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Sixth Annual Treasures Tour

On Sept. 10 the Bonneville County Heritage Association will host its sixth annual Treasures Tour, and this year's event will highlight experiences, innovations and landmarks significant to the Idaho Falls' greenbelt area. Click for Invitation [PDF].

Presentations will be:

10 a.m. - David Nipper will present "Greenbelt in the Past," in the Idaho Falls Library Conference Room. A River History guide will be given to attendees. The tour will then proceed to the lower deck of Sportsman Park, where BCHA board members will make further presentations:

11:30 a.m. - Former Idaho legislator Linden Bateman will present "Native American Life and Early Pioneer Settlements in Idaho."

12:30 p.m. - Joe Stewart will present "Early Transportation and Water."

1 p.m. - Davidjohn Stosich will present "Circus Stories."

1:30 p.m. - Susan Mardis will present "Canal History."

Following the presentations, attendees are invited to walk the greenbelt and, using the map as a guide, identify areas corresponding with each presentation.


Are You Feeling Social?

by Jessica Donnelly

If you're like most people these days, you're probably confused by all the social media options out there! Who can keep track? And do we really need to know what our friends and family ate for breakfast? The answer might surprise you when you consider they are a fun and social way to preserve memories.

Social media is a powerful tool because of the ease it keeps us in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues. Distance becomes less of a problem when your loved ones are a click away! Social media is also interesting for another, less obvious reason. It also is a way to preserve our own personal histories. Part of the fun is looking back and preserving all those precious moments we may have otherwise forgotten. It is a photo of a happy summer day or a particularly good book you enjoyed. It's even that special dish we successfully cooked and were proud about. It's our daily lives that we share with social media and those are our stories. You can look back and enjoy these snapshots of your life because they are the moments big and small.

If you are new to social media, there are many options to choose from. Facebook allows you to have a profile and post updates and photos to friends and families. It also allows you to follow pages of businesses and organizations you are interested in. (Be sure to check out BCHA on Facebook if you decide to join us!) Instagram, a photosharing social media platform, allows you to keep a record of all your moments in visual form. It's these new digital technologies that we often think are perhaps frivolous, but can be powerful in preserving our own life stories.

Bonneville County Heritage Association's mission is to preserve our heritage and collect memories of the lovely place we call home. As digital technologies continue to become a part of daily life, we are so excited to embrace new methods of historical preservation. As we, and our members, work to preserve the important legacy of Bonneville County, we also look forward to sharing those precious moments and personal histories of our community.

Be sure to visit us on Facebook for events, Idaho trivia, and share your own personal Bonneville treasures!


"Idaho Day 2016 is over"

Friday, March 4, 2016 was Idaho Day across the State. The event was celebrated in Bonneville County in the Civic Auditorium in Idaho Falls, sponsored by the Bonneville County Heritage Association (BCHA). Idaho Day 2015, sponsored by the Bonneville County Heritage Association (BCHA) is now a part of history. Read about it on the 2015 Idaho Day page.


"Historic Bonneville County, a Centennial History" by Mary Jane Fritzen is for sale at the Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Idaho gift shop, and at some bookstores.


If there is any BCHA website content you wish to see added or changed, contact Dave Nipper (the webmaster) or any member of the Board.


Links to items of interest:

The Bonneville County Historical Society Webpage
The Idaho State Historical Society
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Coming Events Calendar:


Sixth Annual Treasures Tour - SEPT. 10
This year's tour begins at 10 a.m. in the Idaho Falls Library Conference Room with a program entitled "Greenbelt in the Past," by BCHA board member David Nipper, who will also distribute a map to attendees. The tour will then proceed to the lower deck of Sportsman Park, where BCHA board members will make various presentations.
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Next Meeting of the BCHA Board
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