New Exhibit at Sun Valley Museum of History


By DeSiree Fawn

Ketchum, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - There’s a new exhibit at the Sun Valley Museum of History. Railroad Ties: Tracking the History of Sun Valley.

The Sun Valley Museum of History has existed for nearly 20 years and just recently became part of The Community Library. The opening exhibit for the museum, Railroad Ties: Tracking the History of Sun Valley, highlights the history of the Wood River Valley, told through the story of the coming of the railroad.

“One of the main things they wanted to do was really have a strong Native American history as part of the exhibit. And then with the coming of mining, and settlement in the valley, it was really important for us to highlight how important that was to what brought the railroad in. And then of course, the mining slowed down and sheep ranching became a very important part of this area,” said Taylor Paslay, Exhibits Director for The Community Library.

The exhibit demonstrates just how integral the railroad was to bringing the Sun Valley resort to the Wood River Valley. To ensure everyone has a good time at the museum, they included elements to make the collection more family interactive.

“The highlight for a lot of our visitors, especially the kids, is this really neat model train diorama that we use. And we incorporated some models that we had in existence here that hadn’t been used for a while," said Paslay.

Now that the museum is part of the library, they wanted to combine the extensive photographic collection that The Community Library has in their Regional History Department with existing artifacts at the Sun Valley Museum of History.

The railroad ties exhibit will be up indefinitely and the museum is currently open through the summer, Tuesday to Saturday, from 1pm to 6pm. Admission is five dollars with a discount for children, seniors, and military.

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