Got some of the bigger items placed in new display areas. The sagebrush grubber is now out front! Thanks Parks and Waterways Dept. for coming out on a chilly morning.
We still have a few things to rearrange, but most of the big things are done.
It has been a strange journey throughout the year, but overall, the museum was able to function reasonably well. We received quite a few new donations, including the threshing machine pictured below. Floyd Miller donated and the Twin Falls Canal Company moved it for us. Many thanks to everyone involved as it was a big endeavor we couldn't have done without their assistance.
There have been a number of changes at the museum this year, the addition of 4 new members to the board, Ashley Haycock hired to take over the administrative position, some painting and other building improvements, additional displays, and a new "walking tour" project.
The fire engine had some work done on the brakes and we took it to Filer and Buhl for the parades.
A check for $5,000 from the "Conquest of the Snake" video and donation from the Paxton family will get us started on the walking tour project.
Doug Lincoln got us set up at the Twin Falls County Fair.
There was a wedding in the back yard -
and the lecture series was successful again.
2020 could have been worse, but we are anxious to see what 2021 brings.
Stop by to meet new staff member Ashley Haycock. Ashley has taken over the daily duties at the museum and will be happy to show you around. Please wear a mask and social distance though.
Silver salt cellars with a tiny spoon were donated to the museum, along with a crystal knife rest.
Other donations new this month are a brochure from around 1912 regarding the Murtaugh area and an eight foot long church pew from the Filer Mennonite Church.
Last year the historical society was contacted by Forrest Berger, one of the producers of Outdoor Idaho programs on PBS. They were looking for information on barns. Before they left the museum they had more contacts and information than they knew what to do with.
The program will air on October 15 and the teaser features Duane Ramseyer. (You can see the teaser on our Facebook page.) We hope you all watch and enjoy the program in it's entirety.
The museum is currently open, noon to five, Tuesday through Saturday. We haven't scheduled any events due to COVID restrictions, but will be working on some educational programs for teachers to access. There is a possibility we can do some school tours also, so please keep us in mind and don't hesitate to email or call for more information.
The Twin Falls County Historical Society display at the fair is in the southwest corner of the agriculture building.
You can learn about measuring water, the different uses for pitchforks and scythes and a little about how to dress for the occasion. We also have a digital display with several short videos about local history and historical sites.
Generally the Twin Falls County Historical Society has an exhibit in the antiques building, but, due to COVID it will be closed this year. We have been given a space in the ag building and we will be putting together a display on September 1. The fair will open on September 2 and run through the 7th.