The historical society had been a part of the past two Magic Valley Memories books, but unfortunately, the Times News chose not to include us in latest book. We receive numerous donations of local photographs and are happy to accept these donations. The photos are scanned and turned into slideshows that play on our digital frames and computers.
Recently Tara Fiscus brought in some photos that include her father, Johnny Meyers, who did the first restoration work on the Perrine Stagecoach. Dick Tucker donated a photo of boys that graduated from Union School in 1943. (Their teacher took them to the Rogerson Hotel for a celebration dinner.)
Darrell Buffaloe will be here to present his Railroad History program on Saturday, March 23. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
We have a few new articles that were donated today, including two pairs of goggles, house jack, weed wacker (the manual kind), and several other things. Thanks to Don McEwen for bringing them in.
Dick Tucker and Tara Fiscus donated some photographs that are scanned and will be put on a slideshow for viewing.
April 20th is history day and we are looking for interested parties that would like to help with demonstrations or races. We have the weavers and spinners coming back this year as well as Steve Slifer with his cobbler tools, Virginia Tucker with the hand cranked sewing machine, the button club, as well as other exhibits and presentations. Call us if you would like to be a part of any event or a general volunteer.
A few days ago a nice gentleman stopped by the museum with a letter he had written to the board and administrator (me). Howard spent a lot of time composing said missive and I would like for him to know how nice it is to get input from the community. He had some constructive criticism and interesting points to make. This is the 5th year I have worked here at the museum and often, I forget how the public perceives us. I have the "insiders" viewpoint and know what we are working on and what we think needs to be done, but can be rather blind as to whether our efforts are a success or need some adjustment.
This is the first winter we have "officially" been open all winter for quite a long time. The heating system has been repaired and now it is comfortable enough to bring in speakers for Saturday programs. Our field trips have been well received and more promotion has helped boost membership in the Historical Society. Several local foundations have granted us funds to revamp the metal building, digitize maps and newspapers, sponsor field trips, restore windows and work on other programs.
Without input from the community, organizations can stagnate. The current board of directors represent a broad range of general interests and ages. We appreciate those of you that are willing to tell us what you would like to see us do, what you think we are getting right or what needs improvement.
Kimberly Williams Brackett will be at the museum to discuss her book "Keepers of the Record". Starts at 1 o'clock and feel free to ask questions. Kimberly will be available to sign her book after the presentation.
Over 60 people were at the museum to hear Shawn Willsey talk about the unique and exciting geological formations in the Magic Valley. The presentation was VERY interesting and the museum has added his book, "Geology Underfoot in Southern Idaho" to our library collection. Shawn talked about the Yellowstone Caldera, also the Bruneau and Jarbidge eruptions as well as many other details about the rimrock in the Snake River Canyon near pillar falls. The audience posed some great questions, which Shawn readily answered and explained. Many thanks to Shawn Willsey for coming to do this presentation for us.