Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Minidoka County Historical Society Inc

  • Rupert, ID
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Minidoka County Historical Society is to inspire conservation of the rich history and land of Minidoka County, Idaho.

Main Programs

  1. Live Idaho History Day
  2. Newsletter
  3. Lecture Program

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Service Areas

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National

Nationally, among our collections we have a number of items that were once used at the Minidoka Dam, which was a Bureau of Reclamation project in 1905 to settle the West. This project drew settlers to this area to homestead.

Locally, our collections of fossils from the Ice Age, Native American artifacts, Union Pacific Railroad memorabilia and train cars, and pioneer objects and stories educate our visitors about the history of our area and how our county developed from a vast unforgiving desert into lush farm ground and grazing lands.

ruling year

1972

President of the Board of Directors since 2009

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Gus Bryngelson

Vice-President since 2012

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Tom Goodman

Keywords

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Conservation, History, Minidoka, Pioneer, Reclamation, Oregon Trail, Homestead, Fossils, Ice Age, Union Pacific Railroad, Native Americans, Snake River,

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EIN

82-0344610

 Number

7499242300

Physical Address

99 East Baseline

Rupert, ID 83350

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Program 1

Live Idaho History Day

Hands-on experience stations for local fourth grade students as a capstone experience at the end of their year of Idaho History. Schools provide supplies for their students.

Students learn how pioneers milked cows, and made butter, bread, and jam. They card wool and spin yarn. They learn to operate a hand crank bean sorter, and watch a corn grinder make corn flour. They also watch how fire is made without the use of a lighter or combustible fluid.

When possible, they have an opportunity to watch a blacksmith work. They take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon and learn how to make corn husk dolls and reed whistles.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

0.00

Program 2

Newsletter

Monthly Publications mailed to members and visitors who leave their email addresses in the Guest Register

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

600.00

Program 3

Lecture Program

On the third Thursday of each month, except during July and August, a one hour lecture is offered free to the public. Lectures are usually given by local experts, university professors, and state Bureau of Reclamation experts.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

0.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Nationally, among our collections we have a number of items that were once used at the Minidoka Dam, which was a Bureau of Reclamation project in 1905 to settle the West. This project drew settlers to this area to homestead.

Locally, our collections of fossils from the Ice Age, Native American artifacts, Union Pacific Railroad memorabilia and train cars, and pioneer objects and stories educate our visitors about the history of our area and how our county developed from a vast unforgiving desert into lush farm ground and grazing lands.

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Minidoka County Historical Society Inc

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President of the Board of Directors

Gus Bryngelson

Vice-President

Tom Goodman

BIO

Gus Bryngelson is a native of Minidoka County and farms near the small town of Minidoka. He is also a charter member of the Minidoka County Historical Society and the president of its board of directors, the Minidoka County Historical Society Museum's governing body.

Gus manages the museum's military displays and supplements the World War I and World War II displays with his own collections. He drives his refurbished and slightly modified World War I ambulance to the museum on Live History Day to show groups of elementary and high school students.

His book, Evacuation Ambulance Company #8 in World War One: From the Diaries and Letters of Mechanic Frank K. Frankenfield, was released in October 2015 with the help of his wife and co-author MagDalene Bryngelson.

Gus travels the United States to participate in antique gun shows as well as to display his military uniform collection.

As a Scout Master, he enjoys working with his local Scouts.

STATEMENT FROM THE President of the Board of Directors

"We envision a world in which the lands are healthy, and the people are committed to protecting the integrity of Earth's natural systems, which sustain us all. To help make this vision a reality, we create exhibits, programs, and publications that introduce people from all walks of life to the wonders of The Bureau of Reclamation claiming a desert.

Stewardship begins with inspiration, and we offer enjoyable and enlightening experiences to share our past and inspire a love and understanding of farm life during the 20th Century. Effective conservation efforts have their roots in the understanding of human experience and promoting study of cultural values. We work to advanse concervation and preservation.

We seek to acquire and preserve our collections and improve their documentation and accessibility, by helping people discover their connection with authentic objects, stories, and lives from America's traditions of integrity, resourcefulness, and innovation."

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BOARD CHAIR

Gus Bryngelson

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