- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - For nearly three-quarters of a century, the Moseley/Hardeman Barn has towered over a grassy meadow abutting Fish Creek just east of Wilson.

Recently, the home of the Teton Raptor Center has another feather for its weather vane.

The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources announced that the Moseley/Hardeman Barn and its neighboring buildings have been added to the National Register of Historical Places, a list administered by the National Park Service.

Filmmaker Jennifer Tennican describes the main barn as a building that defines part of Jackson Hole’s character. Fascinated with the barn’s charm and place in history, Tennican and Rebecca Huntington made “A Treasure in Plain Sight,” a film about the barn’s history and cultural significance. The film premiered in September at the Center for the Arts.

“It seems like the treasure has been officially recognized as such,” Tennican said of the Historical Places listing. “The designation validates the craftsmanship of Wesley Bircher, who built the barn.”

Built in the 1940s and located at the Hardeman Ranch in Wilson, the barns go unnoticed by the many valley residents who drive by them each day. Tennican hopes their spot on the register will encourage people to pay attention to the property that is now home to the raptor center.

She wants people to pay attention to the craftsmanship required to construct the buildings, especially the main barn’s Gothic roof.

Even more important than the architecture are the memories and stories connected to buildings, Tennican said.

She said Mary Humstone, co-founder of the Barn Again! Program and an architectural history professor at the University of Wyoming, conveyed the emotions and memories the barns trigger in an interview for “A Treasure in Plain Sight.”

“She said, ‘Historic buildings trigger memories, and memories trigger stories. If we didn’t preserve buildings like the Hardeman Barn those stories would be lost,’” Tennican said. “As a filmmaker and storyteller that’s my favorite quote from the film.”

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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