Modern Family Gifts Benefit History Museum

The producers of the top-rated ABC television series Modern Family enjoyed being in Jackson Hole last summer to film. To express their gratitude to the community they presented signed scripts and show memorabilia to the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum. Some of these items are being auctioned online to raise funds and others will be kept as historic artifacts. The 2011 season premiere “Dude Ranch” episode was filmed in August at Lost Creek Ranch, and aired on September 21.

A “Dude Ranch” script signed by ten members of the Emmy winning Modern Family cast as well as an autographed Stetson cowboy hat are currently being auctioned on eBay Giving Works charity auction. “This is a good opportunity to acquire a unique collectible while supporting the history museum,” said Jackie Montgomery, Board President.

The script is signed by Ed O’Neill (Jay Pritchett), Sophia Vergara (Gloria Pritchett), Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy), Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy), Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy), and Rico Rodriguez (Manny Delgado).

The granite grey felt Stetson Angus cowboy hat size 7 5/8 oval is signed on the brim by Ty Burrell who plays Phil Dunphy on the series. Burrell won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011.

All of the proceeds from the sale of these items benefit the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, and will support their mission of preserving and sharing the heritage of Jackson Hole.

The Modern Family producers also donated a fringed leather jacket with bead work and decorative stitching worn by actor Eric Stonestreet, two Stetson cowboy hats, a second signed “Dude Ranch” script, assorted photographs, and dvds of the “Dude Ranch” episode. “The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum is proud to be the keeper of both dude ranching and film history in our valley, and will cherish these items as part of the museum’s collection,” said Shannon Sullivan, Curator of Collections. Visit the “Hollywood in the Hole” exhibition at the museum to view photographs of the “Dude Ranch” episode, and there are plans to have film clips of the episode available for viewing.

Contact Liz Jacobson, at 733-2414 x 202 or jhhistory@wyom.net for more information.

About the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum:  The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum (JHHSM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is “Preserving and sharing the heritage of Jackson Hole.”  JHHSM has served the Jackson Hole community since 1958.  It is managed by a volunteer board of directors and a full-time staff of eight employees.  The organization’s vision is “to be the most engaging local history museum in the Rocky Mountain West.”  The museum is located at 225 North Cache, one block north of the Town Square. www.jacksonholehistory.org