June 30, 2021
The Trailing of the Sheep Festival, which is celebrating 25 years in 2021, has gifted its historical archives to The Community Library in Ketchum. A special ribbon-cutting and dedication event will be held on June 30, 2021, at 5:00pm on the Library’s veranda (above 4th Street and accessible from the sidewalk) to recognize and celebrate the gift of the estate of Patricia Crandall Lane which helped make this project possible.
The Community Library will own, curate, and maintain the Trailing of the Sheep Festival archives, and an internship program has been established to help work on the project. The inaugural Patricia Crandall Lane Trailing of the Sheep Festival Archives intern is Kaili Smith, a Wood River Valley local of Basque descent. A graduate from the University of Redlands with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology, she is next starting her graduate degree at City University of London where she will be completing an MSc in Library Sciences. This summer, she will be processing part of the Trailing of the Sheep Festival archive that is now a part of The Community Library collection.
About Patricia Crandall Lane
Patty Lane regarded herself as an authentic Sun Valleyite. She was born in the Sun Valley hospital, then occupying the third floor of the Lodge. Her mother was Jeanne Rodger Lane Moritz – one of the 17 women who founded The Community Library Association, and her father was John Crandall “Pete” Lane, a native Idahoan and the owner of Pete Lane’s, the Sun Valley ski store, and a founder of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. Her grandfather was John Pusey “Jack” Lane, a merchant and livestock man who established his businesses in Ketchum a century ago. Her home growing up was on the Box L Ranch, the Lane family sheep property just south of Ketchum that spread the width of the Wood River Valley and up on Elkhorn Gulch. Patty’s happiest professional years were in sales at Pete Lane’s. In addition to many other jobs, she served as a trustee of The Community Library. She enjoyed retirement in Hailey with her friends and her dogs. She passed in 2016 and left a generous gift to the Trailing of the Sheep Festival from her estate.