Mountains to Manuscripts online exhibit features early 1900’s women’s writing

JACKSON, Wyo. — What can you do when a newly opened and popular exhibit closes early due to COVID-19? Bring it online for perpetual viewing from the safety of your couch, anywhere in the world!

On Thursday, July 30, the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum will open its online version of the exhibit “Mountains to Manuscripts: Women’s Writing in Wyoming, 1900-1950”. While the Museum is no longer closed and the original exhibit can be viewed in person by booking a Museum Tour, putting the exhibit online will make it open to an even bigger audience.

Narrative writing about the state — certainly, the Tetons — is sparse before 1950, and published works are few and far between in comparison to the rest of the American West. Women’s words are even harder to come by, but provide important insight into the changing nature of the region. This exhibit explores the story of the landscape, wildlife and people of Jackson Hole and Wyoming through women’s words.

To make the exhibit shine online, original creators Curator Christy Smirl, Designer Jenna Mahaffie, Artist Katy Ann Fox and Executive Director Morgan Jaouen put their heads together to build a digital experience.

In doing so, they added a new element: recordings of the writers’ original words read by local women Deb Keenan, Natalia Duncan Macker, Clare Symmons and Robyn Vincent. Original designer Mahaffie put the new, virtual version of the exhibit together with unique animation and audio elements.

To view the exhibit online beginning on July 30, visit

To see the exhibit in person, reserve a Museum Tour at When visiting the physical Museum, a complementary exhibit “Wyoming Women from the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center” also shows 30 framed, historical photos of Wyoming women in leadership roles in the outdoors and their communities.

The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum would like to give many thanks for Mountains to Manuscripts exhibit support from 4JH Lodging Tax Funding, Foxtail Books & Library Services and Soroptimist of Jackson Hole, as well as a generous grant from the Wyoming Humanities Council to open the exhibit online.

The online exhibit “Mountains to Manuscripts: Women’s Writing in Wyoming, 1900-1950” will go live on Thursday, July 30. Photo: Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum
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