The Salmon Grange has a long history of community use. The building served as a soup kitchen, a center for community programs, the office of the local newspaper The Herald, and is now part of the Lemhi County Historical Museum.

In 2007, the building faced uncertainty with the disbanding of inactive granges by the Idaho State Grange Association. Rather than selling the Salmon Grange to a private individual or company, the state Grange officials, in keeping with the organization’s purpose, offered the building to the Lemhi County Historical Society so it could remain in community service. Bart and Patricia Templeman made the acquisition possible with a generous donation made in memory of Patricia’s parents, Fred and Thelma Ramey. The Board of Directors purchased the Grange with a portion of their donation on behalf of the Lemhi Historical Society.

Idaho Power and the Salmon Rotary Club contributed to the preservation of the building by putting in new windows, doors, and replacing the roof. Long-range plans for the building include a new ceiling and a new paint job. Once renovations are complete the “Fred and Thelma Ramey Salmon Grange Museum” will be used for special exhibits and for the expansion of the photo department.

If you would like to contribute to this project by means of labor, materials, and or monetary donations, contact the Museum directly or simply make a donation through PayPal. All donations are tax deductible.