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Pappy Boyington Museum evicted from Hayden location

Pappy Boyington Museum evicted from...

HAYDEN, Idaho - A trove of historical artifacts in Hayden will have to find a new home after the Pappy Boyington Veterans Museum was served an eviction notice.

The museum's director says they have been preparing for this for several weeks now. He says they always pay rent for the entire year at the beginning of the year, however, when they tried to negotiate rent this year, their landlord, The Hayden Lake Eagles, wouldn't get back to them. The museum even put in an offer to buy the building, but still no word from the landlord. Then, the museum received an eviction notice on January 4.

Now, volunteer must put thousands of historical artifacts into storage.

The museum says it's all about honoring the local heroes in our community, and it's important the museum continues to run.

"If you want to find out about a gentleman from Spokane who was in the 66th Fighter Group, we have his A2 jacket, we have the history of that and that's the connection," said museum director Richard LeFrancis.

The Pappy Boyington Museum is now in the process of finding a permanent location. Directors hope they will be able to build a much larger facility equipped with a gift shop and learning center.

A call to the Hayden Lake Eagles was not returned.