Frank Johnson was a passionate documentarian of our valley’s history. He worked tirelessly to support and recognize the stories of its people, both past and present.

In recognition of Frank’s many contributions, the Jackson Hole Historical Society, the Teton County Historic Preservation Board, and the Fund for Public Education are proud to offer the Frank Johnson History Day Memorial Fund Award, which supports middle school and high school students participating in National History Day.

National History Day is an academic event that challenges students to engage in historical research and to develop skills that will help them build richer, more empowered lives.

By supporting the Frank Johnson History Day Memorial Fund, you honor Frank’s legacy and enable the next generation of local historians to achieve their goals.



“Frank Johnson loved Jackson Hole, its  people, and its history. His first deep dive into the latter was his outstanding history of St, John’s Episcopal Church, where he served as Rector for many years. Frank eventually brought his research skills and passion for our valley’s history to the Teton County Historic Preservation Board, as a valued and beloved member. I can think of no better way to memorialize Frank than enabling Jackson Hole’s young people to pursue their own passion for history. I’m pretty sure Frank would love it.” — Sherry L. Smith, Teton County Historic Preservation Board

“Frank had a story for every building we discussed in Preservation Board meetings. Whether it was about a former or current resident or a memorable event, his deep knowledge of local history always added depth and life to our work. I was always grateful to leave meetings having learned something new about our community. This fund is such a wonderful way to honor his memory.” — Betsy Engle, former TCHPB Member


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