Come on down to the museum and see what has changed!
It is no longer the one room you remember, it is three rooms full of excitement!
New things to see every day because once today becomes yesterday it also becomes history.
Come visit the Kootenai Kid and find out what he is up to!
Here is a sample of a few of our exhibits!
“An expert researcher on the Knights of Pythias was so excited to see the collection of artifacts from the local lodge. He said it was the most artifacts he has ever seen in one collection. “Very impressive”.
The Museum’s collection doubled in size with the help of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, who have placed on display artifacts returned to the tribe from the Freddie Florea Collection, Paul Flinn Collection and Nellie Ruckey Collection; and also donated money to purchase new display cases.
Our “Hole in the Wall”,
the “Fire & Flames” display,
This exhibit will feature A.J. Kent, Frank
Zimmerman, and Wes Deitz and chronicles the
formation of the Bonners Ferry Fire Department.
The focal point of the exhibit is a 1923 REO
Fire Truck belonging to the Smoke Eaters Club,
and various and sundry fire equipment and items
displayed on behalf of the City. The second part
of this exhibit will explain the history of
blacksmithing and local smithies Peter Silas and
Jess and Bob Meeker of Meeker’s Machine Shop.
The exhibit will feature Marion Bradley’s
blacksmith shop collection including a forge
with blower, coal tinderbox, anvil and various
hand-held forging tools.
Both the latest and the largest area in the museum, the portrait hall is so named for its collection of Bette Myers paintings originally commissioned by Stan and Georgia DeHart for display in their downtown drug and jewelry store.
The oil paintings of 40 “pioneers” of Boundary County, commissioned by Stan and Georgia DeHart and painted by local artist Bette Myers, are now safely protected from the cold.
The White Caribou Saloon!
Fred Fisher opened the bar, which featured the iconic Bonners Ferry white caribou, on Main Street in 1905, and ran it until it closed four years later in 1909.