Hats off to JH Historical Museum as it readies for reopening tomorrow

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Things are springing to life at the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum.

Harold’s hat. (JHHSM)

First, with its grand reopening right around the corner (Saturday, May 19), museum staff is busy putting the final touches on artifacts and exhibits. Old stuff needs dusting once in a while, you know.

The museum is also proud to announce its latest “artifact.” A generous donation has landed Mayor Harold Livingston’s infamous tall topper—a white beaver felt hat he’s photographed wearing on the ‘wall of mayors’ in the Jackson Town Hall. Livingston was Jackson’s 10th mayor, serving from 1965-1971. Harold also owned Livingston Motor Company for 18 years, which was later renamed Jackson Hole Motors.

Harold Livingston

Livingston was further immortalized to a new generation when he appeared briefly on national television. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert used his portrait in a short piece about Jackson Hole, lampooning him as the “Mayor of Cartoon Town.”

Maybe they just don’t get the lid. It’s a beaut made by famed hatter CC Cummins (Jackson Hole Hat Works) and it is now on display at the museum.

The museum will be up front and center during Old West Days. Watch for the JHHSM booths. They’ll have a variety of activities for kids plus flint knapping and atlatl demonstrations.

JHHSM is also celebrating its 60th year (it opened June 5, 1958) this June, and plans are in the works for a weeklong celebration.

Finally, the museum is happy to show off two of its latest hires—Frances Ritchie and Quinn Feller.

Frances Ritchie

Ritchie is the new Education and Program Coordinator. Originally from Denver, Frances has a degree in Art Education and has previously worked for the Denver Public Schools, Denver Art Museum, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum.

Quinn Feller

Feller is the new Marketing and Operations Manager. Originally from Wisconsin, Quinn has a degree in Art History and has worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Grand Teton National Park, and Glacier National Park.

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