In the late 1980’s a group of Rupert residents and some others who had grown up in Rupert met and decided to organize a society in an effort to save our history. They were aware that much of that history was being lost as each generation died. Bu 1992 we had obtained recognition as a 502(c)3, non-profit organization by the IRS. Since then, we have followed our goals of collecting, preserving, and exhibiting artifacts, photos, and documents pertaining to the many decades of our town life and its colorful inhabitants. In an effort to make that history available, we have created two (2) museums – in the former School District #4 building, which we share with the R.K. Kittay Public Library, and, in a recently restored Cobbler Shop House, now located next door. Our exhibits seek to display aspects of community life in several eras of our long history. The Cobbler Shop House is dedicated to small town life in the late 19th century.
In addition to our exhibits, we aid researchers in geneology, and events in the life of former residents. We sponsor public programs and occasional bus trips. Our museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to noon each Saturday, or by appointment.
Stop in and learn some of our vibrant history.
– Gene Higgins, Rupert Historian Laureate