The Sainte-Gertrude Historical Museum receives a grant to modernize its heating/air conditioning system | North West

COTTONWOOD — The St. Gertrude Historical Museum recently received a $35,000 grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation to replace the museum’s aging heating and cooling system.

The museum recently completed a six-year renovation project that includes several galleries and an interpretive history of the area. The old 1980 kiln has been replaced with two modern heating and cooling systems that will provide comfortable temperatures for staff and visitors and maintain artifacts at consistent temperatures.

Museum exhibits include the history of Chinese immigration to northern Idaho and artifacts discovered during a recent archaeological dig indicating human occupation in the area 16,000 years ago. The new renovation also has QR codes for those wishing to listen to interpretive stories throughout the museum.

Other exhibits include stories of mining, ranching, and agriculture in north-central Idaho, local characters, ancient weapons, and more.

In the past, the foundation has also funded other museum projects, including lighting, video surveillance, electrical upgrades, and an interactive children’s exhibit.

Remaining grant funds will be used to upgrade exhibit lighting and replace flooring in the visitor center.

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