Good News/Bad News

We wanted to share with everyone some reasons for a few changes you are going to be seeing at the museum this season.  We received some bad news from our visiting architects that inspect our buidings.  The new location of the entrance that is so wonderful is not going to work.  The brick work above the center arch is fragile and cannot take the stress of the door being used.  The GOOD NEWS is that no permanent damage has taken place as of yet and we can relocate the entrance.  The BAD NEWS is that we will need to relocate the entrance.  I guess that isn't such horrible news.  We have a crew of people that are going to help us do that shortly, and we will be doing "finishing touches" on May 1st.

Joining together for a good cause: Welcome to the Idaho City Historical Foundation's Website.

For over 50 years, we have worked to preserve and present the history of the fabled Boise Basin. The Idaho City Historical Foundation, Inc. was incorporated under the laws of the State of Idaho on September 4, 1958. The first meeting of the Foundation was held on September 23, 1958. At that meeting the by-laws were adopted and the first board of directors and officers were elected. Have you ever thought about how much you could change things just by volunteering? Become a member.

One of the important functions of the Foundation from the beginning was the operation of the Boise Basin Museum in the old James Pinney post office building at the corner of Montgomery and Wall Streets in Idaho City. You can learn more about this exciting museum and about our other historic properties by clicking on the "Our Properties" tab at the top to the left.


Over the years, the Foundation has acquired interests in several other historically significant properties, which are also detailed on our "properties" page. These include the Territorial Penitentiary, the Smoke Jumpers' Park, the John Brogan Memorial Park, the Pon Yam House, the Strauss House, the Judge Halley House, and the Galbreaith House.