Donate now to help preserve and share Mammoth's local history at historic Hayden Log Cabin!

Your donation will go directly to artifact preservation, museum operation, and care of one of Mammoth's most iconic historic buildings built in the 1920's by Emmet Hayden, famous mapmaker.

Donate now to help preserve and share Mammoth's local history at historic Hayden Log Cabin! image

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Your donation will go directly to artifact preservation, museum operation, and care of one of Mammoth's most iconic historic buildings built in the 1920's by Emmet Hayden, famous mapmaker.

One-of-A-Kind Museum at historic Hayden Cabin

The historic Hayden Log Cabin is home to Mammoth Museum situated along the meandering Mammoth Creek. The story of Hayden Cabin began in the 1920's when Emmet and Margaret Hayden obtained one of the first early Forest Service Permits for their rustic summer residence. The cabin was built all by hand and took nearly 10 years to complete. In it's early days the cabin was used as a lodging facility from which Emmet ran a hunting and fishing guiding service, one of the first in the area. Emmet was an accomplished cartographer and owner of Hayden Map Company. As a well-known map maker it is said that Emmett was instrumental in "putting Mammoth on the map". Emmett loved a good time with friends. The locals of that day "always knew when Emmet was in town". Visitors can still see the robust kitchen table made by Emmet inside the cabin kitchen where many a poker game has taken place and imagine also the scent of handmade sweet pancakes served up by Margaret from her original stove. After their death the unique cabin that they loved became the property of Forest Service and Southern Mono Historical Society. Because of the love, care, and generosity of many individuals over the years, the cabin known as Hayden Cabin is available today for public viewing and houses the Mammoth Museum and its artifacts. It is the desire and passion of the SMHS and its members to continue to share this historic landmark and grow the Museum and grounds into a flourishing interactive community visiting destination.

All donation is tax deductible. When you donate to the SMHS Mammoth Museum with a designated Membership Status Level amount of $15* or above we will give you the following:

Student Level $15 (with I.D.)* - Newsletter

Individual Level $30 - Newsletter, 10% gift shop discount, Free admission to select museum events, invitation to our special Annual Members Only dinner party.

Family Level $50 - Newsletter, 10% gift shop discount, Free admission to select museum events, invitation to our special Annual Members Only dinner party.

Sponsor Level $100 - Newsletter, 10% gift shop discount, Free admission to select museum events, Historic (8.5x11) photo reproduced from our collection, invitation to our special Annual Members Only dinner party.

Business/Contributor Level $500 - Newsletter, 10% gift shop discount, Free admission to select museum events, Historic (8.5x11) photo reproduced from our collection, your business logo on our website, private tour of special historic places, invitation to our special Annual Members Only dinner party.

"Temple of Folly" Level $750 - Newsletter, 10% gift shop discount, Free admission to select museum events, Historic (8.5x11) photo reproduced from our collection, your business logo on our website, private tour of special historic places, use of our "Temple of Folly tent for your special event (once per year. Advanced reservation required.), invitation to our special Annual Members Only dinner party.

Patron Level $1,000 - Newsletter, 10% gift shop discount, Free admission to select museum events, Historic (8.5x11) photo reproduced from our collection, your business logo on our website, private tour of special historic places, use of our "Temple of Folly tent for your special event (once per year. Advanced reservation required.), Hayden Map Company original copy map from our collection, invitation to our special Annual Members Only dinner party.

Donors Forum Level $2,500 - Newsletter, 10% gift shop discount, Free admission to select museum events, Historic (8.5x11) photo reproduced from our collection, your business logo on our website, private tour of special historic places, use of our "Temple of Folly tent for your special event (once per year. Advanced reservation required.), Hayden Map Company original copy map from our collection, invitation to our special Annual Members Only dinner party, exclusive catered dinner for six (6) inside historic Hayden Cabin.

Thank you for keeping our Mammoth history alive!

Sincerely, The SMHS and Team at Mammoth Museum