Bonner County ID Historical Society

Find Bonner County, Idaho historical societies. Historical societies provide information on the history and culture of a specific area, through the use of museum and library art exhibits and programs.


Bonner County Historical Society 611 South Ella Avenue Sandpoint ID 83864 208-263-2344


About Bonner County Historical Societies

Bonner County Historical Societies are local organizations and history museums dedicated to studying, preserving, and fostering an appreciation of the past, with an emphasis on the local community's history in Bonner County, ID. Historical Societies in Bonner County encourage and engage in the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, photographs, and personal stories. Many Historical Societies conduct research about local businesses and families, which they make accessible and available as public records and exhibits.

You may contact the Historical Society for questions about:
  • Bonner County Historical Society exhibits and events
  • Bonner County historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in Bonner County, Idaho
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
Bonner County Public Records

Historical Societies are a great source of Bonner County public records, historical and genealogy research information. Historical records may be available upon request from the Bonner County organizations, museums, exhibits and exhibitions, and from Bonner County historical archives.

Local Bonner County History

Idaho Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. Bonner County Historical Centers may highlight a local institution, such as an university, church, or business. Alternatively, their focus may be on a particular group, such as an ethnicity, profession, or religious group. Some Historical Societies work to preserve Bonner County historic buildings and properties, ensuring that neighborhoods maintain the historic character that helps define the community. These efforts often involve close work with local Bonner County and Idaho state government agencies, to list buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, create historic districts, and ensure that historic preservation ordinances and guidelines are established and enforced.

Volunteering for Bonner County Historical Societies

Many Historical Societies are staffed and organized by volunteers, who often become involved in order to preserve the legacy and heritage of their ancestors or to honor local heroes. Other Bonner County Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run Bonner County museums and educational programs, and a local Idaho government or business entity may manage these Historical Societies. Many Historical Societies provide resources to help smaller organizations or individuals with research projects. In addition, they provide events for school-age children both in the schools and at their facilities.

Historical Society Donations & Funding

Funding for Bonner County Historical Societies can come from a combination of sources, including government support, universities, and businesses, as well as private donations, endowments, and grants. Historical Societies rely on fundraisers as a significant source of revenue. Fundraisers may include tours of ID historical buildings, sponsored talks and historic reenactments, and Bonner County genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

Historical Societies have an online presence where they provide valuable information about sponsored Bonner County events and programs. Historical Society websites commonly post historic photographs or articles on topics of local historic interest. Some provide online databases to help with Bonner County genealogy research, immigration activity, or census related data.