A Simple History

The building currently known as The Arbor, was originally The First Baptist Church of Idaho Falls. This building was not the original, but was actually constructed during the 1950s. The First Baptist Church of Idaho Falls as founded by ten charter members in August 1884, under the calling and insiration of Rebecca Mitchell. Because of her restless effort, a chapel was built and dedicated in November of that year. Over the years, that building also housed th areas first school and library. In the late 1950's the growing congregation bought its sight on John Adams Parkway and constucted the current building.

Mrs. Mitchell came here as a self-supporting missionary and curch worker in June 1882. On Sunday, June 11, 1884, she held the first Sunday school. This was organized in the little board shanty in which she lived June 11, 1882. The day after the Sunday school was organized, this couragious woman organized the first day of school and so became the first school teacher in Idaho Falls. There was no suitable building for the Sunday school and day school, so part of her own home was used as a school room and fitted up with wooden boxes to serve as desks. All the time Mrs. Mitchell was working to build a church. As soon as she came, she set to work to raise money for this purpose. She received considerable help from benevolent Baptists in the New England states, to whom she had written, stating the needs of the new country. The church was organized with the help of Reverend Lamb and Reverend Spencer, August, 1884, just two years after Mrs. Mitchell's arrival here. Work had begun at once, and though it is almost impossible to realize, the church building was finished three months from the time of organization and was dedicated in November, 1884. The building was the first church edifice erected between Ogden and Butte. and the only chruch building in eastern Idaho. The frame building, which stood there for more than 70 years, became a community meeting place. It had to be greatly enlarged in 1934, but by the 1950's was too small to handle the task, so the new church was built on John Adams Parkway.  

Not only does The Arbor Event Center offer a variety of beautiful amenities, 
the rich history also offers unique character to any special occasion.