Tuesday, Jan 16, 2024 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Everyone is encouraged to attend!

This is an open meeting, all are welcome.

Boundary County Historical Society Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 16, 2023

6:00 PM

Portrait Hall

7229 Main St., Bonners Ferry, Idaho

At the Annual Meeting of the Historical Society, there will be an election for two trustee positions, 3-year terms


Refreshments will be served

  • Call to Order
  • Annual Reports
  • Election of Trustees
  • Old/New Business
  • Adjournment

Come take a look at the progress of your museum and help shape the future

The meeting will include a review of the museum’s annual financial report, proposed 2024 budget, reports on museum activities during the past year, and any other business that may come before the membership.

6:30pm – Trustees Meeting Following – election of board officers

All are welcome to stay


Boundary County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting Notice


According to the Society Bylaws, the Annual Meeting is to be held in the month of January.

The 2024 Annual Meeting will be held January 16, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. in Portrait Hall.


Following is a summary of what has kept the Trustees, Staff, and Volunteers busy in 2023:


*   * 2023 End of Year Report *   *


BCHS Membership:  

            *            Membership in 2023 – 146 members; Membership for 2024 (to date) – 84 members

            *            Membership Dues collected in 2023 – $5,110


            *             International Selkirk Loop

           *             Idaho Association of Museums

            *            Friends of the Restorium – Small Towns, Big Dreams book for silent auction


            *             Support from Boundary County Commissioners and Glenda Poston, County Clerk

            *            Fundraising Dinner/Auction; 2023 Historical Calendar; Small Towns, Big Dreams (814 books have moved out                                 of the building); Gift Shop

            *             Financial donations: individual families; John Sater Estate; Idaho State Grange; Innovia Foundation; Schwab                                    Charitable Foundation; memorials


            *            Final report: “Songs, Poems, and Stories of the Early Idaho Panhandle”

Special Events:

*            Fiber Fest – Demonstrations of spinning, weaving, knitting, etc.; 68 attendees

*            Idaho Day – Serving the People of Boundary County – walking tour of Federal, County, City offices and                                                 buildings – art activity and “Idaho” cookie

*            Story of Edward L. Bonner – slide show and map lesson for fourth grade students

*            School Tours – Fourth grade packets containing: Faces of History, Museum bookmark, pencil, scavenger hunt

            *            Spring into Summer – BFHS Robotics Alpha+ team; Gary Eller, “Songs, Poems, and Stories of the Early Idaho                         Panhandle” – overnight accommodations provided by Northside School B & B

*            “Cemetery on the Hill” Grandview Cemetery Tour – 52 attendees; admission shared with the cemetery                                              association; porta potties provided by KG&T

*            A Night for the Museum – “Movie Night ” theme dinner catered by The Rusty Moose; live auction with                                                 Jeff Sater



*            GROW – Little Free Garden

*            Potted plants provided by Marciavee Cossette

*          Bonners Ferry Herald – “This Week in History” and “From the Archives”

*            Coeur d’Alene Press – Republishing “Anglin’ with Anglen”

*            Bonners Ferry Living Local – Museum feature

*            Idaho State Grange Association – tour of the Museum

*            Bonner-Boundary Cattle Association – dinner and “History of Cattle in the Purcell Trench” program (offsite)

*            General Services Administration – environmental assessment at Porthill, Idaho

Temporary Exhibit:

            *             “People Serving Boundary County” – 4th Grade Artwork – Spring and Summer exhibit (returned to students)

Museum Building Maintenance:

            *             Resealed roof drain over Portrait Hall – BF Builders

            *            New furnace installed in Portrait Hall – Gerald Branscum


Museum Purchases:

            *             Scanner, computer, monitor – designated for digitizing archival materials

            *             Digital camera

            *             Printer/scanner for archives room

            *             Archival boxes for newspapers


Museum Collection:

            *            Donors: 78; Accessions inventoried: 658

            *            Past Perfect Program (objects, photos, books, archival papers): 36,890

            *            Renewal of long-term loan – Kootenai Tribe of Idaho – artifacts on display

Special Interest Donations to the Museum Collection:

            *             Kootenai Tribal artifacts – Annie Patterson Estate

            *             Detroit Grain Scale – Judy Swing in memory of Larry

            *             Moyie Chapter, Order of Eastern Star: Signet, Bible, Seal, Gavel, documents and photos

            *             Two Swift puzzle maps (1919): manufactured by Swift Map Co., Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Museum Statistics:

            *            Volunteers: 39   Volunteer Hours: 2,726 hours

            *            Visitors to Museum: 2,149.5

                        Students- 287/Boundary County- 569/Idaho- 351.5/Out of State- 834/Out of Country- 108

            *            Free Saturdays – June through October, sponsored by “Friends of the Museum”

            *            Admission Fees: $2,325.00   Donations in Donation Box: $1,407.03


The Museum’s mission is achieved through membership dues, community participation and contributions, and the generous support of Boundary County. Appreciation goes out to all who have renewed their 2024 memberships. If you wish to renew, please complete the attached form along with your dues/donation.

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Looking Ahead to 2024…

We look forward to greeting new and returning visitors and tour groups; providing historical and educational programs:

Fiber Fest, History of Cattle, Gary Eller- songs from his Idaho Songs Projects, “Cemetery on the Hill” Part 2, annual dinner and auction, and having all around good fun at the Museum. Hours: Thurs.- Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Watch the website for more updated information and events, and continue to follow the Museum’s Facebook page.



Annual Membership Meeting 2024