BLACKFOOT — The Idaho Potato Museum has been nominated for the Hampton Hotels Save-a-Landmark program and could win a substantial grant to help restore the museum.
The money would be used to restore the potato bar in the museum to bring back fresh “taters for out-of-staters.”
Potato Museum Director Rebecca Price said they have been wanting to restore the potato bar, which was a popular feature of the museum.
“We would use it to restore the restaurant,” Price said. “We’re still trying to reopen that.”
The Idaho Potato Museum, located in the former Oregon Short Line Railroad Depot, showcases the evolution of the potato industry including history, the growing and harvesting process, nutrition and potato facts. The depot was built in 1912.
In addition to reopening the potato bar, the museum will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. beginning Nov. 20 to accommodate weekend travelers.
Since 2000, Hampton Hotels has been preserving historic, cultural and fun landmarks in the United States, Canada and Mexico through the Save-A-Landmark program. Hampton considers historical and cultural importance as well as city and wacky landmarks.
Individuals can vote for the Idaho Potato Museum through the end of the month by visiting www.hamptonlandmarks.com . The winner will be announced Dec. 2.
Other Idaho landmarks in the competition include the Rock Creek Station and Stricker home site near Twin Falls and The Romance Theater in Rexburg.