4-H Building dedication

Amy Wilson, left, and Gracie Hardeman, right, tug to reveal Elizabeth McCabe’s name on the Teton County 4-H building in a poignant ceremony Wednesday. McCabe’s daughters, Carol Rose and Ann Ramsay, center, talked about the passion and dedication their mother had for photographing 4-H participants.

Elizabeth McCabe’s photographs of young valley residents with their livestock have long hung inside the Teton County 4-H building. Now her name adorns the outside.

A robust crowd of 4-H alumni, supporters and friends celebrated McCabe’s legacy Wednesday during a poignant naming ceremony outside the building at 255 W. Deloney Ave. Eight years after the death of longtime newspaper publisher and photographer McCabe, her daughter Ann Ramsay donated $1.8 million to form an endowment that will help with housing stipends for Teton County Extension Office staff.

“She was so diligent making sure our 4-H members got in the newspaper,” said Trudy Birkemeyer Funk, who spent 10 years as a 4-H participant and many more as a volunteer leader and parent of 4-H kids. “Elizabeth recognized the hard work kids put into their projects, their passion. In return she gave them her passion.”

The gift in honor of McCabe sets Teton County apart “from any 4-H program in the nation,” said Kelly Crane, associate director of the University of Wyoming’s Extension Service.

UW Provost Kevin Carman agreed.

“Thanks for your vision, your support, and for helping make a generation of dreams come true,” Carman said to McCabe’s daughters.

Teton County 4-H educator Glenn Owings said the program is thriving in Teton County. This year, 4-H had 243 young people enroll in programs, with 41 adult leaders volunteering their time and knowledge as guides.

McCabe was one of the publishers of the Jackson Hole Guide starting in the 1970s, and was part of a group who owned and published the Jackson Hole News&Guide after the 2002 merger with the Jackson Hole News. She died in 2012 at age 101.

Contact Johanna Love at 732-7071 or jlove@jhnewsandguide.com.

Editor in Chief Johanna Love has covered the Jackson Hole community as part of the News&Guide staff since 1998. She took the helm of the newsroom in 2017. She fields story tips and kudos as well as criticism and questions.

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