16th July 2008

Historical Society Sponsors Twin Events as Fundraiser

By: Gini Woodward

Written by Museum staff for publication

Originally published – RuralNorthwest – Jul 11, 2008

Boundary County Historical Society, Inc. volunteers have been stitching quilts, researching downtown history and making plans for a big day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 19.

A colorful quilt donated by Chris Helton is displayed by Virginia Cowley and Kathy Hanks. Twelve quilts are on display in various downtown businesses.

The two-part event, a quilt festival at the Fairgrounds and a downtown history walk starting and ending at the museum, will provide interesting hometown activities for the whole day. Funds raised from the various activities will benefit the current museum building projects.

“Every Quilt has a Story” is the theme of the quilt festival. Carol Jean Hubbard, quilt show coordinator, reports there are close to 100 quilts which will be on display at the fairgrounds.

In addition, there are 12 donated “for sale quilts” on display at various businesses. Quilt sales will benefit the museum.

Other activities include guest presentations and story-telling by Terri Kralic, Dan Price, Dana Hobbs and Karen Standal to round out the program. Shirley Scofield donated a lovely quilt which will be raffled at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at LaMars or at the show. Quilters have donated surplus items for a stash sale. There is a $3 admission fee for the exhibit, and each attendee will receive a free “fat quarter.”

“Step Back in Time”

“Step Back in Time” is a downtown history walk of photos, the old stories and building information in the historic downtown core. Lifetime resident and historian Howard Kent has pulled information from multiple sources about the development of Bonners Ferry. Curator Sue Kemmis has selected interesting photos of selected sites in the early days.

Howard Kent deep in research preparing for guided tours of the historic downtown core on Saturday.

Downtown businesses have sponsored their site with its history in a small booklet. Howard Kent will provide guided tours beginning and ending at the museum at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., or you can follow the map and take a self-guided tour.

Don’t miss the “Here Today Gone Tomorrow Fabric Shop,” in which fabric was donated for sale to benefit the museum. Visitors to the museum on Saturday will receive a goodie bag stuffed with surprises and coupons from sponsoring businesses. The museum will exhibit a collection of antique quilts and feature Dan Price demonstrating a treadle sewing machine.

Refreshments will be served, provided by Jill’s Café. This is a great day to visit the newly expanded museum exhibits and the progress on the new entrance.

The Boundary County Historical Society, Inc is a 501(c)3 corporation. Your donations may be tax deductible.

Twin Events as Fundraiser