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Member NewsletterSeptember 16th, 2010 Facebook Twitter Flickr

Positive Directions for Preservation

Dear Members:

Your board has been working diligently to live up to our mission and are pleased to have accomplished a number of important goals this year. First is the addition of two board members: Shirley Chastain of Idaho Falls and Aric Spence of Sandpoint.

We have established standing committees to help us facilitate Preservation Idaho’s programs and involve the membership in more active roles. If you are not on a committee but would like to serve on one, please submit our online volunteers form to let us know your interests. Current committees are membership, advocacy, events and nominations.

We established a series of meetings with the public that led to a meeting with the Boise City Council to address the demolition review process and encourage them to make some changes. Fortunately, they seem inclined to consider our suggestions, and we hope in the future to avoid the loss of historic treasures like the Cole and Franklin elementary schools.

This month, we will wrap up another successful summer of ArchWalks. And on Sunday, October 17, the Heritage Homes Tour will feature some of the beautiful homes in the Crescent Rim Historic Neighborhood. Please be sure to join mark your calendars and join us as we tour this lovely area of Boise.

I am positive and optimistic about the direction in which Preservation is headed. It is a pleasure to serve with such dedicated people for such a great good!

Nancy Richardson
Nancy Richardson

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Boise's West End

September 30th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Register for 12:00pm
6:30pm is sold out.

Guernsey Dairy Milk Depot, Boise

Annual Heritage Homes Tour

Sunday, October 17th, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Heritage Homes Tour PosterFeaturing eight homes in the Crescent Rim Historic Neighborhood.

Tour starts at the Boise Depot.

All participants will receive a brochure with descriptions of the homes and a map. The brochure will also serve as the ticket for entry into each home.

Learn more...

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The Idaho Building

By Maria and Michael Smith

For Rent - Idaho Building

The above ad appeared regularly in the Idaho Daily Statesman in the spring of 1910—it was for office space in the brand new Idaho Building. The Idaho Building ushered in a new era for Boise—the era of “skyscrapers”—and highlighted the confidence Boiseans had in their rapidly growing city.

The Idaho Building was one of half-a-dozen six-story buildings to debut at that time. Thanks to preservationists in Boise, as well as legislation at the state and federal levels, the building remains an actively used anchor in downtown Boise today. We are featuring the Idaho Building in our newsletter to recognize its centennial.


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Minidoka Coalition Files Protective Notice of Appeal

Interior of the Potato Barn, Minidoka National Historic Site, Jerome, IdahoMinidoka National Historic Site commemorates the Japanese American internment at the Minidoka Relocation Center during the Second World War. Located in Jerome, Idaho, in the remote high desert area north of the Snake River, the facility was in operation from 1942-45 as one of ten camps in which Japanese Americans were interned during World War II. Under provisions of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, all persons of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the West Coast of the United States. Minidoka housed more than 9,000 Japanese Americans, predominantly from Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

The site was eventually listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was later established as a unit of the National Park System in 2001. Sadly, this vital historic resource is being threatened by a proposed large confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) facility just 1.2 miles from Minidoka.

Citing the proposed CAFO, in 2007, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the Minidoka National Historic Site ( as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. We at Preservation Idaho, along with many other concerned citizens, believe the preservation of the Minidoka National Historic Site's cultural resources, national history, and its development into a visitor-friendly, relevant national park are being threatened by contaminates from the proposed CAFO. We are dedicated to fighting this threat and are therefore engaged in a legal review to stop the permitting of the CAFO facility. Following the latest judicial ruling, we need your help to continue this fight.


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Exploring Main Street in Idaho

In an effort to revitalize and sustain the heart of historic communities and business districts throughout the state, Preservation Idaho, in conjunction with the Boise Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has supported the Main Street in Idaho project since fall 2009.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation developed the Main Street program in the 1970s; today, the program is active in more than 1,800 communities nationwide, working to bring historic commercial corridors back to life. The program relies on four points that work together to build a sustainable revitalization effort: Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring.


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