Cultural Resources: Preserving Stories and Structures from Grand Teton's Past
The Foundation’s Cultural Resource Initiative funds priority projects that reflect Grand Teton National Park’s history, foster connections to places, are accessible to visitors, and increase engagement in the park’s cultural treasures. National park and history enthusiasts care deeply about preserving the stories and artifacts that have shaped the Grand Teton visitors know today. Together we are helping to maintain and interpret these cultural resources for generations to come.
Grand Teton Hammer CorpsBack To Top
For over 20 years, Grand Teton has utilized volunteer groups to help with the preservation of historical buildings and landscapes, completing critical work and protecting significant properties.The goal of Grand Teton Hammer Corps is to provide a formal and consistent avenue for returning volunteers, increase opportunities for service projects, and establish an effective model for future years. In the program’s inaugural summer, 222 volunteers contributed over 3,000 hours to preservation projects in Grand Teton National Park. Hammer Corps’ work goes above and beyond what the National Park Service could accomplish on its own.
Mormon Row Historic DistrictBack To Top
Grand Teton’s Mormon Row Historic District is one of the most visited sites in Jackson Hole due to its historical relevance and beautiful setting. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, Mormon Row is one of the country’s best representations of an early 1900s western farming community. Over the last century, the vacant buildings have succumbed to the harsh elements of weather in Jackson Hole. Roofs, foundations, and corrals are just a few of the many areas on Mormon Row that have been slowly degrading over time.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, the Foundation funded much-needed preservation work in 2014, 2015, and 2016 to ensure Mormon Row treasures remain standing for visitors to enjoy and appreciate well into the future.
Lucas Fabian HomesteadBack To Top
Resting on the edge of Cottonwood Creek, the Geraldine Lucas Homestead-Harold Fabian Place is one of Grand Teton’s hidden cultural gems.Comprised of a handful of log buildings with sweeping Teton views, the property is historically significant to the park and a favorite destination among visitors who know of its existence. The site has been vacant for decades and was greatly deteriorated due to years of exposure. Thanks to a Foundation donor, work was completed in summer 2015 and 2016 to improve access and restore structures at the Lucas Fabian Homestead.
Originally constructed by Geraldine Lucas and later acquired by Harold Fabian, the homestead is one of Grand Teton’s cherished historic and cultural resources. Geraldine Lucas became the second woman to climb the Grand Teton in 1924 and remained on the property year-round until her death in 1938. In isolation, she braved harsh winters and deep snowpack, often using a team of Alaskan malamutes and a sled for transportation. Her sled is on display today in the transportation barn near Menor’s Ferry in Moose, Wyoming.
Future Focus AreasBack To Top
The Foundation’s 2017-2021 Long-Range Plan identifies additional cultural resource focus areas:
• Currently, the Foundation is reviewing, researching, and recommending options for storing, displaying, and exhibiting the David T. Vernon Collection and other park collections.
• Warming temperatures are exposing Native American and other artifacts in melting ice patches found at high elevations in Grand Teton. The Foundation is considering supporting future archaeology projects to learn more about how Native Americans and early settlers to the region traveled in the high peaks of the park.
• Additional preservation and interpretation at the historic Mormon Row Historic District.