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Visitor Center program to provide a glimpse of history

02_12_14_MtManProgram_Article.jpgPresidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. In the spirit of history, the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center will be hosting an event on Monday, February 17 to celebrate an important part of Jackson Hole’s past.

February 12, 2014  (14-06)

Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. In the spirit of history, the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center will be hosting a free event on Monday, February 17 to celebrate an important part of Jackson Hole’s past. From 10:00 am– 4:00 pm, several activities will celebrate the mountain man and trapper heritage that played a key role in the development of the valley. All activities are free of charge. 

Throughout the day, visitors can participate in a theme-based scavenger hunt inside the Visitor Center. Participants can pick up the list of scavenger hunt items at the front desk and, upon completion of the activity, enter to win a gift bag of items donated by the Grand Teton Association. The prize includes a set of publications on tracks, scat, edible plants, and area history. 

Visitors can also learn the etymology of some area place names that can be traced back to prominent people in Jackson Hole’s early history, especially those that were influenced by French trappers. An accompanying map will pinpoint the location of the peaks, lakes, and other areas highlighted in the activity. 

Younger audiences will enjoy a crafts station where they can make a paper canoe, hat, or mountain man beard. The craft station will be set up from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and again from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. 

The highlight of the day will be a living history performance from 1:00 – 2:00 pm that will give guests insight into the unique lives of the legendary mountain men or fur trappers who lived and trapped in Jackson Hole in the 1820s and 1830s. Dressed in appropriate attire, Grand Teton National Park Interpretive Specialist Andrew Langford will discuss and demonstrate many of the specialized skills that were required of these brave and industrious individuals. Langford’s engaging performance is always enjoyed by people of all ages. 

For more information on Monday’s event, please call 307.734.9378. 

 

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014
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