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543 Bannock Ave
American Falls, ID 83211
(208) 226-7610

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Power County Historical Society and Museum

Location

500 Pocatello Ave.
American Falls, Idaho 83211

Phone: 208-226-1325

Hours

The museum is open every Friday and Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00. We also open for tours during the week. To schedule a tour please call Doris, the museum director, at 226-5058.

The museum opens Memorial Weekend thru Labor Day.

Vision

Reflection of the past while looking forward to the future

Mission Statement

Our mission is the preserve, educate and promote understanding and appreciation of the history and cultural heritage of Power County. We will help all ages take time to reflect on the rich heritage of the past while looking forward to the future.

Bethany Hospital. Now the Power County Historical Society museum.Exhibits, Walking Tours, and a Research Library

We are excited as a Historical Society/Museum about the progress of the Power County Museum. We had our grand opening during the American Falls Day celebration in 2007. The Power County Historical Society/Museum occupies part of the old Bethany Deaconess Hospital. The building was started in 1926 and was completed the following year. The museum features exhibits detailing the history and development of Power County. Visitors take a trip back to the era of the moving of the town to make way for the American Falls Dam. We have pamphlets available with the list of National Historic Places in American Falls. You can enjoy a walking tour of the places that have been moved. Displays at the museum include: A Industry room, medical and home exhibits, art exhibits. A research library and large collection of historical photographs are also available. We also have slideshow presentations that are available to be shown. We are also collecting personal histories. The Historical Society has a newsletter that is free through the email. If you would like to receive it please send a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Some of the ongoing projects the Historical Society includes:
Gathering Personal Histories of the families who have lived in Power County. You can contact Juan and Carol Spillet at 548-2468. We are also gathering Photo's of the area and are looking for old time machinery, homesteads and businesses. If you are interested in becoming a member or for more information contact the Historical Society President: Laurie Call at (208) 335-2204.

The Historical Society would like to thank the community for sharing their artifacts for all to enjoy. A special recognition goes to: Dave Bethke, Laurie Call, Ken Estep, Doris Garrison, Marge Glascock, Helen Kittridge, Arlys Mayer, Galen McMaster, Francis Petell, and Betty Phillips. They have been instrumental in seeing the Museum get started. Special thanks goes to Ron Galloway for his generous donations of the display cases, and the members of the community how have come to help move display cases. Dianne May has scanned the historical pictures for the Historical Society and we are grateful for her dedication and for also doing the Newsletter.

THE POWER COUNTY AND AMERICAN FALLS HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION'S PURPOSE is to preserve historical buildings in Power County. The commission nominates buildings in the community to be nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. The places that are on the National Register of Historic Places are the Oregon Trail District, Register Rock, American Falls East Shore Power Plants, American Falls Reservoir Flooded Town Site, Oneida Milling and Elevator Company Grain Elevator, Bethany Deaconess Hospital, Power County Court House, St. John's Episcopal Church, Richard and Winnie Warwas house, William Davie house, and the Walter Sparks house.

Board of Directors

Marge Glascock
Doris Garrison
Dianne May
Connie Rowland
Bill Schaltz

 

THE POWER COUNTY AND AMERICAN FALLS HISTORICAL PRESERVATION COMMISSION'S PURPOSE is to preserve historical buildings in Power County. The commission nominates buildings in the community to be nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. The places that are on the National Register of Historic Places are the Oregon Trail District, Register Rock, American Falls East Shore Power Plants, American Falls Reservoir Flooded Town Site, Oneida Milling and Elevator Company Grain Elevator, Bethany Deaconess Hospital, Power County Court House, St. John's Episcopal Church, Richard and Winnie Warwas house, William Davie house, and the Walter Sparks house.

Board Members Include:

Debbie Rudeen
Arlys Mayer
Laurie Call
Doris Garrison
Galen McMasters
Helen Kittridge
Betty Phillips
Dave Bethke
Dianne May
Keith Stocking

 

 
Power County, Idaho   ●   543 Bannock Ave   ●   American Falls, ID 83211   ●   (208) 226-7610