In 1976, through the Jackson Hole Preserve,
Laurance S. Rockefeller donated almost 1,500 historic American Indian objects known as the
David T. Vernon Collection to the park. This significant collection became the heart of the Colter Bay Visitor
Center and Indian Arts Museum.
Built in 1972, the Colter Bay Visitor Center and Indian Arts Museum does not
meet the preservation and protection needs of the collection. Approximately half of the collection was sent
to the NPS Western Archeological and Conservation Center in Tucson, AZ, for conservation treatment in spring
2005. In the future, the Foundation will work with the park to raise funds to be used in conjunction with line
item appropriations to rehabilitate the Colter Bay Visitor Center and Indian Arts Museum and return the
Vernon Collection to its home for the enjoyment of the public.