Events / Exhibits

2015

Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the Freight Room Auditorium and Saturdays October 10, 17, 24 from 12 Noon to 4 p.m.
ARTISANS FOR HOPE STORY CLOTH FOLK ART EXHIBIT
Artisans for Hope (AFH) is an non-profit organization helping refugees settle in the settlement city of Boise, Idaho. Wednesday night, a representative from Artisans for Hope will be at the depot to further explain the program and talk about the artists. One of the AFH programs is to teach quilting and through this medium the refugee creates a work of Folk Art depicting their journey, their thoughts, and also a brief story of their experiences and journey to American.

Labor Day Weekend – September 5,6,7 and September Weekends Exhibit honoring Idaho and Adams County Veterans. Exhibit from Idaho State Historical Society as well as digital presentation of Adams County Veterans will be on display. Exhibit will be in place during the month of September and available for public viewing weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by special arrangement. School tours will also be available upon request. This is a free public event.

Saturday and Sunday August 1 and 2 – It is “Fosdick” Weekend Everyone is invited to the Community Dinner and fund raising auctions. This year the dinner will be held at The Intersection restaurant in downtown New Meadows. Public is invited to participate in the golf tournament as well. For more details about the golf tournament go to fosdickgolf.com. Saturday, the Community Dinner begins at 4:00 p.m. with the social hour. Bring your favorite dessert (preferably in a disposable dish) to share and enjoy an evening of meeting old friends, making new ones and raising money for Meadows Valley non-profits.

Saturday, July 18 – Yard Sale and Vet Photo Scanning Fund raising yard sale will take place in the Freight Room Auditorium at the depot. Prior to the yard sale, donations of gently used household goods, yard implements and tools, furniture, clean and in working order toys etc. are gratefully accepted. No clothing please. During the yard sale hours members will be available to scan photos of Adams County Veterans and taking information about them for the Labor Day exhibit. Yard sale funds go toward keeping the depot operating and open when possible. Ongoing expenses, just like every household, such as electric bill, insurance, water bill, upkeep and maintenance etc. Call 208-347-2932 and leave a message to donate and ACHS member will get back to you. Thank you for your support and donations.

Saturday, June 27 – Fosdick Appreciation Event It is the 30th Anniversary of “The Fosdick” Over the years Fosdick volunteers have raised well over $500,000 that has been put back into the community via non-profit organizations, school programs and scholarships. Past recipients of awards granted by the Meadows Valley Benefit Golf Tournament aka “The Fosdick” are invited to display examples and/or explain what they did with the award money and express how that helped their non-profit and Meadows Valley residents. The public is invited to attend this event to learn more about the benefits of “The Fosdick”. Coffee, lemonade and cookies will be served in The Freight Room Auditorium.

Saturday, June 20 – All Class Reunion All Class School Reunion held at Meadows Valley School building. At that time the ACHS will be available at the reunion to scan photos of Adams County Veterans in preparation for the Labor Day Weekend and month of September salute to our Veterans

May 7, 2015 Steve Armstrong, Southern Zone Archeologist for the Salmon River Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service presents information regarding per-territorial Idaho – Civil War period history of the town of Forence, Idaho that had at that time had burgeoned to 9,000 people due to gold exploration and mining. Evening made possible by Idaho State Historical Society.

2014

August 23 – September 27: Idaho State Historical Museum Traveling Trunk Exhibit of the Lewis and Clark expedition in and around the northwest and exhibit items representing the NezPerce.  Exhibit open on Saturdays and special tours for school teachers and students.  The exhibit showed the trail, places Lewis and Clark stopped, items they had for trade and used as well as items the NezPerce Indians made and used in their daily life.

July 15 – Eriks Garsvo presents “P&IN Railway – It’s History, It’s Construction.  Eriks gave a free lecture in the Freight Room of the Historic P&IN Railway Depot and has studied the evolution and demise of the railway.  Eriks lives in Kuna, and earlier in the month led a bus tour from the Nampa Train Depot to New Meadows following the old P&IN route.

May 12 – Richard Holm, speaker from the Idaho State Historical Society, presented a history of and slide show of Idaho’s fire lookouts and work that has been done to restore some of them.  May is Idaho Archaeology and Preservation month.

2013

2013 brings about the 150 year anniversary of the State of Idaho.

Historic P&IN Railway Depot – Adams County Historical Society events at depot in celebration of the Sesquicentennial. 

At the Depot – thru October, visit the Packer John’s Exhibit and learn about the cast of characters who helped to forge the Idaho Territory, why Packer John’s Cabin plays into history, and Meadows Valley Pioneers and what they contributed to the Valley and history.

UPCOMING October 3 1 p.m. Genealogy Workshop with Sandra Hansen. Freight Room at P&IN RY Depot.  Learn how to trace your ancestors using Websites and research.

July 30 7  p.m.Presentation by Rob McIntyre, musician and specialist in music of the mining camps of Idaho.  Hosted by Meadows Valley Library and sponsored by Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Freight Room at P&IN RY Depot.  Mr. McIntyre has done extensive research on the mining camp music, it’s origins and plays examples of what they did or might have sounded like.  Visit the Packer John’s Cabin exhibit through October to hear some of the music playing at the exhibit that is from Mr. McIntyre’s works.

May 30th 7 p.m. Presentation by  David Leroy as William Wallace – Idaho Territory’s 1st Governor, sponsored by Meadows Valley Library and Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Freight Room at P&IN RY Depot.  As William Wallace, Mr. Leroy recounts his relationship with President Abraham Lincoln, his travels back and forth from the Washington/Idaho Territory to Washington D.C. to get the Idaho Territory formalized, the assassination of President Lincoln and the aftermath.

July 13 – October 27 Weekends

Packer John Exhibit showing importance of the cabin to the development of the Idaho Territory and a cast of characters involved in the development and the early pioneers of Meadows Valley and their journeys.

 The Adams County Historical Society will participate in this celebration with a free interpretive exhibit about Packer John’s Cabin, it’s history and the people involved as well as places and journeys relative to the early Idaho territorial period.  This exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council.

Along with the Exhibit that will open July 13, 2013 through late fall, through out the spring, summer and fall there will be special workshops, presentations, and events pertaining to territorial history.  Be sure to check the P&IN Depot Website Events Calendar for dates and times of events.

2012

  • 100 Year Celebration & Ticket Agent’s Office, Lobby, Ladies Waiting Room restoration completed and open to public Labor Day Weekend, September 1st, 2nd, 3rd,  Special ceremony, exhibits and displays celebrating the history of Meadows Valley, photos, located in both Freight Room and 1st floor of depot.  ACHS “Links To Our Past” book by author Carla Barham Standley goes on sale. National Registry of Historic Buildings plaque is attached to building.
  • Idaho Logging Conference

2011

  • 100 Year Celebration Labor Day Weekend. 100 Year History accounted by oral histories, newspaper accounts, photos and exhibits.  Photo exhibits funded by Idaho Humanities Council and Idaho Department of Fish and Game “A Century of Fish Hatcheries Exhibit – history of Evergreen Hatchery on the Weiser River and fingerlings being transported by the P&IN railroad.
  • All Class Reunion

2009

  • ACHS hosts Heritage Trust Board of Trustees reception
  • Historic Picture gallery established
  • Meadows Valley Memories Cowboy Round Table Tales for the purpose of  preserving cowboy and ranching history.
  • High Tea held for Harold Heigho, wife and sister Nora Waters. They are grandchildren of Edward Heigho past president of the P&IN Railroad.
  • Yard Sale
  • All School Reunion (Meadows Valley Memories also captured attending schoolmates stories)
  • Junior-Senior Prom held in Old Depot Auditorium
  • George Fitz an Hancock families memories open to the public

2008

  • The Lincoln and Idaho Traveling Exhibit  – Lincoln’s connection to Idaho and memorabilia.

2007

  • Brick plaza with benches and memorial plaques and lighted flag dedicated. Plaza made possible by donations from LaFay/Wilson, Rich, Hancock, Linville, and McCarty families as well as other contributors.
  • Fields 50th wedding anniversary held in auditorium
  • Meadows Valley Bible Church uses auditorium several Sundays for worship services
  • All day auction held in auditorium

2006

  • Weiser River Cattlemen’s Convention held in Freight Room auditorium
  • Dedication of J.I. Morgan monument, reception and retired loggers memories.

2005

  • Barn Again, Celebrating an American Icon” – Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition made available by the Idaho Humanities Council – 6 week exhibit.  Event also included many exhibits and seminars on farming and ranching the people and machinery.  Barn Again!  16-mile local bicycle tour of historic barns brochure is created.
  •  June – Freight Room is opened to public use.
  • Honors Reception – honoring first ACHS President Dale Smith for getting the Depot put on the Register of Historic Places, Will Kerby who saved the building when Union Pacific was going to tear the building down and Will also gave the ACHS the land the depot was located on which allowed the organization to apply for grants. And Mr. William March who donated Wells Fargo stock.

2004

  • First phase of depot renovation complete – 22 feet added to the Freight Room and other structural restoration – 2000 matching grant Idaho Department of Transportation.  Second phase to begin funded by Idaho Department of Commerce (DOC) bring Freight Room/auditorium to completion.
  • Fund raising raffle – big screen T.V.

2003

  • Ground Breaking Ceremony for restoration work to begin May 15, 2003
  • Crab Feed, silent auction and raffle at Brundage Mountain Resort Lodge – matching monies needed $56.000

2002

  • Renovation to begin on depot
  • June inaugural issue of End of the Line newsletter of the Adams County Historical Society.  The newsletter was so named because New Meadows became the end of the line for the P & IN Railroad that had been planned to go from Weiser to the Seven Devil’s mining district.  It was determined that was an economically unfeasible plan and New Meadows became the end of the line and headquarters