About Us

Dry Creek Historical Society Mission Statement


It is the mission of the Dry Creek Historical Society to inspire respect for the past; to enrich our understanding of the present through historic preservation; to contribute to the preservation of the agricultural history of Ada County and the Dry Creek Valley; to preserve and support the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead; and to partner with local and regional history organizations to promote a vibrant connection among the past, present and future.

Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead Mission


It is the mission of the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead to serve as an agricultural history learning center for the Dry Creek Valley; to convey to the public the importance of Idaho's agricultural history through exhibits, school programs, living history events, site tours and educational speakers; and to preserve and protect the material culture of the Farmstead's past.

Historic Preservation and Archaeology

The Farmstead contains one of the oldest intact houses in the State of Idaho.  The site is listed in the National Register for its significance in the agricultural history of the state.  The site is valued both for it's historic building and as an important archaeological site.  As managers of the historic site, the DCHS follows the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the preservation of historic properties.  Careful adherence to the standards ensures that the Farmstead retains its irreplaceable historical integrity and retains its listing in the National Register.

We've Been Recognized!


January 23, 2022 - Interview with KIVI's Don Nelson

Our very own director and historian, Jay Karmales, was interviewed on KIVI's Channel 6.  Jay tells the history of the farmstead with some fun facts that you likely have not heard before! This interview aired on January 23, 2022.  Please click below to view.














June 26, 2021 - Preservation Idaho Award - Onions and Orchids

The Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead Granary Historic Restoration Project in Dry Creek is awarded an Excellence in Historic Preservation. The Boise State University Construction Management Association and Chairman Dr. Casey Cline did an incredibly thorough job with this historic restoration, ensuring that the materials were properly replicated or milled and more.  Click here for more information!



















DCHS were the first Idaho recipients of the Alfred E. Corey Award from the American Association for State and Local History, and Idaho Governor, C. L. "Butch" Otter declared September 17, 2009 as Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead Day.



Orchid Award from the Preservation Idaho for our historic preservation work on the Farmstead.

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Boise, Idaho 83714