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Quarterly Member NewsletterApril 27, 2011 Facebook Twitter Flickr

In this issue:

President’s Letter

Dear Members:

Spring is just around the corner, and Preservation Idaho is busy planning our 34th Annual Orchids and Onions Awards at the Historic Weiser Union Pacific Depot on Saturday, May 14. Please plan to attend and celebrate the passionate projects around the state that will be awarded for their excellence in preservation. Information and directions are available on our website.

Our Valentine’s Day “Sweet on Idaho” fundraiser, held at the iconic Idaho Candy Company building in Boise, was a great success, far surpassing our dreams! I do believe we will reenact the event next year. So if you missed out this year, you will have another chance to “share the love” of preservation, fun and delicious treats!

This legislative season gave us two opportunities to meet with our legislators. The Idaho Heritage Partners met with seven friends of preservation at the second annual Legislative Round Table in early February for a chance to share ideas and ask questions. We also participated in the early March Legislative Luncheon to support the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Heritage Trust. Attendees received a screen saver featuring some of the many projects we have saved and restored.


Mission Statement:
Preservation Idaho is dedicated to preserving
the state's historic and cultural treasures
through education and advocacy.
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Nancy Richardson
Nancy Richardson

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PaleoIdaho!May is Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month

2011 Theme: PaleoIdaho!

Every year the State Historic Preservation Office partners with universities, organizations, communities and individuals to bring a month full of free activities to the public. These events are scheduled throughout the state.

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34th Annual Orchids & Onions Awards

Orchids & OnionsSaturday, May 14
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Weiser Union Pacific Depot
1 State Street, Weiser, Idaho

Member tickets are $20.

Lunch and building tours of Downtown Weiser, the Pythian Castle and the Depot are included.

Buy tickets online at the member price

Purchase tickets at the door with cash or check only.

Weiser sound too far? We are offering shuttle service from Boise and Caldwell to Weiser. As a bonus, the shuttle will make a quick stop in Payette for riders to tour the newly renovated Portia Club. $20 per person.

More about the awards

Free Bicycle Tour

Mediterranean-influenced architecture on the Boise Bench

Saturday, May 21
Space is very limited.
Registration required.

11:00 a.m. tour

2:00 p.m. tour

5:00 p.m. tour

Mediterranean-influenced architecture
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Log Cabin Restoration & Preservation Workshop

May 9-12 in Caldwell, Idaho
One-Day and Four-Day Sessions
AIA Credit Available

Join Joe Gallagher of Heritage Preservation Resource as he teaches a one-day and four-day workshop on log cabin restoration and preservation. The workshop will include classroom sessions in the morning and field work in the afternoon.

View workshop agenda and learn how to register

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The Standrod Mansion

By Christina Phillips

The Standrod Mansion, PocatelloFrom the late 1800s through the early 1900s, homes in Pocatello, Idaho, were being constructed from lavish, hard-to-find materials brought in daily by railroad trains around the country to railroad workers who were building homes they had previously only been able to dream of. But Pocatello’s most beautiful home was built from local materials for a man who was not a “railroader.” Read more...

(Photo courtesy of the Bannock County Historical Museum)

Membership Drive

Membership Drive

5 Gift Memberships or Referrals =
2 Heritage Home Tour tickets

Complete one of the following by September 30, 2011:

  • Recruit 5 friends to become members. Make sure your friends list your name either on their check in the Memo section or in the “Referred by” field on our online membership form.
  • Purchase 5 gift memberships. Now easy to do with our online gift membership form.
  • Combine the two options above.

Our annual Heritage Homes Tour will be on Sunday, October 2 featuring 17th and 18th Streets in Boise’s North End.

Idaho Modern: Meet the Mod Squad

Idaho Modern

Idaho Modern is Preservation Idaho’s newest advocacy committee. Its goals include planning tours, exhibitions and lectures, researching buildings, and serving as an advocate for Modern design. The group’s leadership, called the Mod Squad, meets monthly to plan educational events such as tours, exhibitions and lectures; research landmarks; organize field trips; and serve as advocates for Modern design. Read more...

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From the Blog Roll

Have you kept up with our bloggers?

Amy Pence-BrownAmy Pence-Brown kicked off her blog with ruminations On Homemaking, Hot Springs and Historic Preservation and most recently about Architecture for All Ages.

Tully GerlachTully Gerlach introduces himself and his ambitions for his blog in his intimate piece In From the Cold.


Dan EverhartDan Everhart goes Mad for Mod in Boise and Palm Springs, and in case you missed it, he also wrote the first post Welcome to the Preservation Idaho Blog!

Sweet on Idaho


Preservation Idaho members Bob & Robin Young share their experience at Sweet on Idaho at their blog Our Retirement in Idaho. Thank you for the kind words!

More event photos on our Flickr photostream

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Friends of Minidoka Letter-Writing Campaign

In response to the latest legal setback regarding a confined animal feedlot operation (CAFO) near the historic Minidoka site, the Friends of Minidoka (FoM) have started a letter-writing campaign and need your help!

Download a Sample Letter Donate to the FoM Legal Fund
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Grant Writer Hired

Grant writingIn the perpetual search for additional funding, Margaret Marti is preparing a report of possible granting sources for Preservation Idaho. Working closely with Sheri Freemuth and John Bertram, she will present her findings to the board in May.

All Preservation Idaho supporters are encouraged to scour lists or websites for like organizations or similar projects and submit those suggestions to her. “A large part of applying to granting organizations is getting acquainted with their goals and guidelines first,” Margaret says. “And every idea is worth researching further.” Margaret can be reached at 426-8996 or

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“Best Old House Neighborhood”

Lewiston’s Normal Hill has been names “best old house neighborhood” in Idaho in the April issue of This Old House. Criteria included the neighborhood’s architectural diversity, craftsmanship of homes, preservation momentum in the area, walkability, safety, and community.

Bylaws Online

Our current bylaws are now available for download at our website.

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Pre-register for 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ArchWalk Season Pass
Pre-register for 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ArchWalk Season Pass

2011 ArchWalk Season

Preservation Idaho’s 2011 ArchWalk season is just around the corner. This popular program will feature four guided walking tours in various locations around Boise on the last Thursday of the summer months—June 30, July 28, August 25, and September 29.

Scheduling is not yet finalized, but you can look forward to a downtown walk led by Don Watts of the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office as well as Tully Gerlach’s sequel to last year’s tour of Boise’s West End.

Get a season pass to four ArchWalks and ensure that your space is reserved. $35 for members.

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May Fettucine Forum

Boise 360: Preservation, New Media, and the Boise Architecture Project

Doug StanWiensThe Fettuccine Forum is proud to present Doug StanWiens as the featured speaker May 5, 2011 at the final forum of the 2010-2011 season. Mr. StanWiens’ discussion will explore some current uses of new technology in building communities focused on preservation and local history when he presents “Boise 360: Preservation, New Media, and the Boise Architecture Project.” More details

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Call For Papers: Taming the West

SAHMDRThe annual conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians will be held in historic Boise, Idaho, October 7-9, 2011. Taming the West: Changing Landscapes and Resource Extraction is the theme for the 2011 event. Conference planners are now soliciting papers for presentation at the meeting. Papers may address reclamation sites (dams, canals, etc), mining sites, forest/timber, recreation sites (primarily US Forest Service), or military facilities. Please read the Call for Papers for more information on submissions, due May 14, 2011.

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Thank You

New and renewing members since January 2011

Bruce Ballenger
Angela Degni
Dominick Dorazio, Jr.
Cindy Everhart
Frank Fraser
Dick & Barbara Garrett
Diana Hobart Dicus
Jody Hull
Cheryl Hysell & Family
Truman Keith
Karen Kelley

Bonnie Lindsey
Margaret Marti
Caroline & David Morris
Betty Munis & Dave New
Marc Münch
Ken Nill & Family
Diana Painter
Rick Poplack
Marlys Saltzer
Diane Scott
Jany Rae Seda

Jon Swarthout
Doug Tims
David Valentine
Carolyn Wolfe
Elizabeth Yates
Barz Young & Family
Bob & Robin Young
Rosemary Zimbelman
Caldwell Historic
   Preservation Commission

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