George Matsumoto was a local legend in the Wood River Valley. He was the chef at the Ore House and was often found behind the camera taking pictures of local events and happenings, as well as capturing memories from his travels to areas like New Zealand and California.
This Todd Protectograph Company check writer was used in the Griffith Grocery store. The store was opened around 1926 and was located on the corner of Main Street and First Avenue in Ketchum, where Sun Valley Culinary Institute is today. The Todd Protectograph Company advertised that the protectograph check writer protected businesses from fraudulent changes because the machine printed precise amounts across the check.
From the Mary Jane and Dave Conger Collection (2003.58.03), Center for Regional History.
A rolling pin that was handmade by the donor’s grandfather, “Grandpa Hallis,” in his shop. The pin was brought over the plains in 1853. From the Delaurice Moser Collection (1996.28.04), Center for Regional History.
Skiing on Baldy in the 1940s was as challenging as it is today. There were fewer runs, though, and if you skied the Warm Springs side, you caught a bus back to the River Run lift. Beginner skiers who took lessons at the Sun Valley Ski School graduated to skiing on Baldy from several lessons on Dollar and Proctor. In 1936, Dollar and Proctor had the very first chair lifts in the world.
When a beginner skied from the top of Baldy to the bottom on the River Run side without a single fall, he or she was awarded with a pin like this one. This Sun Valley pin was awarded to Denny Henkel by her ski instructor, Andy Hennig, in 1948.
Denny Henkel Collection, 2007.13.01
Gretchen Fraser was the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in skiing and is to many a local icon. This scrapbook is full of pages surrounding her major accomplishment. It has numerous newspaper articles, photographs, telegrams, and letters about her time at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
These polka dotted shoes belonged to Cherie Kessler aka Kitty Litter, a member of the local performing group The Vuarnettes. These heels represent local women who stood up and performed at many local establishments during the 1980s through the 2000s.