admission to Museum on Saturday
On May 13, 2008, the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude received a grant from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation of Spokane in the amount of $25,720. The grant was to replace old and unsafe exhibit cases that housed the historic military and weapons exhibit. It was also the culmination of a 7-year project to enhance the interior of the museum, all of which was through grant funds.
On Saturday, July 4, between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00, the public is invited to visit the museum to view the new military and weapons exhibits. Admission will be free during that time with refreshments served. This is an opportunity to visit one of the finest museums in the state of Idaho.
Having been in existence for 78 years, the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude is one of the longest, continuously operating museums in the Northwest. The museum houses artifacts that pertain to the Nez Perce, the Chinese in Idaho, Polly Bemis, Buckskin Bill, and the ranching, mining, farming, and settlement of North Central Idaho. The history of the sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude is an important part of the collection as well. The museumís excellent collection of weapons and military items, some of which date to the mid-1800s, include military swords, Samarai swords, knives, uniforms, insignias, shells, helmets, and other military memorabilia.
For pictures of some of the exhibits, see page 6