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Women In Conservation Featured In Temporary Exhibit At The National Elk Refuge Visitor Center

Mayor Grace Miller, third from left, and the Jackson Town Council, 1921.
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Mayor Grace Miller, third from left, and the Jackson Town Council, 1921.

The National Elk Refuge is commemorating the role of women in American conservation for Women’s History Month with an exhibit at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. The temporary exhibit includes a timeline of Jackson Hole women who played a vital role in the area, including Grace Miller, the town's mayor who presided over an all-female town council from 1920 to 1923. 

The exhibit also includes women who helped conservation efforts at the national level. A couple of the iconic women honored are Mardy Murie, who helped the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and Mollie Beattie, the first female U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director.

Lori Iverson, head of visitor services at the National Elk Refuge, said it includes a display of biographies by women currently working in environmental based organizations.

“The purpose of that was just to show the breadth of conservation jobs that are available and have a career focus for young women that might be viewing the display,” said Iverson.

The exhibit in Jackson will close on March 14. 

In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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