Current Goal:

Original 1863 Thomas Sleight Cabin

  • Preservation

  • Historical Panels

  • Electricity to Park

  • Sprinkler system


Donate above or send to

Friends United for Bear Lake

P.O Box 328

Paris, Idaho 83261

Amount raised:  $2,500           Goal: $14,000

To preserve our history and architecture through the promotion of local arts and crafts.

 Bring people together for a common cause - develop pride in our communities - preserve historic structures - promote valuable art and culture in our valley

 Sat  Sept 28, 2019   Folklore and Apple Cider Fundraiser  
                                                                                                                                           Thomas Sleight Cabin Park & Paris city Cemetery                                                              Proceeds go to the Thomas Sleight Cabin Preservation Project
         6:00 p.m.                Free doughnuts and Apple Cider, Sleight cabin
         6:45 to 7:30 p.m.    Free Organ Recital at the Kevin Smith Home
         7:45                        Cemetery walk and folklore   (cost $5.00) 

Sat Oct 19th, 2019    Why the City of Paris and the Old Courthouse Are



                                      David Amott from Utah Preservation      Paris Elementary Board Room 


Architecturally speaking , Paris is one of the richest of the Pioneer-era Mormon towns.  The courthouse was built more or less in tandem with Don Carlos Young's Bear Lake Stake Tabernacle; the two buildings make a pair. 


The Courthouse, Stake Tabernacle and the Logan Temple were all being built or prepared for at the same time.  This shows how important the courthouse was to the early settlers in the valley.

  The  Journey to  Re-purpose  the  Courthouse

Once the new Courthouse is built, the County Commissioners plan to tear the old courthouse down. 

Our goal: re- purpose the old courthouse, encourage economic and community use, and preserve its history for future generations.

"The early Saint and Settlers in the Bear Lake Valley were mostly farmers and ranchers.  They were practical people that had a vision of something that was much grander than themselves and they made it happen. "

Keep the vision alive!

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