Our Sponsors

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.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Education

For over 30 years, the Bonner County History Museum has been  offering FREE school tours for the students of   Bonner County.  Unfortunately, only 3 of the 14 schools in the district regularly visit the museum for school tours, with the cost of transportation often being the barrier to their visits.

Our goal is to give each 4th grade student in the district the chance to visit the museum. 

They will be exposed to a diversity of ideas, peoples, places, and time periods – providing students with a new understanding of  their own time and place.

Museum School Tours

The guided tours for K-12 students are led by docents and provide memorable, immersive learning experiences and provoke imagination while introducing unknown worlds and subject matter.

Annual Sponsorship fee for one school tour: $350.00  (Includes transportation to and from museum, snacks, interactive learning experience, and customized student tour)

  • Sponsor benefits include:
  • Sponsorship recognition in relevant marketing, brochures, press releases, and signage at events
  • Sponsorship listing on donor wall, website, social media and member newsletter
  • Free guest passes and invitations to special events, exhibition openings, and member only events

Traveling Trunks

Built on the concept of engaging students in primary sources, traveling trunks supplement textbooks in new and exciting ways. Each trunk contains hands-on objects, maps, artifacts, primary source documents, and lesson plans which provide an exciting exploration into various parts of history and locations throughout Bonner County.

Annual Sponsorship fee for one trunk (travels to up to 14 schools): $100.00

  • Sponsor benefits include:
  • Sponsorship recognition in relevant marketing, brochures, press releases, and signage at events
  • Sponsorship listing on donor wall, website, social media and member newsletter
  • Free guest passes and invitations to special events, exhibition openings, and member only events

Become an Education Sponsor!

Education Sponsorships



 

Exhibits

Exhibit sponsors are crucial to the high-quality permanent and temporary exhibitions for which the museum is known. Through our exhibits we illuminate the past which has shaped the area in which we live, and highlight key aspects of the present which affect our daily lives.  As a sponsor, you will be given recognition through a carefully curated recognition space in the exhibit.

Permanent Exhibit Sponsorship: $500  Permanent exhibits include David Thompson and the Fur  Trade, From Forest to Field, and Guardians of the Forest

Temporary Exhibit Sponsorship: $250 Temporary exhibits are rotated twice annually and include such blockbusters as Once Upon a Time and the Dark Side of Bonner County

Permanent Gallery Sponsorship: $1,000  For The Early Years, Industry and Early Sandpoint  galleries

  • Sponsorship benefits for exhibits or galleries include:
  • Logo/naming placement in connection with exhibitions, special events, and galleries
  • Sponsorship recognition in relevant marketing, brochures, press releases, and signage at events
  • Private, curator-led tours of exhibitions
  • Sponsorship listing on donor wall, website, social media and newsletter
  • Free guest passes and discounts in gift shop
  • Invitations to special events, exhibition openings, and member only events

Become an Exhibit Sponsor!

Exhibit Sponsorship



 

Movies in the Park

The Bonner County History Museum, Pine Street Dental and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation present the annual   Movies in the Park series, a free community event celebrating family fun under the stars in Lakeview Park. This safe, family-friendly event is open to everyone.

This event series was attended by over 2,500 individuals in 2017, and that number will continue to grow. Marketing efforts for this event reached over 18,000 individuals in 2017.

General Event Sponsorship: $250

  • Sponsorship benefits include:
  • Recognition in pre-show entertainment at all 4 movies
  • Sponsorship recognition in relevant marketing, brochures, press releases, and signage at events
  • Sponsorship listing on donor wall, website, social media and member newsletter
  • Free guest passes and invitations to special events, exhibition openings, and member only events

Concession Sponsorship: $350

  • Sponsorship benefits include:
  • Recognition in pre-show entertainment at all 4 movies and banner space at the concessions tent
  • Sponsorship recognition in relevant marketing, brochures, press releases, and signage at events
  • Sponsorship listing on donor wall, website, social media and member newsletter
  • Free guest passes and invitations to special events, exhibition openings, and member only events

Become a Movies in the Park Sponsor!

Sponsor Movies in the Park



 

 

Membership

2017 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 hugely successful Once Upon a Time In Bonner County.
  • Finish the conservation and restoration of the Caboose and open it as a full time exhibit.
  • Provide school tours and programs to over 500 students.
  • Host our first Drink in History pub crawl.

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, 2018 will be even better. In addition to continuing our established programs we will also:

  • Present our third annual Movie in the Park and offer more exciting events.
  • Design new and revamp existing exhibits.
  • Create educational programs for our exhibits including the Traveling Trunks project.
  • Continue to bring you exciting new merchandise eligible for your member discount.

 

Become a member:

Members at all levels receive:

  • Free admission to the museum and 2 guest passes
  • 10% discount in the museum gift shop (except consignment merchandise)
  • Invitations to exclusive Members Only events and priority notices and early-ticketing for upcoming BCHS-sponsored events, including our sell-out History Mystery and Tea Party
  • Copy of the quarterly newsletter and members-only updates on what’s going on at the museum

Become a Member!

Pick Your Level



Donations


Experience:

$25 Senior

$30 Individual

$40 Dual   (membership benefits for 2 people)

$50 Household (membership benefits for up to 4 people)

 

Expand:

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 Businessincludes  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:

Education

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.

Fundraising/Membership/Grants

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.

Marketing/Events

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.

Memorials

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.

In memory of


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.



Bequests

Please contact your Certified Public Accountant for information about making a bequest to the Historical Society.

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