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Idaho Day 2018 is coming!

The date will be March 5th, 2018, a Monday, and the Colonial Theater is lined up for our program. The 2018 program will stress patriotism, and honor Eastern Idaho support for our nation during World War I (2018 is the 100th anniversary of the final year of WWI). Student contests will again be a major feature, and materials are already in the hands of teachers. Todd Brown, Dist. #91 Curriculum Coordinator and BCHA board member chairs the student contest program.


Our Rose Hill Cemetery Treasure Tours were a success

Held at Rose Hill Cemetery on September 9th and October 7, 2017, they drew about 150 attendees.
They began at the flag pole near the bridge crossing the canal on the southeast side (within the cemetery by markers OP 10 and OP 11), and included activities across the oldest section of the cemetery.

Speakers featured a history of the cemetery and biographical information about nine of the prominent citizens buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Information was also available on over 20 other graves of historical interest.

If you missed them, see the next item, below, or read the handouts here here.


Idaho Day 2017 has come and gone

The Third Annual Idaho Day Celebration was a great success!

The State theme for this year was Idaho the Beautiful. Our county theme was Idaho the Beautiful: Its Conduct and its Heroes. The program highlighted the positive way the State and Bonneville County and its people excel. Another highlight of our Idaho Day celebration was hearing from the winners of our student contests and seeing their work. BCHA is working hard to encourage young people to be interested in their heritage by sponsoring programs specifically for them, such as the student contests. Todd Brown, Dist. #91 Curriculum Coordinator and BCHA board member chairs the student contest program.


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!


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:


Next Meeting of the BCHA Board
will be at Noon on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018. Meet at Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurant, 2833 S. 25th E. in Ammon.


Idaho Day 2018
Monday, March 5, 2018 will be Idaho Day. See the item on the left about the event.




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