The Bonner County Historical Society is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization which depends on the generosity of those who recognize the importance of saving our county, community, and family histories. Your contribution to the Society is tax-deductible.
Below are some of the ways in which you can take an active role to preserve our county’s history and help provide quality historical programming for all ages.
Sponsor an Event:
2016 Membership enabled us to accomplish so much, including:
- Continue our Free First Saturday program, and safe Trick-or-Treating, both of which saw increases in attendance over last year.
- Present engaging exhibits, including the final installment of our “Tales from the Wardrobe” series, more “History in the Making,” two mini-exhibits, and three new exhibits which open on October 15, 2016.
- Provide school tours and programs to over 500 students.
- Host our second annual Afternoon Tea, our second annual “History Mystery”, and introduce our “Late Nights at the Museum” event series.
We are proud of what we were able to do this past year, and we could not have done it without our wonderful members! With continued support, 2017 will be even better. In addition to continuing our established programs we will also:
- Finish conservation and restoration of the Caboose, with the hope of offering it as an event space by the end of the year.
- Present our third annual History Mystery, and our second annual Movie in the Park
- Design new exhibits, and begin work to create educational programs for our exhibits
- Continue to bring you exciting new merchandise eligible for your member discount.
Become a member:
Members at all levels receive:
$40 Dual (membership benefits for 2 people)
$50 Household (membership benefits for up to 4 people)
Our “Expand” level members also receive a reciprocal membership with over 300 other museums through the Time Travelers program, www.timetravelers.mohistory.org
$150 Free First Saturday (FFS) — Each FFS member will sponsor the Museum being open FREE to the public one Saturday during the year. Includes recognition as the sponsor of your Saturday on the museum website & newsletter, in one 1/2 page ad in a Co-Op Country Round-up newspaper, and in all FFS marketing materials.
$250 Associate — includes two additional guest passes
$350 Business — includes logo recognition on lobby sponsor panel, museum website, in one 1/2 page ad in a Co-Op Country Round-up newspaper, brochure/business card space in museum, and a sponsor profile in one quarterly newsletter.
$500 Benefactor — includes two additional guest passes. A portion of fund from Benefactor Memberships will sponsor an annual 7B Museum Day, offering FREE admission to any resident of Bonner County.
All members have the satisfaction of knowing that they share in the stewardship of our collective local memory.** Your gift may be tax deductible on your federal tax return. Also, if you pay Idaho income taxes, you may be eligible for additional tax credits for a contribution to an educational institution. Please consult your tax adviser.
Donate Your Time…Become A Volunteer
The Bonner County History Museum relies on volunteers of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and levels of experience to accomplish its mission. In order to continue to document, preserve, and interpret local history, we need you help on such projects as compiling genealogical records, answering research requests, conducting an inventory of artifacts, working at the front-desk, scanning and cataloging photographs, and indexing the oral history collection.Volunteering can be a regular weekly commitment, or can involve specific, activities like the annual plant sale, researching and creating an exhibit or a short article for the newsletter on a particular piece of local history. Volunteers are also needed to conduct oral history interviews.You can also consider joining one of our committees:
The BCHS Education Committee collaborates with Museum staff to create high-quality educational programs for the Museum and to build relationships between educators, the museum and the community. The Committee helps to ensure that Museum programs and tours present meaningful, relevant and accurate information to visitors in a developmentally and culturally appropriate way. Education programs are designed to appeal to teens, students, families, adults, and visitors with disabilities.
This committee works with museum staff to maintain, promote and grow BCHS fundraising opportunities through an annual recruitment drive, targeted markets and events, and monthly programs. The committee will also help maintain membership and sponsorship recruitment materials (such as brochures and application forms), ensure prompt follow-up for new and renewed members, and ensure membership forms are available at targeted community and society events. This committee also works with staff to research, develop and write potential grants.
With an overall goal of increasing awareness and visitation, the purpose of the this Committee is to assist in maintaining the museum’s web site and social media sites, creating and distributing all marketing materials, assisting in furthering the museum’s brand, educating the public of museum exhibits, programs and events, as well as supporting all fundraising projects. Additionally, this committee will work with museum staff to create a comprehensive annual fundraising event plan including goals/desired outcomes and theme of each event.If you would like to join our volunteer staff, please contact the Museum at 263-2344 for more information.
Donate Your History
The Museum gratefully accepts donations of artifacts and documents that have an historical connection to Bonner County. We also encourage you to contribute your family history related to Bonner County, which can take the form of an interview with a family elder, family documents, photographs, or a written history. For more information regarding donations, see our donation guidelines.Before you bring in your valued history, please print out our Temporary Custody Receipt and bring it in.If you have a photograph or document of historical interest, but would rather not donate it, we have the equipment to make copies so that your original can be returned to you.
Memorial donations are a wonderful way to honor a family member or friend. In acknowledgement of your gift, the Society will send a letter to the family of the person being remembered and it will also be added to the register of memorials in the Museum. Unless otherwise specified by the donor, memorial donations are added to the Historical Society’s endowment fund.
The Society has an endowment fund which is managed by the Idaho Community Foundation. Principal added to the fund remains in perpetuity and the interest earned is used to fund annual operating expense and programs of the Museum. Donations to the fund can be made to the Bonner County Historical Society or sent directly to the Idaho Community Foundation with a notation that it is for the Bonner County Historical Society Fund.
Please contact your Certified Public Accountant for information about making a bequest to the Historical Society.