Preserving the past for the future, the Museum features a rich and in-depth collection focusing on the history of North Central Idaho, specifically, mining, ranching, farming, the Chinese in Idaho, the Nez Perce, local characters, antique weapons and more.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to preserve the rich heritage of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, Camas Prairie, Snake River, Salmon River and surrounding areas. Our 8,000 square-foot facility houses collections of more than 60,000 artifacts, with 10,000 on display.
PHOTO Healing Ceremony 2010 at Chinese Massacre Cove in Hells Canyon, Snake river.
Historical Museum as Ministry
The scope of the Museum’s work is the heritage of the Monastery of St. Gertrude and the Camas Prairie region of North Central Idaho.
Rooted in the tradition of Benedictine Spirituality, the Sisters sponsor the Museum and direct it to be a permanent, public, non-profit educational institution, which provides for the systematic collection and care of its artifacts.
Societies build upon the past. In order to preserve the past for future generations, the Museum staff accepts, preserves, and re-tells the stories connected to the artifacts. The Museum is a cultural and educational resource for guests of all ages.
The Historical Museum will:
~ Preserve artifacts within the scope of the Museum.
~ Provide a quiet, peaceful, beautiful environment in which visitors can muse on multi-cultural artifacts which bridge the past and the future.
~ Provide an experience of stability and of reverence for the past in a time of increased mobility and its resulting rootlessness.
~ Provide cultural and educational experiences for all people regardless of age, ethnic, socioeconomic status, and religious preference.
~ Make materials available for researchers, including families tracing their heritage.
~ Welcome guests with hospitality in the spirit of our founders and our Benedictine Rule.
Through the ministry of our Historical Museum,
we and our visitors are made more aware of and are
grateful for the accomplishments and lives of our ancestors.