Once the office of a local newspaper, The Herald, this building has a long history of community use: it served as the Salmon Grange, a soup kitchen, a center for community programs, and is now part of the Lemhi County Historical Museum. In 2007, the Idaho State Grange Association disbanded inactive granges. 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 portion of their generous donation in memory of Patricia’s parents, Fred and Thelma Ramey, the Board of Directors purchased the Grange on behalf of the Society.

Both Idaho Power and the Salmon Rotary Club contributed to the preservation of the building, putting in new windows, doors, and replacing the roof. Long-range plans include a new ceiling and a new paint job. Once renovations are completed, the “Fred and Thelma Ramey Salmon Grange Museum” will be used for special exhibits and for the expansion of the photo department. Contributions for this project (labor, materials, monetary donations) can be made by contacting the Museum directly or by making a donation through Pay Pal. All donations are tax deductible.

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