Historical Society displays traveling Idaho history exhibit

The Bingham County Historical Society in Blackfoot is the first in the state to feature the Idaho State Historical Society's traveling exhibit. The exhibit is an eight-screen panel display featuring photos and descriptions of 27 pivotal years (1863-1890) in Idaho's history, including a piece on famous anti-Mormon activist Fred T. Dubois, who was from Blackfoot.
"We have never had a state exhibit in Blackfoot before," said the Bingham County Historical Society's Trudy Kirkpatrick. "We hope everyone will stop in and see this remarkable display and learn more about Idaho's history during the 150th year of Idaho becoming a territory."
This being Idaho's Sesquicentennial year, Kirkpatrick said visitors viewing the display will leave with a better understanding of the definition of a territory, how Idaho became a territory, national policies and territories, and the people who established Idaho territory.
Kirkpatrick said the Bingham County Historical Society will be closed on Friday from noon to 3 p.m. while the "Party of the Century" triple celebration is taking place at the Idaho Potato Museum in celebration of the historical society's 30th anniversary, the Idaho Potato Museum's 25th anniversary and the old train depot building's 100th anniversary.
"We hope that after the party is over, that everyone will come across the street to see this exhibit," she said. "Plus, there's a lot of great old photos of people, places and things from Bingham County's past that are so fun to look through."
Kirkpatrick also encourages the schools to bring the students who are studying Idaho history to see the exhibit.
"We are so lucky to get this exhibit here," said Kirkpatrick. "I hope that we are able to get more exhibits here in the future."
The state exhibit will be on display in Blackfoot through Sept. 13. The Bingham County Historical Society is open Wednesday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call 785-3316 or 785-9906.