Second Grade Tour
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
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
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.
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
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
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
James Shubert signed copies of his book
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"