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 Mission Statement:

The Museum of North Idaho collects, preserves and interprets the history of the Coeur d'Alene Region. to foster appreciation of the area's heritage.

 Vision Statement:

We envision a place with exciting and innovative exhibits and programs, a destination for residents and visitors alike. A quality museum facility depicting the rich history of the Coeur d'Alene Region will be an attraction to downtown and a source of community pride.

Our Ends Policies are:

  • Implementation of this mission will give the community and its visitors an awareness, understanding and appreciation of the area's cultural heritage.
  • A community that understands its past develops community pride, which leads to involvement and support of historical programs, projects and preservation.
  • To achieve its mission the Museum has a comprehensive collection of artifacts and materials that reflect the history of the area. The collection is preserved, exhibited and is available to the general public and researchers according to professional museum standards.

History of the Museum
of North Idaho:

Museum of North Idaho Board of Directors to April 2019

Julie Gibbs, President
John McTear, Vice President
Connie McGee, Secretary
Tom Richards, Treasurer
Frank Darlington
Mike Dixon


Director Dorothy Dahlgren
Program & Marketing Director Robert Singletary
Bookkeeper Lisa Hunt, CPA

In the 1960s the North Idaho Hoo Hoo Club, an organization of loggers, lumbermen and foresters, entertained the idea of establishing a museum of logging and lumbering. The Articles of Incorporation were approved on May 1, 1968 encompassing all the history of the five North Idaho counties. Over the years the scope of the Museum narrowed from all of North Idaho to the Coeur d’Alene Region.

Through the efforts of volunteers and community support the Museum of North Idaho opened its doors on the North Idaho College in the Fort Sherman Powder Magazine July 28, 1973.

In a few years the Museum outgrew the building and approached the City of Coeur d'Alene about a vacant building located next to the City Park. With community support this 1960s era building was remodeled and opened in 1979. The Museum maintains the building and the City donates the use of the building and maintenance of the grounds.

Director, Dorothy Dahlgren, a Coeur d'Alene native, was hired in 1982. She has a B.S. degree in Museum Studies and History from the University of Idaho and a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga. Robert Singletary was hired in 2012 as the Program and Marketing Director. He brings local history alive through articles, lectures and tours. Lisa Hunt is our part-time bookkeeper. The Museum is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. The organization is overseen by a nine member Board of Trustees. Museum of North Idaho's 990 form.

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