Proceeds from all sales in the Museum Gift Shop helps to support the Museum’s preservation efforts, exhibits, and many educational programs throughout the year. The gift shop carries local, regional, and Idaho history titles, general historical interest publications, jewelry, household gifts note cards, and more. Stop in and check out the gift shop for a full selection of merchandise, or shop a few of our published books below.
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Today the forested mountains and beautiful lakes of northern Idaho attract visitors and locals in search of recreation and adventure. More than a century ago, lumbermen were drawn to these same resources for opportunity and profit. By the early 1900s, sawmills dotted the northern shores of Lake Pend Oreille and continued down the Pend Oreille River, from Clark Fork in the east to Newport in the west.
The most prominent of these local mills was the Humbird Lumber Company. Operating for more than three decades, the company encompassed large sawmills in Sandpoint, Kootenai, and Newport (now known as Oldtown); 200,000 acres of timberland; close to one hundred houses in three towns; two company stores; and a bank. The company even built an athletic field and sponsored a winning baseball team.
A Glorious Field for Sawmills chronicles the fascinating history of Humbird Lumber Company and its logging operations. The company existed in a context of rapidly developing towns, changing rural landscape, and sometimes tumultuous social times. Historical photographs from the collections of the Bonner County Historical Society & Museum in Sandpoint richly illustrate its story.
About the author: In a career spanning more than forty years, historian Nancy Foster Renk has worked throughout Idaho, Montana, and Washington. In addition to published articles and many contracted reports, she wrote Driving Past: Historical Tours of Bonner County (2014). She received the Esto Perpetua award from the Idaho State Historical Society in 2010 in recognition of her contributions to the preservation of Idaho history. She lives in Sandpoint, Idaho.
| A Glorious Field for Sawmills: Humbird Lumber Company, 1900-1948
Nancy Foster Renk
144 pages, paper. Includes photographs, maps, endnotes, and index.
$14.95 retail (plus tax and shipping).
Published 2014 by the Bonner County Historical Society and Idaho Transportation Department
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.
About the author: In a career spanning more than forty years, historian Nancy Foster Renk has worked throughout Idaho, Montana, and Washington. In addition to published articles and many contracted reports, she wrote A Glorious Field for Sawmills: Humbird Lumber Company, 1900-1948 (2014). She received the Esto Perpetua award from the Idaho State Historical Society in 2010 in recognition of her contributions to the preservation of Idaho history. She lives in Sandpoint, Idaho.
| Driving Past: Tours of Historical Sites in Bonner County, Idaho
Nancy Foster Renk
379 pages, paper, with photographs, maps, endnotes, and index.
ISBN-10: 0985055421, ISBN-13: 978-0-9850554-2-4
$19.95 retail (plus tax and shipping)
Published 2014 by the Bonner County Historical Society, Inc.
On a hot July night in 1923, a shopkeeper in Hope, Idaho, lay dead on the floor after a robbery went awry. The pursuit and investigation of the suspected killers cracked open a sensational two-month crime spree that left blood spattered across all of the Inland Northwest and mystified the authorities. In the end, one man would face the hangman’s noose.
In this true crime story, Dale Selle painstakingly researched the life of one of the most notorious outlaws in Pacific Northwest history. Along with his sidekicks, Mike Donnelly’s life of crime and punishment crossed four states and spanned more than forty years. He left a trail of robbery, shootings, and murder, and he stopped at nothing to evade capture.
About the author: Dale Selle (1939-2007) was raised beside Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho. He received a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Idaho and an M.A. degree in Education of Exceptional Children from San Francisco State University. He taught at secondary schools in Washington and Idaho from 1967 until his retirement in 1984.
Dale’s lifelong interest was historical research pertaining to northern Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, and he pursued this with exacting detail. After he retired from teaching, he became a dedicated volunteer at the Bonner County Historical Society and served on its Board of Trustees. In almost two decades of volunteering at the museum, he authored many articles and added a wealth of new information to its archive with his original research.
220 pages, paper. Includes photographs, maps, references, and index.
ISBN-10: 0985055405, ISBN-13: 978-0-9850554-0-0
$16.95 retail (plus tax and shipping).
Published 2012 by the Bonner County Historical Society, Inc.
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