Welcome to the Preservation Idaho Blog!

Welcome to the Preservation Idaho website and its latest addition, this blog. The website was launched without much fanfare about a year ago and is a vast improvement on its predecessor. Over the last year, we have been able to accept donations and event registrations on-line; inform our members, friends, and the public about our mission, purpose, and programs, and more quickly update the site to more effectively communicate with our constituents. Preservation Idaho 2.0, as I like to call it, was made possible by a generous grant from the Idaho State Historical Society through their Community Grant Program.

This grant was met with an “in-kind” labor match by the team at Pete Wilson Design Works, Inc., and it was through their liberal donation that the project was conceived, designed, and implemented. Maria Walker, who, as a graphic designer, has been instrumental in the formation of the Preservation Idaho look and brand that we present to the public will continue to serve as webmaster, and without her hard work and dedication, the project would have been stalled indefinitely and the website, if completed, would never be updated with the kind of regularity that our users deserve. Preservation Idaho owes a tremendous debt of thanks to the historical society, Pete Wilson, and Maria Walker for this website which allows us to keep pace with ever-changing technology and remain relevant in this fast-paced, high-speed world.

Now I have to admit that this blog was originally intended to launch with the website. Twelve months were not meant to pass before this first posting. The delay of course has been entirely my fault. You see, I obsess over writing. I have convinced myself that unless a piece isn’t thoroughly and exhaustively researched, laboriously written, and painfully edited, it hasn’t been properly completed. This introductory post has been written and re-written perhaps a half a dozen times–both on paper and in my head. But I finally realized that the point of this blog is to act as an informal dialogue between Preservation Idaho and our constituents. It doesn’t need to be official; it simply needs to convey the thoughts and feelings of the people who post. In fact, I should be clear that the opinions expressed in this blog are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the Preservation Idaho board. So, this blog will be an informal conversation between its writers and its readers. We’ll talk about advocacy issues, travel around the state, topics that are being researched, or whatever comes into our heads. It is our goal to update the blog with new posts three to four times a month, and we’ll try to remain relevant to the general field of historic preservation, but I expect that we may occasionally stray from the subjects that one would ordinarily find in the official correspondence of the organization.

Amy Pence-BrownSo far, two additional bloggers have agreed to write for Preservation Idaho in addition to myself. The first of these is Amy Pence-Brown. Amy is a radical homemaker, writer, and art and architectural historian in Boise, Idaho.  She is a native Idahoan who received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Idaho, and her master's in art history from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Pence-Brown writes for the Boise Weekly newspaper, Treasure Valley Family magazine, and her blog Doin’ It All, Idaho Style. She serves on the Visual Arts Advisory Committee, History Committee, and as a Historic Preservation Commissioner for the City of Boise. Additionally, she is a member of Preservation Idaho, where she is chair of a group working to preserve Idaho’s mid-century structures. She loves taco trucks, the Dixie Chicks, the smell of old books, and her Snuggie.

Tully GerlachTully Gerlach has also agreed to join this venture. Tully graduated in 2010 with a Masters degree in History from Boise State University focusing on urban development in the American West. His master's thesis was on the historical development of Boise's West End. He is currently a freelance historian/researcher/teacher, and member of the History Steering Committee for the City Department of Arts and History. Tully is a third generation Boise native, who lives in the North End with wife and two little kids not far from where he grew up. He’s preparing an article for publication on the West End, teaching a workshop on Idaho literary history for BSU this spring, and developing a new history of the North End.

Dan EverhartThough quite a few of you know me, and it feels a bit awkward to form this sentence, I’m Dan Everhart. Professionally, I’m an architectural historian with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). I received my undergraduate degree in Museum Studies and History from Baylor University and studied in the historic preservation graduate program at the University of Vermont. After four years as an architectural historian with the Intermountain Region of the National Forest Service, I accepted my current position with ITD where I assist in completing the federal Section 106 process. The job allows for quite a bit of travel around the state and I intend to exploit that travel for the purposes of this blog. Between 2006 and 2010 I was the President of the Board of Trustees for Preservation Idaho. I am currently the organization’s Treasurer, and I chair the Advocacy Committee. My free time is often spent researching the next Preservation Idaho tour, reading historical non-fiction, or spending time with friends and family. If you want to know anything else, just ask.

So, there you are—the first Preservation Idaho blog post. It wasn’t actually as hard as I thought it would be. We will do our best to keep you entertained, up-to-date, and savvy to the ins and outs of historic preservation in Idaho. Please feel free to share with us on topics—relevant or not—to the blogs we post. Maybe I’ll eventually come up with a catchy sign off tag line, but until I do, I’ll just say—talk to you soon.


Mercantile Block

Saint Dan: You truly have become the sainted Mother Teresa of Idaho preservation. U B stylin' with your pink car. LMFHO.

Thanks for getting this going. I want people to know that Boise State University is working with the downtown neighbors and maybe the city on a preservation project for the 1000 block of Main Street, between the Idanha and the Owyhee. It is the last intact piece of Main without surface parking. Our college opened a storefront classroom in the Alaska Building. Together with Jacey Brain, aour excellent graduate student, we have asked for city money to put up an education kiosk and historical marker, plus some banners. This is not yet preservation. Powerful people got agitated at even the mention of rezoning. Ombalike, we tried to be pragmatic and get a little something done. But the project is just beginning. Eventually we hope to elevate the block into a historic site that people will visit. The first step toward preservation is to understand and value an interesting place.

Many people have given us photos and information. Jacey will write his masters project and propose a fuller preservation.

Also, while on the subject of BSU and preservation, our own Tricia Canady is doing a preservation workshop on Main in May. Tully Gerlach will do an April workshop on local history.

Thanks for letting me use your blog. I hope this is appropriate.

Appropriately yours,


Dan's Blog

Nice intro blog Dan! Keep it up...Preservation 2.0 is a fantastic resource and we love having more folks in Idaho join us in the web-o-sphere! Please let us know if we can help blog in the future. The BAP would be happy to contribute.

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