GOODING — Steve and Kris Quigley’s grandchildren are getting a good dose of volunteerism.
As heads of the Gooding County Historical Society and its museum, the Quigleys put their family members to work doing things they can’t do. Many of the museum’s 12 board members are getting on in years, said Kris, who stepped in to run the museum when the past director became ill.
“We really need some younger people to help,” she said.
She’ll get no argument from board members and volunteers, the youngest of whom are in their 40s, said research director Lorna Bard, a member of the historical society since the 1970s.
Operating a museum demands a mix of old and new blood: old for continuity and new to continue the work into the future, Bard said.
The group has squirreled away $5,000 for a museum expansion, but they fear there’ll be no one around to continue their work. The historical society only recently finished unpacking boxes moved about a decade ago from its first museum — the old Gooding post office — to a new building at the south edge of town. The old building, donated to the group when it formed in 1971, was condemned and artifacts were stored for several years while the new museum was built.
Board members are proud of the new museum, said Nancy Turley, in charge of growing the historical society’s membership.
“It’s a warm place,” Turley said. “It’s welcoming.”
It’s a work in progress, Bard said. New artifacts come in every week.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Hagerman Valley Historical Museum in Hagerman.
Artifacts from the Minidoka Relocation Camp are on display Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Jerome County Historical Museum in Jerome.
Rob Ellis talks about farming equipment and how it was used to bring crops to the arid high desert Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Jerome County Historical Museum in Jerome.
Artifacts on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Twin Falls County Historical Museum in Twin Falls.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Lincoln County Historical Museum in Shoshone.
A 1945 wedding dress, made from a nylon parachute, sits on display Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Lincoln County Historical Museum in Shoshone. The dress was made by Ada Marie Paoli after her fiance, Melvin Pope, sent the parachute home during World War II.
Catherine Daily, vice president of Hagerman Valley Historical Society, talks about unique artifacts at the Hagerman museum June 29.
Treasurer Leroy Jazwick talks about Archie ‘Teton’ Teater paintings June 29 at the Hagerman Valley Historical Museum.
Above:The interpretive center at Rock Creek Station and Stricker Homesite, July 3 near Hansen. Below: The general store used to have a saloon attached.
Lucy Stricker's bedroom set is seen during a tour of the Stricker mansion July 3 near Hansen. Lucy dragged her bedset out of her burning cabin in 1900.
Curator Melissa Alley gives a tour July 7 of the firearm display donated by Wayne Birch at Minidoka County Historical Museum.
Old fire extinguishers, filled with caustic soda, sit on display Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Minidoka County Historical Museum in Rupert.
Curator Melissa Alley peers inside Rupert’s first jail cell, built in 1906, on July 7 at the Minidoka County Historical Museum.
Robert Fehlman, co-chairman of the Oakley Valley Historical Association's board, examines a recently submitted donation to the museum on June 6 in Oakley.
An early border marker designating Nevada to the west, Utah to the east and Idaho to the north leans inside the Oakley museum’s entrance.
A mural honors Oakley resident Lena Belle Leonard Davis Price, mother of pilot Noel Davis who died in April 1927, in an attempt to fly solo from New York to Paris. Charles Lindberg dropped a bouquet of roses over Price's house later that year.
At the Oakley museum, a suitcase used by Mormon missionaries.
Mormon crickets are displayed June 6 at the Oakley Valley Historical Museum in Oakley.
A "crazy quilt" sown by Marion resident Esther Frost from patches of clothing is seen June 6 at the Oakley Valley Historical Museum.
A 1906 crazy quilt sown by Marion resident Esther Frost hangs near Frost’s portrait June 6 at Oakley Valley Historical Museum.
Hand-sewn booties, June 22 at the Gooding County Historical Museum.
A toothpick holder and creamer souvenir set depicting the new Burley High School in 1915 is seen June 8 at the Cassia County Historical Museum in Burley. The three-story building, then the Burley Junior High School, burned to the ground in 1973.
A Winchester Repeating Arms Co. brand is seen on an 1880s rifle at the Gooding County Historical Museum in Gooding.
A Belgian flintlock pistol from the 1800s sits on display Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Minidoka County Historical Museum in Rupert. The museum has a large firearm display donated by Wayne Birch.
A Kitselman Duplex Automatic Ball Bearing Woven Wire Fence Machine at the Rupert museum.
At the Rupert museum, a pocket watch presented to Samuel W. Osgood in 1789 by Benjamin Franklin after Osgood was appointed the first U.S. postmaster general by President George Washington. Osgood was the great-great-great-great-grandfather of Samuel Osgood Jr. of Rupert.
Curator Melissa Alley looks at a steam-engine tractor Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Minidoka County Historical Museum in Rupert. The tractor, donated in the 1970s, was the first item donated to the museum.
The Minidoka County Historical Museum sits open Friday, July 7, 2017, in Rupert.
Curator Melissa Alley gives a tour of a schoolroom display Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Minidoka County Historical Museum in Rupert.
A copy of a newspaper page from 1886 talking about a new hotel on Shoshone Falls is seen during a tour of the Stricker Ranch Monday, July 3, 2017, near Hansen.
Judy Robinson, treasurer of Friends of Stricker Inc., describes Lucy Stricker's traveling trunk during a tour of the Stricker mansion July 3 near Hansen.
A photo of Lucy Stricker hangs in the house during a tour of the Stricker mansion Monday, July 3, 2017, near Hansen.
A wood-burning stove is displayed during a tour of the Stricker mansion July 3 near Hansen.