• Wyoming and the West in Women's Suffrage

Welcome to Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum

We are open by appointment

For Summer and Fall 2020, we are excited to offer Museum Tours by reservation, Tuesday – Friday at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm. We also offer historic Downton Walking Tours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:30 am. If there is availability, we may be able to accommodate walk-in requests. Read details on our health measures and schedule your visit.

If you would like to schedule time in the Stan Klassen Research Center, please email research@jacksonholehistory.org. We can’t wait to share Jackson Hole history with you!

Wyoming and the West in Women’s Suffrage: Dr. Mary Murphy and Dr. Sherry Smith
The Awakening Illustration by Henry Mayer from Library of Congress 1915

Thursday, August 20 – 6 to 7 pm – Online at bit.ly/westernsuffrage

Join historians Dr. Mary Murphy and Dr. Sherry Smith – 100 years after the momentous passage of the 19th amendment formalizing women’s right to vote – for a lively discussion on the role of Wyoming and Western states in the national suffrage movement. 

Murphy and Smith will focus on two interesting and unorthodox women — one an advocate of free love, Sara Bard Field, and the other, Jeannette Rankin, the first woman in the nation elected to the House of Representatives. These are not the dowdy, stern-faced suffragists of stereotype but vital young women who pushed not only for the ballot but for a new world of fresh opportunities and expanded freedom for women. Followed by a Q&A.

Toast to Tenacity: Votes for Women Then and Now
Library of Congress Woman Toasting Suffrage

Wednesday, August 26 – noon to 1 pm – Online at bit.ly/toasttotenacity

Join Off Square Theatre, Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, Wyoming Women’s Action Network, and ThinkWY for a virtual Toast to Tenacity on Women’s Equality Day.

August 26 marks 100 years since the enactment of the 19th Amendment, memorializing women’s inherent right to vote. The program will include a reading of a 1920s suffrage propaganda play, a reading of the Declaration of Sentiments, historical photographs, a Toast to Tenacity, and discussion around the work that remains. Join us for this important celebration and spark dialogue on how we can further advance equality in the Equality State!

Welcome to the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum

Welcome to the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum where we are dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the cultural history of Jackson Hole. The JHHSM uses local places, stories, traditions, and artifacts to illustrate the past and its connection to the present and future.

Founded in 1958 by collector and western history buff, Slim Lawrence, along with his friend and local businessman, Homer Richard, we are a nonprofit 501(c)3 museum, archive, and educational center providing resources on the last 11,000+ years of human presence in the Tetons. Jackson Hole history has shaped the contemporary local community, while also influencing regional, national, and international communities. Come explore our diverse history from archaeology to indigenous peoples, to the fur trade and explorers, homesteading and settlement, ranching, dude ranching, tourism, mountaineering and outdoor recreation, conservation, and more.

We welcome you to check out our online resources and visit in person to learn more.