The Chambers Homestead on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park was built in 1912 and is now collapsing. It's owned by the National Park Service, which stores its boats in the barns in the winter and keeps its mules there in the summer.

Now the National Park Service is seriously considering stabilizing the buildings, creating wayside exhibits and having a personal interpretive service (that is, guided walks, roving interpretation and bicycle tours, with occasional historic life skill demonstrations by costumed interpreters).But the National Park Service wants public comment right now, so you need to tell them what you want.

If you believe that saving Mormon Row and making it an interpretative site is a good idea, please write in support of "Alternative 5" for Mormon Row to: Jack Neckles, Superintendent, Grand Teton National Park, P.O. Drawer 170, Moose, WY , before Aug. 10.

The homesteads on Mormon Row have all but disappeared. Although there were 17 homesteads and a school and a church on Mormon Row, only the Chambers Ranch and the Moulton Barn still remain. To quote historian and preservationist Jo Ann Byrd of the Teton Historical Society, "The buildings on the Chambers place are of tremendous interest historically. In spite of their fragile and deteriorating condition, a walk among the buildings and outlying fields gives an almost tangible feel for how life must have been for the homesteaders. The buildings are a time capsule capturing the essence of the work and care that went into ranching in the early days -- a rare opportunity to walk back in time."

I hope that this ranch will be preserved by the National Park Service for the generations to come, to understand the hardships of our pioneer ancestors and to realize the enormous difficulties the previous generations overcame.

Please write to Jack Neckles today, and save Mormon Row for the coming generations

Anne Ricks Sumers

Executive director, New Jersey Children's Museum

Paramus, N.J.