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Pie Social Was Back in 2018
The Pie Social returned on Sept. 30th

2017 Holiday Party Enjoyed by All
November 25 saw the return of our popular holiday party and open house.

As always pictures with Santa was a big draw.

Music by "Who's to Blame" filled the basement as kids joined the band in singing Christmas carols.

Plenty of free hot chocolate and cookies for all of our guests.
A young Grinch helps inspect the 7 mine model.
Mineral and other exhibits caught the eye of guests.

Pie Social Remains Popular
On September 17 we held our annual Pie Social
Once again the event was well attended
and enjoyed by all.

Look at all them pies!

Good music to go with good food
Jackie gets in her groove.

2016 Holiday Party
Enjoyed by All

                     Santa finding out what's on someones wish list

Kim says "look at the donkey" while Duke snaps
a photo and Sade looks on from behind the counter.

Jackie leading the caroling

"Who's to Blame" fills the basement with music

Val takes in the music while setting out refreshments

2016 Pie Social
Deemed Great Success
On September 25,2016 we held our annual Pie Social and celebration of the Museum's 30th anniversary. The event was well attended and many people enjoyed sharing memories and good conversation over a slice of pie and beverage. A wide selection of pies and beverages ensured that everyone found a favorite combination. A raffle and key drawing for a Brekenridge painting were also held.
Winners of the raffles were
Key & Lock Raffle
Kris Brady - Signed & dated Breckenridge Painting
General Drawing Raffle
1st Prize - Travis Williams - Garnet Jewelry
2nd Prize - Penny Michael - Reading Basket
3rd Prize - Betty Custis - Family Museum Membership

Mullan Road Talk
Well Received

On September 22, 2016 former  State of Idaho Road Engineer and Local Historian Bob Dunsmore gave a presentation on the history of the building of the Mullan Road through North Idaho.

Joe Breckenridge
Art Exhibit a Big Hit
Many thanks to all who came out to see the Joe Breckenridge art exhibit.
Special thanks to those whom loaned their examples of Joe's work. By the time the doors opened; paintings filled the basement and spilled into the upstairs Gift Shop area.  This proved to be one of our most popular single day events and everyone seemed to enjoy sharing their Joe stories and hearing those of others.

A Little About Joe

Joe Breckenridge (Cowboy Joe) was famous for quickly producing landscape paintings on pieces of scrap wood using only a 4 inch wide brush.

Born in Michigan he became a world champion saddle bronc rider in 1919 and later made his home in the Coeur d’Alene area in the late twenties.  From his home base in Kootenai County he traveled extensively throughout the US and Canada taking part in rodeos and earned a living as a free lance artist; setting up shop in bars and county fairs. For just a couple bucks or beers; he would whip up a made to order landscape painting in just a few minutes. He often billed himself as the world’s fastest painter.

Joe spent a good deal of time in North Idaho so many of his paintings adorn the walls of local bars and restaurants as well as the walls of their patron

Second Grade Tour
On May 20th of this year the 2nd grade students of Pinehurst Elementary were treated to a tour of the Staff House Museum. Originating with the Sunnyside School; this has become an annual tradition for area 2nd graders and continued this year as part of the Pinehurst Elementary School year-end field trip. The field trip also included visits to the Kellogg City Park and Kellogg Bowling Alley.

Lining up in front of museum
Checking out mineral displays in basement

Looking over Boy Scout exhibit

Grant Given for New Boiler

Grant check is displayed by
 treasurer Oradell Triplet, president Rick Chapman and grant writer Lisa Hardy

We are exceedingly pleased to announce that the Shoshone County Mining & Smelting Museum is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Margaret F. Galbrath fund and the Whitesel - Silver Valley fund at the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

The grant was given for the replacement of a failing 29 year old boiler that had served as the sole source of heat for the Staff House building since it was installed. Thanks to a significant price break from installer; Simioni's Heating & Cooling; nearly the entire cost of replacing the boiler was covered by the grant.

This grant could not have come at a better time as we learned about the award just one day after the pump on the old boiler seized up. Our good fortune continued when the Inland Northwest Community Foundation expedited dispersing the funds and the installer made room in their schedule allowing the new boiler to be installed only a couple weeks after the old one failed.

It took a lot of manpower and machinery to remove the old boiler

At left the old boiler with buckets to catch leaks
At right the new high efficiency compact replacement.

The 2015 Holiday Open House
Held November 28, 2015

This year Santa paid us a visit

Duane Little took photos of guests with Santa
Kim took down delivery information for photos

Sarah Benson signed copies of her new book
"Born of Shadow"

James Shubert signed copies of his book
"Salami's Fire"

Music filled the basement

Cookies & hot chocolate
complimented the music

With nightfall; Staff House lights joined the festivities.

A couple of our Staff House Elves
get a thank you treat from Santa

We even had some four legged visitors

Many Thanks to all who came by
And special thanks to all who helped
make the day possible.

On August 28th of 2015;
 Julie Whitesel Weston
presented and read
 from her latest book "Moonshadows"

Many Thanks to Julie for sharing her latest creation and many insights on her creative process together with images and objects around which the story turns.

Julie has also written "The Good Times are All Gone Now"

Our 4th of July Parade Entry for 2015

Jane Greene pilots our ore car float in the annual 4th of July parade. Not only did she drive the ore car; she also tossed candy to the appreciative children watching the parade.  Many Thanks to Jane.

Sunnyside Students Visit Museum

On June 1st we hosted two second grade classes from Sunnyside Elementary. Oradell Triplett and Jackie Fields acted as tour guides explaining exhibits both inside and outside the museum. It was a fun and educational day for all.

Past Events

North Idaho Fair

Last year was the inaugural appearance of the Shoshone County Mining & Smelting Museum at the North Idaho Fair.

The Fair ran from August 20th through 24th at the Kootenai County Fair Grounds in Coeur d'Alene.
Our booth was one of many representing various North Idaho museums in Building 7.

William Wallace Reenactment

Last June the Staff House hosted David Leroy portraying William Wallace in period dress delivering a first person narrative about the recently assassinated President Lincoln and his relationship with Idaho. Despite a passing strong rain storm; the event was well attended with nearly every seat taken. The event was very well received and generated an excellent question and answer session at the conclusion of the presentation.

We would like to thank the Idaho Humanities Council for making this event possible. 

Sunnyside Students Visit Museum

In late May of 2014 we hosted a number of Grade School students from Sunnyside Elementary.  Students and teachers alike enjoyed guided tours of the various exhibits.

Holiday Tradition Revived

An old Staff House tradition was revived in 2014 with the decorating of the building and hosting a Christmas gathering. At the exterior lights donated by Don Rumple of Kellogg Plastics Limited graced columns front and rear and around the first floor front windows. On December 7th an open house was held with authors Keith Dahlberg, Jackie Fields, Doris Fleming & James Shubert signing copies of their books, together with live music and treats for visitors.


While the exceptionally cold weather caused the local lighting parade to be postponed and kept attendance light; those who did brave the weather were rewarded with lively music, good conversation and tasty treats.

News & Coming Events

Watch This Space
for News of
Coming Events

In the Gift Shop
The Complete Collection of the Bunker Hill Reporter on CD
Only $9.95
This CD contains pdf images of every issue of the Bunker Hill Reporter from 1956 to 1977.
Images were scanned full scale at 300 dpi; which means every image has the same resolution as the original.
The files are arranged by year and month for easy reference.
The Reporter contains pictures and stories covering mine and plant operations, retirements, employee hobbies and accomplishments, descriptions of the various processes in the mine and surface plants as well as community interest.
This is a great resource for anyone doing family history of relatives who worked for Bunker Hill during its publication years.

New Exhibit Added in 2018

Kellogg's Local Ski Area
Jackass Ski Bowl to
Silver Mountain

An exhibit celebrating the history of Skiing in Kellogg from the early 60's to present day.

A new exhibit space was inaugurated on the 2nd floor between the School Room and the Bunker Room. This space expands the School & Fraternal Room with a creative look into a turn of the century class room by our own Jackie Fields.

Library Donates Ribbons

Staff House Archivist Ellie Arguimbau (L) accepts ribbons from City of Kellogg Librarian Lisa Hardy.
The ribbons were originally given to the Library by the Shiplett family some years ago and had been on display there in a case near the entrance until removed due to concerns about fading. Upon receipt the Museum has put the ribbons into an enclosed frame with UV protecting glass.

The ribbons will be on display this spring as part of a larger exhibit commemorating many of the fraternal organizations in the Valley.

The ribbons displayed are:
  • Burke Miners Union No. 10 - W.F. of M.
  • Wardner Aerie No. 170 - F.O.E.
  • Wardner Aerie No. 170 - F.O.E.
  • Modern Woodsmen of America - Consolidated Camp No. 10977
  • Cataldo Lodge 105 - I.O.O.F.
  • Royal Neighbors of America - F.U.M.C.E.
  • Wardner Industrial Union No. 1

Uncle Bunker is back in print

Ray Chapman's pictorial tribute to Bunker Hill has been reprinted
and is now available from the Museum Gift Shop.

Exhibit Area Revised

The bronze memorial plaque honoring fallen WWI solders
from Kellogg has been put back on display and uniform
Jacket, hat & leggings put into protective cases on the 2nd floor landing. The tribute to Medal of Honor recipient Frank Reasoner has also been refreshed and moved to the adjacent wall. Further additions saluting our veterans are in the works.

New Officers Elected

Pictured above are (L-R)
Bob Dunsmore, Rick Chapman, Oradell Triplett, Kieth Green.

On April 16, 2015 The Shoshone County Mining & Smelting Museum Board elected their 2015-2016 Officers.

Those elected are:
President                - Rick Chapman
1st Vice President   - Keith Green
2nd Vice President  - Bob Dunsmore
Secretary                - Kim Johnson
Treasurer                - Oradell Triplett

A special visitor

Back in 2014 Ellen Easton; a Grand Niece of Bunker Hill's highly regarded Mine Manager and President; Stanley Easton paid us a visit in mid August. She and her companion were touring North Idaho and had visited Camp Easton Scout Camp named for Stanley, seen the former Easton residence in Coeur d'Alene and visited the Mine before spending some time touring the Staff House. 

The Staff House was originally constructed for Stanley and his wife back in 1906 when he was then the Mine Manager. The Easton's resided in the home as a family until 1923 when they moved to Coeur d'Alene. Stanley still used the house during the week for many years and even kept a room on the second floor after it became a guest house.

  Ellen poses with portrait of her Grand Uncle Stanley Easton