In Nampa, "A Place Close to the Heart," the Museum will illustrate this closeness in its presentation of the story of Nampa and area, from the days that the Aboriginal peoples roamed, to the arrival of settlers to turn the land to farming in hope of better lives, to the challenges of the developing years, to the pride of place and community of the present. A square-cut log house built by one of the early families in the area will be featured, as well as equipment that developed the land in the area, a CN railway caboose, and a 50,000 gallon water tank we have restored that fed the trains as they passed through the Village.
The Rucka House, one of the first square-cut log houses in the area, was built in 1939. It is a unique example of the dovetail notched, square-cut log style, and the original eavestrough of a continuous length of hollowed log. It is now a permanent exhibit area with furniture, tools, equipment, clothing and personal effects illustrating the lifestyle of the early years.
The CN railway caboose contains the original couch, lavatory, heating and observation areas that typified these cars.
The water Tank was found in several pieces in a farmers field and hauled back into Nampa to be restored, most of the original pieces were there.
An array of the original equipment used to break the land and to farm the area is presented in the outdoor gallery.
In addition to the Museum, there is a Visitor Information Centre to assist travellers.