Living In The West: May 2018

May 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum
225 N Cache St
Jackson, WY 83001

Living in the West comes back May 31, with author Daniel Sharfstein and local historian Sherry Smith. In this conversational program, they’ll discuss race, citizenship, liberty, equality, and government (all themes in Sharfstein’s latest book, Thunder in the Mountains). The conversation starts at 6pm in our 225 N Cache Street location and is free to the public. For more information, visit



The Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum will host author Daniel Sharfstein and local historian Sherry Smith as they discuss the Nez Perce War, race, and citizenship (the topic of Dan’s latest book, Thunder in the Mountains). More information from Dan is below:

Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War explores the aftermath of Civil War and Reconstruction through the experiences of two legendary Americans: Oliver Otis Howard—Union Army general, Freedmen’s Bureau Commissioner, evangelical, and namesake for Howard University—and Chief Joseph, leader of a small band of Nez Perce Indians in far northeastern Oregon, who emerged as a prominent voice for civil rights at the end of the nineteenth century.  A story of the war the U.S. army fought against Nez Perce families across Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming in the summer of 1877, the book considers the battles that Americans are still fighting over race and citizenship, liberty and equality, and the proper size, scope, and role of government.

Daniel Sharfstein teaches law and history at Vanderbilt University, where he holds the Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence.  A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author of two acclaimed and award-winning histories of race and citizenship in the United States, The Invisible Line and Thunder in the Mountains.  He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.