By Joyce Andrus
The Kuna Historical Society (KHS) is dedicated to discovering and preserving Kuna’s history and making it accessible to the public. The Society is working on determining the best procedure to digitally record oral histories for posterity; and they want to hear your stories.
If you or someone you know lived in the area in the early to mid-1900s, Dave Lyon, KHS President, would like to arrange an interview to record your tales. Just think how wonderful it would be to have family memories preserved as part of Kuna’s history!
The KHS also sponsors walking tours, field trips and lecture series. Watch for announcements of upcoming events including a rail tour by car and a viewing of a pitch video about Morley Nelson that PBS is interested in making into a documentary. The Western Heritage Foundation is assisting with this wonderful project.
Last summer, KHS sponsored an enlightening guided tour hosted by Aldis Garsvo. It started at the Kuna Visitor Center and included stops at the Pioneer Cemetery, Initial Point, Dedication Point, and Swan Falls Dam Museum. Along with the invigorating hike and breathtaking views, some long-time residents were excited to learn new facts and stories about pioneer life and Kuna’s important role in the development of modern hydroelectric power!
Since it is Kuna’s sesquicentennial this year, the KHS has plans to help with beautifying the bridge and greenbelt. Official recognition will be during Kuna Days in August. Look for KHS’s booth where you will be able to sign up to join or just share your stories.
The Society is trying to locate pictures of the 15-Mile House Station. They consider this acquisition as the “Holy Grail” of Kuna pictures. The station was also known as Ten Mile, Owyhee, Ford’s Station and Seaman’s. A picture should indicate that the station was large enough to house individuals and corrals for horses. If you have any old pictures that you don’t know what the subject is, the KHS would be excited to view them.
You can contact President Dave Lyon at (208) 861-9131 if you have a story to tell or want to join the KHS. You can also check out their web site at Kunahistoricalsociety.org and “like” them on Facebook. Now you know!