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Immerse yourself in the past at Live History Day in Jerome
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Immerse yourself in the past at Live History Day in Jerome

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JEROME — The Idaho Farm and Ranch Museum grounds will soon fill with visitors and vendors in celebration of Jerome County Historical Society's 38th annual Live History Day.

Formerly a two-day event, the celebration will take place Saturday only. Gates open at 9 a.m., followed by a flag-raising at 10 a.m. and a fruit pie auction at 2 p.m. Activities continue throughout the day, including live music, antique truck and tractor demonstrations, butter-churning with samples, model railroad displays, a petting zoo and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Live History Day gives community members a glimpse of the past

Civil War-era rifles sit on display June 13, 2020, during the 37th annual Live History Day at the Idaho Farm and Ranch Museum at U.S. Highway 93 and Interstate 84.

In addition, Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactors from the Treasure Valley will set up camps to give visitors an idea of what life was like in the past. Northside Model Railroaders have expanded its display and the College of Southern Idaho will return to Live History Day with snakes and lizards from the Herrett Center's "Reptile Revue."

The IFARM includes an exhibit from the World War II Minidoka Relocation Center — locally known as the Hunt Camp — the Lickley family carriage house and the Canyonside Church, all of which have been relocated from their original sites.

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For the past several years, the historical society has focused on reorganizing the farm and ranch “museum,” President Jeff Mecham told the Times-News. Many of the buildings and exhibits at the IFARM need a lot of care. The historical society depends on fundraisers and donations of materials and labor from outside supporters.

"It's a never-ending project," Mecham said.

Last year's celebration, despite COVID, was "the best year we've had in a long time," he said. Mecham expects this year to be even better.

In addition to the IFARM, the historical society also operates the Jerome County Historical Museum at 212 First Ave. E. in Jerome. For more information, call the museum at 208-324-5641, or email info@historicaljeromecounty.com.

Anyone who would like to help with this year's celebration is encouraged to attend Thursday's 6 p.m. board meeting at the Canyonside Church building at the IFARM.

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