TWIN FALLS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC

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aka Twin Falls County Historical Society Museum   |   Filer, ID   |  www.twinfallsmuseum.org

Mission

Educational - Historical Museum
Mission Statement
Preserving the history of the Magic Valley by providing a place of interest to collect, conserve and interpret those things which make up our past, present and future.

Located in Twin Falls County, Idaho, USA

Notes from the nonprofit

Our organization has undergone numerous changes in the past few years to ensure the board and staff communicate freely and everyone understands the mission. Board members are assigned duties that coincide with their strong points and are encouraged to express any concerns or changes they would like to see. Staff and board are respectful of opposing opinions.

Ruling year info

1963

President of Historical Society

Steve Westphal

Main address

21337 A Highway 30

Filer, ID 83328 USA

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EIN

82-6009540

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working diligently to provide the community with an educational and informative museum experience by providing a fun and entertaining environment. The Twin Falls County Historical Society is improving public access through our website and social media formats. We have some local newspapers digitized and will be working on additional scanning projects for another local paper. We are currently able to provide a computer for researching these newspapers. Funding is needed to complete scanning. The Union School Building was constructed in 1914 and was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2003. The three large banks of windows have been restored and we hope to continue rehab on this old building.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Field Trips

This year we have been able to make some bus trips to the Salmon Falls Dam area in southern Twin Falls County. We have lecturers that inform about early construction of the dam and the unsatisfactory result of their original plans. The Toana Road and Diamondfield Jack are part of our speakers subjects as well as the topography and irrigation project.
This program was very successful and we will continue to offer field trips through the Historical Society. Our 2019 trips are being scheduled so check out our website at www.twinfallsmuseum.org to find the dates of these events.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The refurbishing of the metal building included a new roof and siding, lighting was installed, new walk through doors and an overhead door in the north end. This building houses the fire engine, ice wagons and other large pieces of farm equipment as well as household displays and other artifacts.
It is now open to the public during regular museum hours and is a great benefit to our display area.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The museum has a number of local newspapers from the early 1900's through about 1930 that we are having digitized so the public can use them for research or genealogy. Most are not available in digital form from any other source. The Filer Citizen Record, Kimberly Advertiser and Hollister Herald are the first papers we are having done.
The newspapers have been taken to Boise and are scanned and nearly ready for display at the museum. The board is considering how to allow access and who will host an online access point.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Field Trips

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Historical Society began using field trips as a form of historical interpretation in 2017. We provided two trips our first and hope to do four in 2018.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Field Trips

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Some lectures were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID 19, however, the museum still attracted a good number of visitors and we were able to be open most of the year.

Total number of guided tours given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tours vary from year to year, but more advertising has increased the interest of teachers with groups

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

One large project in 2017 resulted in grants written to more foundations and organizations for support of this project.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Historical Society would like to provide more educational activities on and off the museum grounds. We work in cooperation with other organizations to promote historically accurate events and programs and would like to draw more visitors to the museum on a daily basis. We are expanding our social media profiles and website to provide current and accurate information on the Historical Society and Museum.
Our primary goal is to offer the residents of Twin Falls County a historical museum that is a source of community pride, and provide visitors from other areas an educational and pleasurable experience regarding our local history.

By providing docent tours and using volunteers to promote the museum we have been able to make some progress in getting the word out about the organization. Joining with other organizations and using social media has been helpful and we are working on more advertising strategies to target individuals locally. Our online presence has grown significantly in the past few years and we are reaching a good number tourists traveling through the area. Training of staff and volunteers is more important than ever and we are working on making this an upcoming priority.

Grant writing has increased greatly in the past few years and the number of successful outcomes has been proportional. Our board functions in a civil and cooperative manner, resulting in more work in less time. Each board member knows what their position requires and is able to meet or exceed expectations. By cooperating with other historical entities we have been able to tap into their assets. The Historical Society is able to develop programs, seek and receive funding, and come to a successful conclusion. The buildings and grounds are owned by Twin Falls County and the Historical Society is responsible for the actual artifacts. We have been working with county officials to create a plan for our future.

So far, we have increased our online presence immensely and will continue to determine what works the best for us. The complete restoration project of an auxiliary storage area has increased our display area. Our ever popular fire truck is now suitable to drive in parades and other promotional events and we have been able to keep it running smoothly. The main building has had the large banks of windows replaced to nearly original but economically and ecologically sound, but there is more necessary work to keep the school building, (and other outbuildings) in good repair. Our heating system is functional, allowing us to be open throughout the year, (we no longer close unless the weather prevents a safe opening.)
COVID 19 has been a setback for the lecture series, but otherwise programs have been able to proceed as usual.
NEXT, more field trips and Saturday events including lectures and presentations.
Conservation and preservation training for volunteers working with textiles.
Digitization of more newspapers.
All this and more!

Financials

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Operations

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TWIN FALLS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Steve Westphal

Twin Falls County Historical Society

Term: 2019 - 2024


Board co-chair

Alex Kunkel

Twin Falls County Historical Society

Term: 2019 - 2024

Teresa Sept

Douglas Lincoln

Alex Kunkel

Gary Kaufman

Steve Westphal

Karen Olen

Gary Sipe

Jane Anderson

Patti Hurley

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes

Organizational demographics

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