The dream of having a historical soci­ety began in 1895 when historians col­lected the words of the old pioneers. They felt the romantic history of the people, the Kootenai, the fur-trappers and traders, homesteaders and early residents should be preserved. By 1911 they called themselves the Pioneer Association with Mrs. Martin Fry serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

By 1935, many historians continued to gather the rich history and memora­bilia of the Kootenai Tribe, fur trappers and traders, homesteaders, and early residents. They held meetings and had programs sharing the history with one another. They laid plans for having a his­torical society and eventually a pioneer museum.

With all this in mind, the Boundary County Historical Society was organized and incorporated under the laws of the State of Idaho in 1966. Again, historians added to the collection of history; gather­ing for small exhibitions of artifacts and readings about people and places of the county.

The bylaws of the Society state: “The purpose of the Boundary County Historical Society shall be to bring together persons interested in the history of Boundary County; to promote further interest in the heritage of this area; to gather information, objects and materials relative to its history and development; and to carry on educational programs concerning this region. The Society will manage and operate any real or personal property in the form of a public museum.”

Read about the Boundary County Historical Society Museum


Boundary County Historical Society & Museum
7229 Main Street
PO Box 808
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805