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Check back here often for the latest news and information about the Museum and Idaho Military Historical Society.  

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  We recently received a Japanese WWII Type 96 light machine gun.  It will go on exhibit in the WWII room in the not too distant future.


  The widly read magazine Recoil features the Idaho Military History Museum in its October (Issue 33) edition.  Click here to read:  http://www.recoilweb.com/visit-idaho-military-museum-129588.html


The Fall 2017 edition of Pass In Review is now available


We recently partnered with Amazon.com to help raise funds for the Society and Museum.  The next time you shop online, please select the Idaho Military Historical Society as your preferred charity.  We will received a commission on your purchase.  No personal information is provided.  You can access the IMHS directly via this link:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-0463824


New Item in the gift shop!  Wings Over Germany, WWII by Col Bill Coburn.  Book detailes his WWII action as a B-17 pilot with 30 missions and his tenure as a founding member of the Idaho Air National Guard.

New faces at the museum!  A very special welcome to Lt Col Stephen McHargue and Mrs. Jeannette Duval-Ward to the IMHS Board of Directors. 


 The F-86A is here!   Photos on our facebook page too! 

  We are on facebook!  Lots of photos have been posted from our recent D-Day Commemorative open house; be sure and check it out! 

  We are pleased to announce that our exterior exhibit has just expanded.  Parked next to our F4 is a MiG-21! 


  We are pleased to announce that we are the proud owners of a vintage PT-23 aircraft-a WWII-era trainer.  It is now on exhibit inside the Museum.  In conjunction with the PT-23, the WWII Gowen Field Room exhibits have been moved next to the PT-23.  These exhibits have also been revamped.


  We now have an exhibit on Idahoans in the Spanish American War, an updated exhibit on German, Japanese and U.S. WWII military equipment and the medal exhibit has been upgraded. 


  We recently unveiled an exhibit on the WWII Farragut Naval Training Station which was located in North Idaho from 1942-1946. 


  New items in the gift shop! 


  Post cards are back and now in color!


Images of America; Farragut Naval Training Station

Written by Gayle Alvarez and Dennis Woolford, IMHS Board member and Farragut Park Ranger respectively, this book is a photo history of the Farragut Naval Training Station which was located in north Idaho and was operational from 1942-1946. 

If you order your book from us, we will include a 4-page index of those named and pictured in the book. 

Click here to order - Gift Shop



First Class or Not At All,
The Idaho Air National Guard 1946-1975

Written by retired Idaho Air National Guard pilot Colonel William 'Wild Bill' Miller, it tells the story via numerous photos and extensive interviews, of the Idaho Air National Guard from 1946-1975.

Click here to order - Gift Shop


The Gowen Field Memorial Park is now linked to this website Click here:   [Gowen Field Memorial]  

Photos of the ground breaking ceremony in which Governor Otter participated are in the photo section of the [Upcoming Events] page.  If you would like to purchase a brick or coin, here are the forms:   

4x8 inch brick order form             Sample of completed order form

8x8 inch brick order form             Sample of completed order form

Commemorative Coin form

Click here for a sample brick photo

Click here for a sample coin photo

Click here for a sample coin with serial number photo
(High resolution photo)


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