Episode 96 – Bringing History Alive with Kenneth Thomasma

In this week’s episode of the Jackson Hole Connection, Stephan visits with Kenneth Thomasma. After 12 years of working at a summer camp in Montana, Ken fell in love with the mountains. In 1977, Ken and his wife decided to make them their home and left Michigan to move out to Jackson Hole. Moving out to Jackson gave Ken the time he needed to write his first book which was inspired by the story of Sacajawea’s friend, Naya Nuki.

In this episode, Ken talks about running the Kelly School, leading campaigns, living in Turkey in 1954 and writing historically-inspired young adult fiction and nonfiction.

Connect with Ken by emailing grandviewpublishing@gmail.com or find him in the phone book. 

Find Ken’s books at Grandviewpublishing.net

Buy Ken’s first book: Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran or ask your local bookstore. 

This week’s sponsor is The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole! Check them out at TheLiquorStoreJacksonHole.com.

Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com 

Music in this episode is provided by Luke Taylor. Marketing and editing support by Michael Moeri.

Posted by, Michael Moeri


  1. Nancy Rosema Schripsema on 12/09/2020 at 4:13 AM

    Loved hearing Ken Thomasma again. He was my principal at Mulick Park Elementary School, my principal at Ridgeview Junior High and one of my Sunday School or youth group leaders/teachers at Fifth Reformed Church, all in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
    He wrote one of the recommendations for my teaching packet of credentials when I graduated from Hope College, Holland, Michigan in 1971.
    I will always remember many wonderful things about Mr. T. while he lived in Grand Rapids, MI.
    Tell him hi for me.

  2. Christian Joy Tuininga on 03/21/2021 at 8:26 PM

    What a fascinating fellow!! My favourite book when I was a young girl was Naya Nuki. I still re-read it at age 46. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this interview!!!

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