We are very exited about some new memorabilia we have acquired for our Hemingway Exhibit at Yellowstone’s North East Entrance. Our Exhibit is at The Range Rider Lodge in Silver Gate, Montana. The Range Rider was built in 1937 and was visited by Hemingway and his wife Pauline in 1938 and ’39. According to Ralph Nelles who helped build the Range Rider and tended bar there for it’s first couple of seasons, the Hemingway’s never missed a Saturday night. Our tours start at The Range Rider Lodge.
We have just acquired a copy of Vogue Magazine from February 1939. Hemingway wrote a reflective piece for Vogue entitled “The Clark’s Fork Valley, Wyoming”. It is a beautifully written account of his five summers at ranch about 15 miles east of the Range Riders. After appearing in 1939 this piece essentially disappeared for the next 60 years, before appearing in Hemingway on Fishing, and in Norton’s Portable Western Reader. Montana’s own William Kittredge chose this story to represent Hemingway in the mammoth collection because it represents his style so well. In doing so he acknowledges Hemingway’s place among America’s western writers by placing this piece between Steinbeck and Norman Maclean. We have also acquired a letter sent from the L–T to Hemingway in 1931, describing Huck Meese’s first ascent of Pilot Peak a big thank you to Dink Bruce for this one. These along with the 1952 Life Magazine with Hemingway on the cover that we got courtesy of Mary Lewis, will make great additions to our exhibit.