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.


June 8, 2018

 Celebrating the History of Bannock County!

On June 8th from 10 AM to 6 PM the Bannock County Historical Museum and Fort Hall Replica are celebrating the annual opening of the Fort for the summer season!  The Museum and Fort are now both managed by the Bannock County Historical Society (who just celebrated 95 years), with support from Bannock County and the City of Pocatello.  As you visit the Complex, keep in mind this important and unique fact - everything in it was built by the community, primarily with donations (money, labor, or materials), to honor the past and preserve it for future generations. 

The Historical Society cordially invites you to visit and explore the Historic Complex for free at our Grand Summer Celebration on June 8th.  Throughout the day there will be heritage skill demonstrations including spinning, quilting, blacksmithing, beading, flintknapping, and atlatl use.  Several mountain men will be present, and at 2 PM there will original poetry and music by Cowgirl Up.  Cowgirl up is a team of western female talent, comprised of award-winning song writer Patty Clayton (pattyclayton.com) and award-winning poet Sam DeLeeuw (samdeleeuw.com).  The schedule of events is as follows:

10:00 AM                    Gates open to the public.

11:00 AM                    Dignitaries address visitors from the second level of the Fort interior

11:30 -11:45 AM        Raising of the American flag, with a black powder salute.

                                   Reading of the “Defense of Fort McHenry” (author Francis Scott Key).

                                   Raising of the Hudson Bay flag.

 11:50 AM                   Native American prayer.

12:00 – 1:00 PM         Chili and lemonade at the Fort, dessert at the Museum.

1:00 PM                      Visitors free to watch demonstrations and prepare for the concert.

2:00 PM                      Cowgirl Up performs original music and poetry from the Fort Hall stage.

3:30 – 6:00 PM           Ongoing demonstrations. Visitors are free to explore.


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.


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

The History and Purpose of the Naval Ordnance Plant

Derk Mitton wrote his thesis on the NOP, and is considered the local authority on the subject.  Come learn more about this interesting part of Pocatello's military history. 


December 1, 2018

Annual Holiday Open House

Come visit the Museum for free at our annual open house.  We provide live music and food, we just need you to drop in and see what we are up to.  There will be raffle prizes: 1 ticket is free, additional tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20.


January 15, 2019

When is an Office not an Office?  

When it is the Office Bar and Grill!  Matt Spencer has purchased the Office Bar and Grill, and also the old Shanghai Cafe, which is going to become the Grill part of this dual business.  Matt will be presenting on the work he has undertaken to balance the need to preserve the original history of the buildings and still make them functional in today's world. 


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