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.
Steve Slifer has the pipes in and the calliope working again. It is an interesting home made device that turns out to be very complicated. The energy source is a blower motor attached with a vacuum hose. Pipes have stops inside and whistle when opened by pressing the keyboard. Inside there are hand carved wooden hammers attached to fish line and sinkers. It's quite fun to play with.
The Historical Society was the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Snake River Pool and Spa, Blue Lakes Inn and the Paxton family. The money will be used to create a self guided walking tour of the Museum grounds. We hope to begin this project in the next few weeks. Signs will be placed in designated sections, with a pamphlet that explains the display and gives more information.
The Twin Falls County Historical Society is looking for a person to "host" the museum. This is a paid, part time position, that could work out really well for the right person. Hours are noon to five, Tuesday through Saturday, year around. You would be responsible for opening and closing the museum during these hours. Cleaning and sanitizing are some of the job duties, along with answering the telephone, responding to email, giving tours and information, greeting patrons, and working with volunteers. You will report to the Historical Society board of directors and should be comfortable with working on your own.
Please respond to Twin Falls County Historical Society Museum, 21337 Hwy 30, Filer, Idaho, 83328 with a resume'. WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!