votes were cast in favor of incorporation and twenty-one votes against; and
WHEREAS, to honor its early settlers, its first Mayor, Harry Wagner, and councilmen J.R. Jones, J.C. Simpson, C.J. Wort, and H.W. Deloney and its namesake David Edward “Davey” Jackson a pioneer, explorer, trader and trapper; and
WHEREAS, we cannot, and should not, forget those individuals and organizations whose efforts and labor over the past one hundred years resulted in the quality of life that we enjoy today; and
WHEREAS, Jackson continues to be a beautiful, vibrant community of citizens who continue to have dreams and visions for future generations; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Jackson begins the Centennial Year for all citizens and visitors to celebrate with good will and the generosity of spirit that makes this community a star in Wyoming’s crown; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Jackson continues to be a hub of outdoor recreation surrounded by National Parks, National Forests and the National Elk Refuge, and has evolved into a center of arts and culture; and
WHEREAS, the Citizens of Jackson are a hardy group, and proud of our diversity and independence; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Jackson will soon begin its second one hundred years continuing to grow and prosper while maintaining its unique character, its focus on environmental stewardship, and its commitment to economic sustainability; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mark Barron, Mayor of the Town of Jackson, on behalf of the Town Council and the entire Jackson community I do hereby proclaim the year 2014 as the Town of Jackson’s Centennial Year, reminding everyone celebrating this Centennial that we should honor the past, celebrate the present, and continue to imagine and shape our future.
DATED THIS 18th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2014.
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Jackson Centennial Celebration Past Events
Lynard Skynard Plays JacksonHoleLive!
Sunday, August 31
Thanks to the Town of Jackson Centennial Commission, JacksonHoleLive organizers and presenting sponsor Snake River Brewing for presenting the Town of Jackson’s Centennial Concert celebration featuring seminal southern rockers, the one and only Lynyrd Skynyrd on Sunday, August 31. Thousands of people gathered at Snow King Ball Field to celebrate community and rock and roll! For complete information, please visit http://jacksonholelivemusic.com/town-jackson-centennial-concert-welcomes-lynyrd-skynyrd-jacksonholelive/
The Historic Miller House Features Jackson Hole Quilt Guild
Saturday, September 20 from 10:00am-3:00pm
A special event is planned for the final weekend of the season, held in conjunction with the Town of Jackson’s centennial celebration. On Saturday, September 20, the National Elk Refuge will host members of the Jackson Hole Quilt Guild who will demonstrate hand-quilting on a wooden frame from 10:00am-3:00pm, stitching in front of a backdrop of colorful finished quilts. “We’re excited to have an old-time craft demonstration as part of our Town of Jackson centennial line-up,” said Maureen Murphy, Director of Special Events for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Also on display inside the Miller House is a quilted piece donated to the National Elk Refuge by Stitch ‘n Time (Jackson, Wyoming) to help celebrate the Refuge’s centennial in August 2012.
The Miller House and surrounding land was the first piece of property purchased for the creation of the National Elk Refuge, established in 1912. Decorated with period pieces, the homestead gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the establishment and early history of the Refuge. Volunteer naturalists are on hand to share stories, answer questions, and give tours of the building. Additionally, the Grand Teton Association operates a small sales outlet at the Miller House, carrying unique items representative of the early 20th century.
Miller House hours of operation are from 10:00 am through 4:00 pm daily, including weekends. For more information, please visit the National Elk Refuge
The Barn Bash: Art, Film, Discussion, Dancing and Dining
Friday, September 19 at 6:30pm
BARN BASH is an evening-long celebration of community character that kicks off Jackson’s Centennial Celebration. Come hungry for art, history, culture and E.Leaven’s delicious food, which will be available for purchase all night, along with wine, beer and soft drinks. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and art exhibition in the Center for the Arts Lobby. The exhibit will feature paintings and large format digital photographs of the iconic barn and property. The paintings are by View22 artists Kay Northrup, Lee Riddell, Kathryn Turner, Bill Sawczuk and Travis Walker. Two other local noted artists, Kay Stratman and Alex Keenan, are creating unique pieces to be auctioned at the event. The fine art photography is courtesy of David Agnello who fell in love with the program’s focus on the celebration and preservation of community character. In order to support the collaborating organizations (Teton Raptor Center, Jackson Hole Land Trust and Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum), David will be donating proceeds from the sale of a limited edition of barn images. Orders can be placed throughout the evening.
At 7 p.m., take your seat for a short JenTen Productions film (promo at: https://vimeo.com/78426914
) and expert panel exploring the many angles – architectural, cultural and ecological – of “A Treasure Hidden in Plain Sight: The Moseley/Hardeman Barn.” The panelists are University of Wyoming faculty members Phil Roberts, Mary Humstone and Alyson Hagy. They bring an incredible diversity and depth to a discussion that will touch on history, cultural landscapes, historic preservation and storytelling.
“Although people drive by the Moseley/Hardeman Barn all the time, they don’t usually have time to stop and appreciate it,” said Jennifer Tennican, Producer/ Director of the film and event coordinator. “This event allows us to creatively explore and appreciate the extraordinary in the everyday.”
Following the film, learn a new line dance with the energetic string band Wild Coyotes from Pocatello, Idaho. “Wild Coyotes play old time, folk, country, cowboy – you name it. So, we’ll be dancing everything from the Virginia Reel to two-step,” Tennican said. The band will be joined by dance caller Kay Forsyth from Logan, Utah. Dancers’ Workshop instructors will be on hand to teach dance moves to both called and uncalled dances. This project has been made possible through grant funding from the Center of Wonder, Wyoming Humanities Council and Wyoming State Historical Society. For complete information, please visit http://www.jhcenterforthearts.org/calendar/event/the-barn-bash
The Last Homestead and Far Horizons
Thursday, September 11
The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, 225 N. Cache, will join the Centennial Celebrations on Thursday, September 11 with the opening of "The Last Homestead" and the unveiling of a new sculpture by Georgia Bunn.
The opening of "The Last Homestead" will be celebrated with an ice cream social beginning at 1:00pm. The exhibit features historical photographs and the memoirs of Harold and Linda McKinstry who homesteaded near Moran in the early 1900s. Stella McKinstry, who has made her parents’ memoirs available to the museum, will be on hand to sign copies of their adventures on Pacific Creek.
"Far Horizons," the new sculpture by Georgia Bunn, will be unveiled with a champagne reception from 5:00-6:30pm. The work is a monument to Jackson Hole pioneers Beaver Dick and Jenny Leigh.The artist who created the museum’s beloved “Slim,” the much-photographed cowboy who graces the museum's front porch, will be on hand to answer questions about this project and future plans to sculpt Togwotee for the Indian Museum on Deloney.
For more information, please contact Brenda Roberts, email@example.com or 307.733.2414. Visit www.jacksonholehistory.org
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