Bonner County Museum’s Programs & Events are a great way to add to your history experience.
Upcoming Events & Programs
Free First Saturday at the Museum
The first Saturday of each month is FREE to the public.
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
June 3: Generously Sponsored by Judith Gaudet. This will be a very special Free First Saturday as we open our new exhibit, “Once Upon a Time in Bonner County” An Enchanted Afternoon, with activities for families will take place from 12:00 -3:00 p.m. and Welcome to the Rabbit Hole, with more grown up fun, will take place from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.
July 1: Generously Sponsored by Hay’s Chevron, in Clark Fork
August 5: Generously Sponsored by The Co-Op Country Store. 8:00 a.m.- noon
September 2: Generously Sponsored by Robert & Marian Rust
Please note that the museum will be closed on July 4 as we celebrate Independence Day
Educational Opportunities for Local Schools – The Bonner County History Museum is committed to using its unique resources and growing collection to offer learning opportunities designed to make history come alive! Listed below are a few current and future programs we do/will offer. If you don’t see something that fits your needs, feel free to contact us – We would love to meet with you to discuss any ideas you have.
- School Tours – Self guided or docent led options available throughout the year and are always free. (Upcoming additions to school tours – more hands on activities to accompany the tours – i.e. what was it like for a homesteading family? Students can try washing clothes on a wash board, or vacuuming with a hand-pump vacuum).
- Idaho Archeology Kit – Designed by graduate students from the archeology team that participated in the Sandpoint Byway dig. The kit can be checked out from the museum, on a first come first served basis (FREE of charge). Suitable for grade levels 4+. Can be utilized as a 1 week – 6 week program.
- Many of the lesson plans are adaptations of established archeology lesson plans. Adaptations are based on testing of the lessons in the classroom and incorporating Idaho history, social studies/culture, geography and archeology.
- Artifacts included in the kit are from ITD’s Sandpoint Archeology Project. The sites that were excavated include a prehistoric trade and fishing area, a historic Chinese home-business, the historic Pend d’Oreille Hotel, a historic blacksmith/machine shop, a historic boarding house privy, numerous historic small businesses, a historic dancehall, and Sandpoint’s restricted district.
- History To Go – Bring the museum into your classroom! These classroom-based programs will use artifacts from our collections to illuminate the past. All programs can be aligned with Idaho curriculum standards.
- Student Historian Internship Program – Designed for high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12, the Student Historian Internship Program will be a comprehensive internship and youth development program that gives students vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of Bonner County history. Through object and inquiry-based learning, students broaden their academic perspective, increase their confidence in professional settings, and enhance their knowledge of fulfilling careers in the museum world.
- Collection-based research – studying geology? Textiles? Agriculture? Art? Why not use the museum’s collections for hands-on research?
Walking & Driving Tours
Download the attached PDF and take a stroll through historic downtown Sandpoint. Most of the structures on the tour date from Sandpoint’s building boom between 1900 and 1920, with a few others from the late 1920s and 1930s.
The tour was written by Lorlea Hudson and Nancy Foster Renk in 1983, and revised in 1991. The project was supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council and the Bonner County Centennial Committee.
Bonner County, tucked into the far northern part of the Idaho Panhandle, has a long and fascinating history. It is a ruggedly beautiful area that includes vibrant small towns set in a landscape of mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes.
Driving Past tells the stories of the people and events that have shaped Bonner County over the centuries. Each of the stops on the tours provides information connected with a specific place or area. Some of the stories are a single paragraph, often linking the name of a homesteader to a well-known landmark. Other entries are longer, such as the ones telling about the mining scandal at Garfield Bay or construction of Farragut Naval Training Station. These individual stories, taken together, provide a history of the county as a whole.
Driving Past contains sixteen separate tours, laid out along all of the main highways and many of the secondary roads as well. The drives can be done individually or they can be combined with other tours to form a loop. Each tour contains a map and each stop includes driving directions, mileages, and GPS coordinates. The book is generously illustrated with historic photographs from the extensive collections of the Bonner County Historical Society.
The book can be purchased from the Museum gift shop and at many sellers around Bonner County. Or you can order your copy today.