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Orchids & Onions

Orchids & Onions

Since 1977, Preservation Idaho has hosted the annual Orchids & Onions Awards, a ceremony designed to celebrate those individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation, and in turn, to bring awareness to those projects which have shown an insensitivity to historic preservation.

Awards Ceremony Information:

Location: The Community Library, 415 Spruce Avenue North, Ketchum, Idaho 83340

Date: May 20, 2017

Time:  2:30pm - Doors Open, attendees may view the Hemingway Collection at the library

3:30 PM - Ceremony to begin

4:30-5:30 - Reception with drinks and light appetizers

Tickets are now on sale.  Click on the 2:30 time slot to purchase them.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members (plus fees)

To get member pricing you must log into your Preservation Idaho account first.

If you have any questions, please call (208) 424-5111

Event Sponsors:   Thank you to Roots Family History™ Custom Framing and Printing for providing Giclee Certificates


Field Trip Information:

Your ticket to the awards ceremony also provides the opportunity for a private tour of the Sun Valley Museum of History, including some areas not usually open to the public.  Located in the historic Forest Service Park, the museum buildings feature two exhibition spaces and a collections center. Under the library’s direction, the 1933 buildings, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, showcase exhibits that detail the region’s cultural heritage: from the first inhabitants, to miners and ranchers, to destination skiers, to artists and athletes.

Private Tours will be held at 11 AM, 12 PM, and 1 PM.  You must be registered for the tour.

The 30-minute tour will include:

  • The history of the seven Ketchum Ranger District buildings; 3 of which are museum buildings 
  • The warehouse, including the interior of the building 
  • A tour of “Railroad Ties: tracking the history of Sun Valley” 
  • A tour of “Ernest Hemingway: At Home in Idaho,” .  There are 4 other smaller exhibits in this building
  • Additional materials on the Ranger District buildings such as drawings

You are welcome to linger at the library after your tour.  If you previously registered for the field trip, your field trip time will remain the same.

This link will help you plan additional time in Ketchum.  You can download and print historic tor maps for "Hemingway in Idaho" or "Historic Walking Tour of Ketchum"


 Hotel Accomodations:

A block of rooms is available at the beautiful Limelight Hotel.  You can contact them directly by phone 855-441-2250 and ask for the Orchids and Onions special rate ($119). The  room block is good through April 27th so book early.


This Year's Recipients:

Excellence in Historic Preservation:
  • Fremont County Courthouse - St. Anthony: award to County Commissioners Jordan Stoddard, Lee Miller, and Bill Baxter
Contribution to Historic Preservation:
  • Sturiale Place - Boise: award to Rita Sturiale for relocating and rehabilitating the Wood House from the Central Addition 

  • Jones House - Boise: award to Frank and Kathy Eld for relocating and restoring the Jones house from the Central Additon

  • The Vault (former Bank of Meridian) - Meridian: award to Josh Evarts

Cultural Heritage Preservation:
  • The Garage Cafe - Notus: award to Heather and Scott Zimmerman


Distinguished Preservationist:
  • Belinda Davis for over 30 years of services with SHPO/State Historical Society
Heritage Stewardship:
  • Hemingway House - Ketchum: award to the Nature Conservancy
Friend of Preservation:
  • Judge Walker
  • Alan Minskoff

Scott Chandler Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship:

  • Greg Marsters
Contact: For additional information about the recipients, photos, the award process, or to speak with a Preservation Idaho representative, contact Jamee at 863-899-1868 or jamee@preservationidaho.org