Founding Family Exhibit – Awarded $4,612
The Community Foundation of Teton Valley was honored to award this grant to the Teton Valley Museum to create a video display of a historic Teton Valley shingle mill that operated for numerous decades as part of a sawmill in Teton Canyon. The Community Foundation strongly supports telling the story of Teton Valley’s settlement history as a means to understand the community’s culture.
The mission of the Teton Valley Museum is to acquire and preserve the rich history and culture of Teton Valley for present and future generations through creating exciting exhibits, capturing written and oral histories, preserving photographs, and collecting artifacts. With the tremendous changes and growth taking place in Teton Valley, it is even more imperative that our connection with the past is not lost. To continue to tell the story of valley life and settlement, it is critical to expand their displays of the rich agricultural and lumbering heritage of the community. Through interesting exhibits, the stories of this valley come alive.
Recently, the Teton Valley Museum received a donation of the shingle mill which was in operation at the Teton Canyon sawmill. This grant will be used to create a video display to educate visitors on the sawmill history and demonstrate the shingle mill in action. The exhibit will also feature the Green family, owners of the sawmill, and a founding family of the valley. They have a rich history in this valley with Ernest and Alta settling here in 1889. The town of Alta, Wyoming carries her name.
The Community Foundation commends the important work of the Teton Valley Museum in the preservation and sharing of Teton Valley’s remarkable history.