Firelines Exhibition at the Sun Valley Museum of History


The Community Library’s Sun Valley Museum of History’s new exhibition, Firelines: The Story of Wildland Fires in the American West, is now open through October 7, 2017. Firelines offers an overview of wildland firefighting history in the West and remembrances of the local wildland fires. The Library’s Regional History Department developed this new exhibit. There is a timeline from 1865 to the present which creates a firefighting perspective. The exhibit continues on to discuss the most recent fires in the Wood River Valley, the 2007 Castle Rock and the 2013 Beaver Creek fires and how they impacted the community.

Firelines exhibits wildland firefighters essential tools, photographs of the Castle Rock and Beaver Creek fires, and a video display of “Firestories,” interviews with Wood River Valley residents about their personal memories of these two fires. In addition, the exhibit features regional maps showing the location and growth of fires in Idaho. Firelines is a collaboration with the Environmental Resource Center.


Additional programming at The Community Library will enhance the wildfire-themed exhibit:

Climate Change at the Forest-Stream Interface: How Wildfire Shapes Salmon Habitat” by Dr. Jamie Goode, Assistant Professor of Geosciences and Environmental Studies at The College of Idaho, Thursday, June 1, 6:00 p.m.

Book discussion series led by the Environmental Resource Center:

Timothy Egans The Big Burn, Wednesday, June 21, 6:00 p.m.
(Book to be announced), Wednesday, July 19, 6:00 p.m.

Screening of the film, “The Big Burn,” Tuesday, June 20, 6:00 p.m.

A reading and discussion of the book Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy with George Wuerthner, Author and Editor, Tuesday, July 18, 6:00 p.m.

Additional wildfire-themed programming offered by the Environmental Resource Center will take place outdoors at Greenhorn Gulch trailhead:

Firewalk, by Deb Taylor, U.S. Forest Service Botanist, Thursday, June 22, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Note: registration required.

The Sun Valley Museum of History is located at First & Washington (in Forest Service Park), Ketchum, Idaho. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. The Community Library is at 415 Spruce Avenue North, Ketchum, Idaho.