By Brigid Miller, Museum Community Engagement Manager
Ned Bell, Myrna Heiner, and Lee Limes in costume at a party at The Quonset Hut in Sun Valley in the 1950s.
From the leaves changing and the colder weather, fall in the Wood River Valley is officially here. This time of year also means all things Halloween: Carving pumpkins, dressing up in fun costumes, and trick-or-treating. While this picture is not from Halloween specifically, it shows a costume party at the Quonset Hut at Sun Valley in the 1950s.
Halloween is often the one time per year that most people get to dress up in costumes, so it is fun to imagine a time when these types of parties were more common. The image notes say, “another dress up day in Sun Valley” and based on the number of other photos we have in our collection from costume parties and dress up days at Sun Valley, it is clear that these events happened often.
This photo features Ned Bell, who spent 48 years living and working in Sun Valley, Lee Limes a long-time Sun Valley resident who worked at the Ram, Sun Valley Ski School, and at the Gold Mine Thrift Store, and Myrna Heiner, who also worked at the Ram and at Sun Valley Ski School. These individuals, and many others, came to Sun Valley during the early days of the resort and through events, such as this costume party, they helped to build, shape, and grow the area and community around them.