Updated: Apr 1, 2020
If you’re looking for a great party, look no further than Kendrick, Idaho. Saturday April 25th marked a festive celebration in Kendrick, Idaho. The Juliaetta-Kendrick Heritage Foundation opened their permanent museum. This museum is the culmination of years of hard work to obtain and preserve the Fraternal Temple building in Kendrick. Entering the museum you go into a large open space that just screams for large events to be hosted there. This space had wonderful exhibits along the walls which explained the history of downtown buildings in Kendrick and Juliaetta. This exhibit traced ownership and in most cases showed images of the buildings and their various uses.
When you are at the museum, I encourage you to ask a lot of questions. First and foremost, look at the floor beneath you on the first floor it is from Mr. Walt Disney! Be sure to ask the host at the museum about how that came to pass. While you are asking questions be sure to inquire about how much their rental fees are for your next great event.
Did I mention that this was a party? Along the rest of the first floor was a fantastic spread of food and beverages for the grand opening patrons to consume as well as chairs setup to watch the historical documentaries about the Kendrick and Juliaetta region. But now let’s head upstairs to go to the museum (as if this wasn’t exciting enough).
Up a flight of stairs is an excellent example of what is possible when local historians work hard to remember and honor their heritage. Much of the grand room upstairs is filled with historic images and objects that help to tell the story of the history of the Juliaetta and Kendrick region. The entry room is dedicated to Bob and Lois Iller for all of their support of the J-K Heritage Foundation through the years. Another room in the museum is donated to Arlene Wallace, whose family donated many objects and generous funding to the museum. Remember, this is a party. To begin the afternoon the museum had a formal dedication from the pump organ and flute accompanied by a formal blessing for the space.
Walking through the museum you are surrounded by historical images, objects and information about the Juliaetta and Kendrick region. Looking at these objects it is clearly an example of local history well done. The residents of these communities the museum serves should be excited to have such a valuable historic resource located in Kendrick. I took many photos of the museum while I was there, but I thought I’d share just a few with you and encourage you to visit the museum yourself to see the rest of the exhibits.
The museum, located at 614 E Main St. in Kendrick, will be open from 1pm-3pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, I strongly recommend visiting.
Here are some photos of the museum, research room and patrons.
– Zachary Wnek Museum Curator Latah County Historical Society