|Eight Receive Idaho’s Highest History Awards
At an evening ceremony on June 6 at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, the Idaho State Historical Society honored seven individuals and Idaho Public Television for outstanding accomplishments in preserving and promoting Idaho’s heritage. Each received an Esto Perpetua Award, the state’s highest honor in the field. Named for the state motto, this was the 15th year the Society has presented Esto Perpetua Awards to individuals and organizations for professional accomplishments, public service, volunteerism, and philanthropy related to the preservation of Idaho’s history.
The Society honored the following:
“Each recipient has documented a truly exceptional level of achievement in their efforts to preserve a part of Idaho’s heritage,” said Janet Gallimore, ISHS Executive Director. “They represent a geographical balance, which clearly illustrates the widespread care that Idahoans share when it comes to our state’s historical preservation.”
Representative Linden Bateman of Idaho Falls for his tireless efforts promoting Idaho’s history, particularly his help establishing the Bonneville County Historical Society and his service on the Idaho Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Byron Bovey of Craigmont for his volunteer assistance to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society, ranging from carpentry work to the digitization of significant research collections.
Dennis Colson of Viola, the author of Idaho’s Constitution: The Ties That Bind for nearly four decades of work enlightening Idahoans about the significance of the Idaho Constitution in their daily lives.
James Gentry of Twin Falls for his long service documenting and interpreting Idaho history, particularly the Twin Falls area. The author of In the Middle and on the Edge: The Twin Falls Region of Idaho, Gentry is also a frequent contributor to the local newspaper and professional journals.
David Leroy of Boise for his years of service in bringing to light the significant relationship between Abraham Lincoln and the formation of Idaho. Later this year, ISHS will open a permanent exhibit on Lincoln and Idaho at the Idaho State Archives, featuring the remarkable donation of Lincoln memorabilia given to the Society by David and Nancy Leroy.
John Mock of Lewiston for many years of volunteer effort to preserve Lewiston’s heritage, particularly leading the efforts to reconstruct Idaho’s first territorial capitol, which will be dedicated in Lewiston on July 10, a significant lasting legacy of the 2013 Territorial Sesquicentennial.
Janie Schautt of Emmett for her work identifying the graves of more than 1,000 veterans interred in Gem County cemeteries, and compiling biographical information and photographs of each for the research collection of the Gen County Historical Society.
Idaho Public Television’s Outdoor Idaho which, in its 30 years, has focused public attention on numerous history and heritage programs, including “Living Legends,” “Pathways of Pioneers,” and “A Sawtooth Celebration.”
60/60: Celebrating the 60s, July 26
Which 60s are you,1860 or 1960? Do you prefer Lincoln to Kennedy or martinis to whiskey shots? Join us for our 60/60 dueling-decades event decked out in your best 60s costume at the Idaho Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive. Tickets are $20, or $15 for ISHS members, and the doors open at 6:30. Enjoy a night of surprises: Wild West and mod bars, games, psychedelic activities, dancing, era music with the Vinyl Preservation Society, prizes, and more! Discover infamous characters in our Essential Idaho exhibit, and get your groove on to all things Idaho. One free drink and appetizers included with ticket price. For tickets or information visit our webpage. check out the Idaho State Historical Museum on Facebook, or call 208-334-2120.
Community Grant Guidelines Soon Available
At the end of June, ISHS will post guidelines and application materials for its 2013 Community Grants. Visit our webpage for more information. In 2012, the Society funded 15 grants for a wide diversity of projects to help preserve Idaho’s heritage. The Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise received $2,050 for a project to help preserve the Cyrus and Mary Jacobs House; the City of Hailey received $2,500 for a new exhibit at the Werthheimer Park Welcome Center; and the Bingham County Historical Society received $2,050 to purchase archival supplies to preserve the Society’s significant historic photograph collection. For more information on the Community Grants program and the types of projects that can be funded, contact Keith Petersen or 208-882-1540. The application deadline will be in September.
Registration Open for Heritage Conference
The State Historical Society is pleased to be a partner in planning what will be the largest heritage conference held in Idaho in decades. Along with Idaho Heritage Trust, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Idaho Association of Museums, Preservation Idaho, and the Idaho Archaeological Society the Society will sponsor “Idaho’s Heritage Conference: Building Our Story, Expanding Our Reach,” on September 25-27 at the State Capitol. Brent Glass, former Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will be the featured keynoter. Glass led the two-year, $85 million renovation of the National Museum, including the remarkable new exhibit gallery for the Star Spangled Banner. Whether you are a professional historian, archaeologist, teacher, student, community leader, or volunteer at a museum or preservation commission, this is a conference you will not want to miss. Registration is now open.
Mexican Consulate Honors Jesse Berian
In May, the Mexican Consulate in Boise honored Jesse Berain with the Ohtli Award, given annually in recognition of contributions to the development of the Mexican community living abroad. Berain became only the third Idahoan to receive the prestigious award. Berain arrived in Idaho in the 1950s to work in the state’s onion, potato, and beet fields. In 1969 he became the first director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission, and after a stint in the Idaho legislature in the 1990s, Governor Phil Batt named him Director of the Office on Aging. He also worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Bureau of Land Management. Berain labored for years to extend workers’ compensation insurance and the minimum wage to farm workers; encouraged Catholic churches to hold Mass in Spanish; and was instrumental in the development of the Hispanic Cultural Center. In the 1990s, ISHS interviewed Berain multiple times as part of its Idaho Oral History Collection, and we now extend our congratulations to Jesse Berain for this well-deserved recognition.
Two Important “Idaho at 150” Events Upcoming
After years of fundraising and hard work, Lewiston residents have completed the reconstruction of Idaho’s original capitol. (See left; photo by Melva Mock.) A dedication ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. on July 10 in Lewiston, at the intersection of 12th Street and Main. July 10 marks the 150th anniversary of the day that first Territorial Governor William Wallace arrived in Lewiston to establish territorial government. The original building, since demolished, was the meeting site of the first two Idaho territorial legislatures and served as Idaho’s capitol from 1863-65. Here Idaho’s first laws and regulations were established, and the structure of territorial government created. Reconstruction of the structure will provide educational opportunities for generations, and will serve as one of the outstanding lasting legacies of the Territorial Sesquicentennial.
Just as Lewiston’s effort to reconstruct Idaho’s first capitol will be a significant lasting legacy of the Territorial Sesquicentennial, the outstanding legacy of the Territorial Centennial in 1963 was the reconstruction of historic Fort Hall. For 50 years, the immaculate replica has stood in Pocatello’s Ross Park, where it has served to interpret Idaho history to thousands of school children, Idaho residents, and tourists. On July 4-6, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, the replica will be the site of traditional foods demonstrations, Indian arts and crafts, historical presentations, and a Mountain Man Rendezvous in recognition of “Idaho at 150.” The events are sponsored by the Bannock County Idaho at 150 Committee.
Special Commemorative Issue of Idaho Landscapes Now Available
Some of the state’s outstanding historians have contributed articles to the latest edition of Idaho Landscapes, a special commemorative volume entitled “Idaho in 1863.” The team of writers brings new perspectives and interpretations to Idaho’s territorial period. Their stories are encased in a full-color, richly illustrated journal jointly published by the Historical Society, University of Idaho, and Idaho State University. It represents some of the finest writing ever done on territorial Idaho.
The authors reflect on the landscape encountered by Idahoans in 1863; the difficult relations between Idaho’s Indians, who had lived her for millennia, and newcomers; the impact of federal policies on Idaho’s early development; the diversity of characters who made up early Idaho; and that time in 1863-64 when Idaho was, literally, a lawless territory.
Perhaps no quarter century in Idaho history more dramatically shaped the state of the 21st century than the territorial period, 1863-1890. This issue of Idaho Landscapes brings to readers the latest scholarship, and compelling writing, on this important era. It is the perfect way to “Get Territorial,” providing the historical foundation for appreciating the upcoming sesquicentennial events. And it makes a beautiful gift.
Idaho Landscapes is available for $8 at the Idaho State Historical Museum Store, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, or by contacting Kimberly Baker at 208-334-2682.
|Save the Date!
Mark your calendars now for these upcoming events. And check our website
for more information.
Essential Idaho Exhibit, Through December 31
Essential Idaho: 150 Things That Make the Gem State Unique,
the Idaho State Historical Museum’s tribute to the Territorial Sesquicentennial, and the largest exhibit ever undertaken by ISHS, continues at the State Museum at 610 N. Julia Davis Drive in Boise. Come learn about 150 people, places, and events that make Idaho special, nominated by Idaho residents. From 3 million year old horses to a 2012 Olympic champion, the best of Idaho is here. The summer museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00-5:00, and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-5:00.
Early Governors Exhibit, Through August 18
“Early Governors of Idaho, 1863-1913” is now on view at the Garden Level of the Idaho Capitol. As part of the Idaho at 150 commemoration, these paintings by Herbert A. Collins highlight the governors who helped shape the territory and the early State of Idaho. For more information contact Michelle Lynch
Brown Bag Lecture Series
Please Note Change in Venue:
Because the State Historical Museum will host the special territorial sesquicentennial exhibit, Essential Idaho: 150 Things That Make the Gem State Unique,
the Brown Bag series for summer 2013 will move to the Trustee Dorm at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. For more information about Brown Bag Lectures, contact Anne Schorzman
at 208-334-2120, ext. 12.
July 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
”Territorial Tales, Old Penitentiary 1872-1889,” with Amber Beierle, Old Pen Administrator
August 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
“Essential Idaho Mining History,” with Virginia Gillerman, geologist with the Idaho Geological Survey
Other Events for your Calendars
Singin’ in the Slammer, June 14
Family Night at the Old Pen July 12
On May 10, the Old Idaho Penitentiary kicked-off a new annual series called Second Fridays. The first-ever event featured a Wild West Field Day with activities based on an actual 1971 day of activities conducted by prisoners on site. The family-friendly day included potato sack races, squirt gun quick-draw, and calf roping. On June 14th
get ready for “Singin’ in the Slammer.”
This latest installment of Second Fridays includes karaoke, beer, wine, and pizza! The event is for adults only, so be ready to croon your prison blues. 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., last admission 9:00 p.m. Cost is $5.
On July 12, 6:00-10:00 p.m. is an after-hours family event at the Old Pen. Admission is $5; $3 for kids.
Ben Kemper's Summer Story-Telling Series Begins June 28
Ben Kemper has been telling stories since he was nine years old, representing Idaho in national competitions. He writes short stories and has apprenticed with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, acting in several professional productions. He wrote these tales with the support of a grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History, the youngest recipient ever to be awarded a grant. He is currently a student at Northwestern University.
For his summer series,
Ben will be telling five unique stories about Idaho history. There will be Basque sheepherders, Chinese pharmacists, Boise African Americans, Shoshones and Bannocks returning to sacred lands, and a Mexican packer. Different stories will be told on different days and at different venues, eight presentations in all, free and open to the public. The first is June 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Prospector Room of the State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive. View the full Ben Kemper summer schedule
Hands-on History, First Saturdays
On the First Saturday of the month, through December 7, the Historical Museum will host Hands-on History programs. The programs highlight themes in the Museum’s featured exhibit, Essential Idaho: 150 Things That Make the Gem State Unique
. Hands on History programs will consist of games, activities, and crafts for the whole family from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Essential Idaho
runs until December 31, 2013. Hands-on History for July 6 will feature “Family Olympics in the Great Outdoors,” and the topic for August 3 will be “Wild Idaho: Bears, Camas Root, and Otters, Oh My!” Hands on History is free with the price of admission. For more information contact Kurt Zwolfer
at 208-334-2120, ext. 11.
Wine, Eats and Artifacts to Benefit Lincoln Exhibit
The Foundation for Idaho History invites you to join them in supporting the Idaho State Historical Society at a delicious “Wine, Eats, and Artifacts” fundraising event on August 8 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Attendees will get a “sneak peek” at the Lincoln Legacy Exhibit. The exhibit will open to the public on November 19, the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Wine, Eats, and Artifacts will be held at the Idaho History Center, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, the future home of the Lincoln Legacy Exhibit. Come see a sampling of the extraordinary artifacts so generously gifted to the ISHS from David and Nancy Leroy. This one-of-a-kind exhibition will emphasize and commemorate the Lincoln connection to Idaho. This is a ticketed event with limited availability. For reservations or more information please contact Dax Chizum
at (208) 334-2682.
Idaho State Historical Society Board of Trustees
District 1, Hayden Lake
District 2, Genesee
District 3, Emmett
District 4, Boise
Tom Blanchard, Chair
District 5, Bellevue
District 6, Pocatello
District 7, Salmon
Janet L. Gallimore
Foundation for Idaho History
Friends of the Historical Museum and Old Pen
State Historical Records Advisory Board
Friends of Stricker Ranch, Hansen, ID
Franklin Pioneer Association and the City of Franklin
J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum and the City of Pierce
Historic Sites Review Board
Archaeological Survey of Idaho Board
Idaho Geographic Names Advisory Council
Governor’s Lewis and Clark Trail Committee
The Idaho State Historical Society is an extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources comprised of the Idaho State Historical Museum, Idaho State Archives, State Historic Preservation Office, and Historic Sites Program. We seek to inspire, enrich and engage all Idahoans by leading the state in preserving, sharing, and using history and cultural resources relevant to today to inform and influence the future.