. . . History is not only held here. It is born here . . .
The Jeanne Rodger Lane Center for Regional History is comprised of the Special Collections Archive, Betty Olsen Carr Reading Room, Wood River Museum, and the Hemingway House and Preserve, providing multiple ways to explore the varied terrain of central Idaho history.
Introducing the All-New Wood River Museum of History and Culture
How in the World Did You Get to Sun Valley?
This exhibit explores the stories of people who have journeyed to this hard-to-reach area. It is not easy to find Sun Valley and Central Idaho in general, here in the high desert mountains of the American West, but a wide range of people have done so…
Portrait of a Mountain
Over the past 150 years, the greater Ketchum and Sun Valley area has taken shape around, and been shaped by, the iconic Bald Mountain. This exhibit looks deeply at the mountain that defines the local landscape and affects life and imaginations here in so many ways.
A Writer in New Country: Hemingway in 1939
This exhibit examines who Hemingway was when he arrived in 1939: a writer at his peak, a globetrotter drawn to remote places, a rugged outdoor enthusiast, and a man with complicated personal relationships.
Sun Valley Winter Sports Hall of Fame
The Sun Valley Winter Sports Hall of Fame (SVWSHoF) honors the significant contributions of legendary local athletes and visionaries. The honorees have achieved in their sport or industry and have also given back to the Wood River Valley community.
View and download a list of past honorees here.
The Library’s Center for Regional History is proud to announce the inductees for the Class of 2023 Sun Valley Winter Sports Hall of Fame:
• Judy Blumberg: Figure Skating
• John “Cub” Burke: Ice Hockey
• Heather Flood-Daves: Alpine
• Marc Mast: Adaptive Alpine and Adaptive Nordic
• Jonna Mendes: Alpine
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for mixing and mingling.
Registration is required for in-person attendance. For those who cannot attend in person, the program will be livestreamed on Vimeo and available for replay.
A reception will follow at The Library’s Wood River Museum of History and Culture, 580 4th Street East.
More/register to attend here.
Regional History Resources
WOOD RIVER MUSEUM
Visit the re-imagined Wood River Museum of History and Culture at its new location on the corner of Walnut and 4th in Ketchum.
Learn about Ernest Hemingway and his twenty-two year relationship with Sun Valley through the extensive special collection on-site and online.
Regional History Collections
Books and maps can be perused in the Betty Olsen Carr Reading Room, and special collections can be explored online and in person with the help of a reference librarian.
Additional notable collections include:
David Meeker Collection on Hemingway | Trailing of the Sheep Archive | Dorice Taylor Collection | Edith Ellis Hyde Papers | Art Ensign, Jr. Family Collection | Jayne A. Smith Collection on Eugene Antz | Institute of the American West Photos and Recordings
Current Foyer Exhibit
July – December 2023
The new exhibits at the Wood River Museum of History and Culture are illuminated in collections of books curated by our librarians. Topics include Sun Valley history, Bald Mountain, Native American tribes, Ernest Hemingway, and geology of the Wood River Valley. Check out a book/s and pick up a free bookmark and recommended reading list.
Contact the Center for Regional History
We want to help you research and learn about the Wood River Valley, central Idaho, and the American West!