1920518_745479425483229_4757093522774628963_nNow on sale at the museum gift shop, A Glorious Field for Sawmills by Nancy Foster Renk chronicles the fascinating history of Humbird Lumber Company and its logging operations here in Bonner County. The company existed in a context of rapidly developing towns, changing rural landscape, and sometimes tumultuous social times. Many local residents earned their livelihood by working for Humbird (perhaps even someone in your family?). Historical photographs from the collection of the Bonner County Historical Society & Museum richly illustrate its story. This book would make a great gift for anyone with an interest in logging, the early development of Bonner County, or the history of northern Idaho. Visit the museum gift shop or call (208) 263-2344(208) 263-2344 to order a copy.

flowers-lilacs-graphicsfairy008April showers bring May flowers, and plenty of other smile-inducing delights:

Saturday, May 3, will be the next ”Free First Saturday” at the Museum, sponsored by the Co-op Country Store. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. you can bring the whole family out to enjoy the Museum without cracking open your wallet–unless, of course, something in the Gift Shop catches your eye! This is a great chance to catch up on our newest exhibits, including 50 Years of Schweitzer  and Digging Into the Past. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 10, is the annual Plant Sale at 8:30 a.m. in Lakeview Park. Come and stock up on green things for your garden!

Wednesday, May 28 will be the Annual Meeting at Pend Oreille Winery at 5:30 p.m. Cash bar, light appetizers will be served.

Check out the latest BCHS Newsletter here.

In 1963, a small ski resort opened on Schweitzer Mountain near Sandpoint, Idaho. Today the thriving resort is considered one of the best ski venues in the country and is a major attraction for visitors and locals alike. Schuss on over to see our newest exhibit, “From Rope-Tow to Stella: 50 Years of Schweitzer,” and view our collection of vintage ski memorabilia representing 50 years of snowy fun! The Museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed 12/21/13 through 1/1/14 for the Christmas and New Year holidays).

We have a winner!

June 29, 2013

Thanks to everyone who helped us reach our goal of 250 “likes” on Facebook! Congratulations go to Anna Protsman, winner of our $50 gift certificate to Trinity at City Beach.Be sure to visit our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute news and discussions.

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June 19, 2013

Visit the Bonner County Historical Society on Facebook!  Like our page and be entered in a drawing to win a fabulous gift certificate from Trinity at City Beach!

If you’re visiting in and around the Sandpoint area this summer, stop by and tour the Museum and see what’s new, and shop for souvenirs in our newly refurbished Museum Shop. We’re located in Lakeview Park (611 S. Ella) in Sandpoint, open Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 4.

On a hot July night in 1923, a shopkeeper in Hope, Idaho, lay dead on the floor after a robbery gone awry. The pursuit and investigation of the suspected killers cracked open a sensational two-month crime spree that spattered blood all across the Inland Northwest and mystified the authorities. In the end, one man would face the hangman’s noose.

In this true crime story, Dale Selle painstakingly researched the life of one of the most notorious outlaws in Pacific Northwest history. Along with his sidekicks, Mike Donnelly’s life of crime and punishment crossed four states and spanned more than forty years. He left a trail of robbery, shootings, and murder and would stop at nothing to evade capture.

Pick up your copy of HUNTED today at the Bonner County Museum. You can also mail a request to the Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella, Sandpoint, ID 83864, or phone 208-263-2344 to order with a credit card.

HUNTED by Dale Selle
220 pages, paper
ISBN: 978-0-9850554-0-0
$18.00 (includes tax).
Shipping: $6.00 for the first book, $1.00 each additional book.
Published by the Bonner County Historical Society

Lake Pend Oreille taken from the International Space Station by John L. PhillipsAll of these photographs were taken by NASA Astronaut John Phillips from the International Space Station using a KODAK DSC760 camera with a 180 mm lens. They are high resolution JPEG.

The photos are identified by their NASA photo numbers:

ISS011E13607: Lake Pend Oreille on 26 September 2005 at 17:54:50 GMT

ISS011E13608: Priest Lake on 26 September 2005 at 17:54:54 GMT

ISS011E13126: Spokane on 15 September 2005 at 22:45:40 GMT

ISS011E13606: Coeur d’Alene Lake on 26 September 2005 at 17:54:45 GMT

ISS011E13610: Flathead Lake on 26 September 2005 at 17:55:05 GMT

These photographs are provided by NASA for public use.  No copyright may be claimed on these photographs.  For details on NASA photo use policy, see the following url: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/features/MP_Photo_Guidelines.html

To search the NASA photo database yourself, try the following url:


The International Space Station orbits Earth at a typical altitude of 400 km, with an orbital period of 91 minutes.  A viewer looking straight down from ISS can see a field of view corresponding to a medium-sized U.S.state. 

John L. Phillips, Ph.D., NASA Astronaut (retired)

John L. Phillips, Ph.D., NASA Astronaut (retired)

John L. Phillips, Ph.D., will give a free presentation this Saturday, February 4, at 1:00 PM at the Sandpoint Community Hall. He will show images featuring the Earth-observation catalog of International Space Station Expedition 11 from April to October of 2005. Characteristic views of land, oceans, the atmosphere, and the night sky will be shown. Phillips will discuss the fallacies and realities of viewing man-made objects from Earth orbit. Highlights will include hurricanes and typhoons of summer 2005, images of regions that are remote but visually striking, and charismatic views of northern Idaho and the Inland Northwest.

Dr. Phillips holds a Ph.D. in space physics from UCLA. He served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot and worked as a scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was principal investigator for the plasma experiment on the Ulysses spacecraft as it flew over the poles of the Sun.  He has authored over 150 scientific publications.

In 1996 Dr. Phillips was selected by NASA as an astronaut.  He has flown into space three times:  in 2001 aboard STS-100, space shuttle Endeavour; in 2005 on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a six-month stay on the International Space Station; in 2009 on STS-119, space shuttle Discovery.  He was assigned in 2009 as the NASA Chair Professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, teaching classes on the space environment.  Dr. Phillips retired from NASA in 2011 and now lives in northern Idaho.

The presentation is being sponsored by the Coeur du Deluge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, the Bonner County Historical Museum, and the City of Sandpoint.