The Ranch A Restoration Foundation has several levels of membership. Membership funds are currently used for day-to-day expenses. While the Ranch A Facilities belong to the State of Wyoming and are under the supervision of the State Lands & Investments Board, there is no direct funding from the state to Ranch A. Grants for renovations have been given, but operating expenses depend on the income from usage of the buildings and rent from the apartments, as well as Foundation Memberships. Fund raising activities are necessary for generating operating expenses and for upkeep and small repairs. Donations and memberships will be gratefully accepted.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP LEVELS
- FOUNDATION: $100.00 - $299.00
- JUSO BROTHERS: $300.00 - $999.00
- MARLENE & FRANK SIMONS: $1000.00 – $4,999.00
- MOLESWORTH: $5,000.00 - $9,999.00
(Includes 4 tickets to the Annual Fundraiser & Banquet)
- ANNENBERG: $10,000+
(Includes a table for 8 for the Annual Fundraiser & Banquet)
TO SEND A DONATION, OR REQUEST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Ranch A Restoration Foundation
Joleen Hart, President
PO Box 219
Beulah, WY 82712
Please make checks payable to:
RARF Membership Levels are named in honor of
Individuals or Families
that have special significance for Ranch A
That the log buildings at Ranch A have remained in such good condition for so many years is testimony to the quality of the construction by the Juso brothers. Nels Juso taught his sons to build high-quality log structures. The six sons did not have access to power saws and modern tools. Double bladed axes and six-foot crosscut saws were used to down the trees, which were then peeled by hand with knives they had made themselves. The logs were taken to the building site, fitted by carving and shaping, hoisted and rolled into place.
Marlene & Frank Simons
In the 1990s, Wyoming State Representative Marlene Simons dedicated much of her energy to the project of preserving Ranch A for public use. She spearheaded the effort to have the federal government deed the property and buildings to the State of Wyoming. She convinced the legislators of Wyoming and South Dakota to lead this effort, and then convinced the reluctant Governor of Wyoming to accept the gift. When the legislation was passed, she had already organized the Ranch A Restoration Foundation to assume responsibility for developing and maintaining the grounds and buildings. She was supported and encouraged in all of her efforts by her husband Frank. In the opinion of many, without the work of Marlene and Frank, Ranch A might well be in private hands.
Thomas Molesworth didn't invent Western interior design, but he provided a strong theme that developed into an American Western style. His first major project was designing, selecting, and constructing the furnishings for the Ranch A Lodge.
Ranch A gets the name from Moses Annenberg who purchased the property in November of 1927. Moses named his property Ranch A, and proceeded to purchase more land to the total of 2000 acres. He set crews at work to build the lodge, caretaker's residence, a barn, several guest cabins, a 10 mile long game fence to encircle the entire property, and two stone arches to mark the entrances to the property. He hired craftsmen who used old world techniques to do the building with the emphasis to be the showcase lodge.