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Idaho Day 2019 is Coming!

On March 4th, 2019, a Monday, again at the Colonial Theater, we will present "Downtown Memories" of Idaho Falls as an example of the 2019 Idaho Day State theme: "My Town, Idaho". While there are many towns in Bonneville county, Downtown Idaho Falls was chosen because it has been the place for many people in smaller towns "to go to town" for shopping and entertainment. The growth, decline, and revival of Idaho Falls downtown district will be reviewed in stories and pictures.

We will continue our efforts to involve our youth in the study or our history and heritage by offering student contests with cash prizes. The winners will be announced at the event! The contests include map drawings, music, artistic creations, and a variety of writings. The intent of the variety of contests is to give all students an opportunity to demonstrate a skill and participate. There are contests for a Junior Division (Grades 4) and a Senior Division (Grades 7-12). Contest entries will be displayed during the Idaho Day Celebration event. Some contest winners may be invited to perform during the event.

A ".ZIP" file containing 22 Word documents with the descriptions and the scoring rubrics for the various contests can be downloaded here.

Mark your calendar for our March 4th event, and come enjoy this view into our past


Our previous Treasures Tour

For September 2018 was "IDAHO REMEMBERS THE VIETNAM WAR"
on Saturday, September 8th, 2018. at Freeman Park.


Idaho Day 2018 is past

Celebrated March 5th, 2018, a Monday, at the Colonial Theater. The 2018 program stressed patriotism, and honored Eastern Idaho support for our nation during World War I. It was well attended, and deeply felt. Click to read the Flyer [PDF]. Click to view the 12-minute video produced for this event.


Our Rose Hill Cemetery Treasure Tours were a success

Held at Rose Hill Cemetery on September 9th and October 7, 2017, they drew about 150 attendees.
They began at the flag pole near the bridge crossing the canal on the southeast side (within the cemetery by markers OP 10 and OP 11), and included activities across the oldest section of the cemetery.

Speakers featured a history of the cemetery and biographical information about nine of the prominent citizens buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Information was also available on over 20 other graves of historical interest.

If you missed them, see the next item, below, or read the handouts here here.


Are You Feeling Social?

by Jessica Donnelly

If you're like most people these days, you're probably confused by all the social media options out there! Who can keep track? And do we really need to know what our friends and family ate for breakfast? The answer might surprise you when you consider they are a fun and social way to preserve memories.

Social media is a powerful tool because of the ease it keeps us in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues. Distance becomes less of a problem when your loved ones are a click away! Social media is also interesting for another, less obvious reason. It also is a way to preserve our own personal histories. Part of the fun is looking back and preserving all those precious moments we may have otherwise forgotten. It is a photo of a happy summer day or a particularly good book you enjoyed. It's even that special dish we successfully cooked and were proud about. It's our daily lives that we share with social media and those are our stories. You can look back and enjoy these snapshots of your life because they are the moments big and small.

If you are new to social media, there are many options to choose from. Facebook allows you to have a profile and post updates and photos to friends and families. It also allows you to follow pages of businesses and organizations you are interested in. (Be sure to check out BCHA on Facebook if you decide to join us!) Instagram, a photosharing social media platform, allows you to keep a record of all your moments in visual form. It's these new digital technologies that we often think are perhaps frivolous, but can be powerful in preserving our own life stories.

Bonneville County Heritage Association's mission is to preserve our heritage and collect memories of the lovely place we call home. As digital technologies continue to become a part of daily life, we are so excited to embrace new methods of historical preservation. As we, and our members, work to preserve the important legacy of Bonneville County, we also look forward to sharing those precious moments and personal histories of our community.

Be sure to visit us on Facebook for events, Idaho trivia, and share your own personal Bonneville treasures!


If there is any BCHA website content you wish to see added or changed, contact Dave Nipper (the webmaster) or any member of the Board.


Links to items of interest:

The Bonneville County Historical Society Webpage
The Idaho State Historical Society
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Coming Events Calendar:


The November Meeting of the BCHA Board
has been Canceled [or 'cancelled' for rightpondians]


The Next Meeting of the BCHA Board
will be at 12:15 P.M. on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019. Meet at Dixie's Diner, 2150 Channing Way.


Idaho Day 2019
Monday, March 4, 2019 will be Idaho Day. Look forward to "Downtown Memories"!




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