Events Calendar

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All Society meetings are held at the Museum at 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted, from September through May. There are light refreshments served. As always, the Society meetings are free and open to the public, so bring family and invite some friends!  Other special events will be added as planning for them is completed, and details are updated regularly, so keep checking back.


September 18, 2018

Rising Phoenix: The Future of the Historic Monarch Hotel

Tiffani Wilson and Ali Gorney, owners of the Monarch, will be presenting on their future plans for Monarch, which was gutted by fire 2 years ago.  


September 22, 2018



October 16, 2018

Bannock County Historical Society Fall Social and Annual Business Meeting

Know your past, shape your future!

You are cordially invited to attend the Society Annual Business Meeting Tuesday, October 16th at 7 PM in the Museum’s gallery, 3000 Ave. of the Chiefs.

We will be holding a Soup and Chili Social right after the business meeting! The Society will provide cream of potato bacon soup, chili, dinner rolls, and beverages.  You are welcome to bring a salad or dessert to share if so inclined. 

Please RSVP to 208-233-0434 with your food preference and a head count by October 8th so that we don’t run short of food.


October 27, 2018

Treat or Treat Through History


November 10, 2018

Concert by Gary Eller for the Idaho Song's Project....Bad Asses and Disasters of Early Idaho, Songs that Should Have Been Written But Weren't!  Gary Eller live in concert at the Bannock County Historical Museum (3000 Ave. of the Chiefs) on Saturday, November 10th, at 6 PM!  Gary will also speak about the Idaho Song's Project and would like to encourage anyone with pre-radio music from Idaho to share that information with him.  Did you even know that there were efforts underway to preserve early music from Idaho?  Come learn more.  Free and open to the public, but we have to cap the seating at 50, so please call 208-233-0434 or email bancohismus@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.   


November 20, 2018

Presentation: The Disestablishment of the Naval Ordnance Plant: Conspiracy or Necessity?” by Derk Mitton

The Bannock County Historical Society’s featured presenter at this month’s business meeting will be Derk Mitton. Mr. Mitton was born and raised in Pocatello and graduated from Highland High School in 1983. He then attended Idaho State University, earning a BA in history in 1994, and has been employed as a high school teacher in Pocatello for over 20 years.

His interest in the N.O.P. was piqued after taking a class from Dr. Merwin Swanson at ISU. Dr. Swanson taught his students about the impact WWII had on Pocatello, including the military’s decision to build the N.O.P. here. Prior to this class Mr. Mitton had been unaware of the driving forces that led to the construction of those buildings. He had always known them as the Bucyrus Erie plant, and now realized there was quite a story there to tell. He began looking into the construction and operation of the plant, and ultimately decided that he would like to focus his senior history thesis on the N.O.P. The focus of that thesis had to be grounded in a specific historical question, so he settled on researching the decision to close the plant and effect the closure had on the community.

Come learn more about how first the construction and later the decommission of this plant changed the fabric of Pocatello. 


December 1, 2018

Annual Holiday Open House

The community is cordially invited to the Bannock County Historical Society & Museum’s Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 1st from 10 AM until 4 PM. Admission is free! Musical program from 12 – 12:30 PM featuring the TaVaci School of Performing Arts Children’s Choir with original music arrangements! Historic digital images display from noon until 4 PM. Concerns about conserving heirlooms? From 2 – 3 PM ask a Curator! Hors d'oeuvres and holiday treats served all day. Old fashioned Christmas displays in the gallery. Raffle prizes available; ticket $1 each or 6 for $5. Come celebrate the season with us at 3000 Ave. of the Chiefs.  For more information call 208-233-0434, or e-mail bancohismus@gmail.com. 


January 15, 2019

Presentation: "Early Western Artist Minerva Bernetta Kohlhepp Teichert" by Jacquee Alvord

The Bannock County Historical Society’s featured presenter at this month’s business meeting will be Ms. Jacquee Alvord. Jacquee’s presentation will focus on acclaimed early western painter Minerva Teichert (1888-1976) and is a sneak peek into an article Jacquee has written about Minerva for the City’s Historic Preservation Commission.


                (208) 233-0434 | 3000 Ave. of the Chiefs, P.O. Box 253, Pocatello, ID 83204 | bancohismus@gmail.com