Historical Society preparing centennial celebration
BLACKFOOT — Stepping into the Bingham County Historical Societies (BCHS) new location is like stepping into a time machine. Black and white photos line the walls and shelves. Unknown faces from the past stare blankly shouting out stories of their history. People enjoying a day at the Eastern Idaho State fair, an old drugstore with various commodities stacked floor to ceiling, an ice cream parlor- all part of Bingham County's rich history.
Wednesday, April 18, the Bingham County Historical Society will be celebrating a Centennial Celebration. The BCHS new location known as the Standrod Bank, built in 1912 will be 100 years old. To celebrate the event, speaker Jim Johnston from the Idaho State Historical Society will share his thoughts.
Copper Quist offered his services along with other members of his boy scout troop to help prepare the building. Quist has been scraping the walls down in the basement in preparation for painting as well as moving books that came from the original Bingham County Courthouse. Quist will be performing the service as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
The BCHS has been moved around from place to place in the past and is hopeful that they have finally found a more permanent home to share the important history of Bingham County. The historic Standrod Bank building is the perfect place to preserve and store the history of Bingham County. The original vault is still intact and in use at the BCHS Gallery. Trudy Kirkpatrick, historian, said "We'd like to get people in here to see what we have. It is an asset to our downtown- having it here and having it this visible to the community." The Bingham County Historical Society urges the community to go through their old photos and personal histories and share them with the society. The Celebration will take place from 5 -7 p.m. at 3 N W Main in Blackfoot. Attendees will also have the opportunity that evening to tour the Bunting/Standrod Bank just down the street at 75 N W Main. Current owner Matt Parris will discuss and show some interesting details about the 117-year-old building and vault. Normal working hours for the Gallery are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m.
This celebration is funded by a grant from Bingham Memorial Hospital. It is also supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based Program of the National
Endowment for the Humanities.Also available for a $12 donation will be the new book, Memories of Bingham County, compiled by BCHS members Lois Bates, Trudy Kirkpatrick and Cloris Brown.