Saturday, September 14, 2013

Ah, look at all the lovely people: Rigby, Idaho's historical museum

One of our favorite things to do when passing through America's small, out-of-the-way towns is to take a look inside the local museums and historical societies. There you will find proud tributes to people and things outsiders might find mundane or trivial but that are of great meaning to the locals. The small eastern Idaho community of Rigby has a terrific museum that is actually a twofer: the Jefferson County Historical Society shares space with the Farnsworth TV & Pioneer Museum, commemorating Philo T. Farnsworth, Rigby native and inventor of television. And all of this is housed in a former motel, adding to the quaint roadside ambiance. Here's looking at you, Rigby, with your TV inventors, atomic quilts, big-haired lady composers, stuffed bears and breastfeeding manuals on display. We'll be here remembering you, wearing the face that we keep in the jar by the door.


Mod Betty / said...

That is awesome! not only for the TV musee/Motel but the fact that our dog is named Rigby. Now in addition to saying to people, " know, like Eleanor Rigby" we can say, "you know, like the place where TV was invented!" He's a Retro Roaddog for sure :-)

Gunnar and Sherry said...

If you get another dog, you could name him McKenzie and darn his socks in the night when there's nobody there!

Jann Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing this fantastic collection of Americana!