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Affiliate Boards

Affiliate Boards

A Closer Look

The Idaho State Historical Society engages community by building on shared experiences and inspiring further action and understanding.  In order to accomplish agency funding and program goals, ISHS relies upon a broad range of private, non-profit, affiliated organizations and partners.

The Idaho State Historical Society engages community by building on shared experiences and inspiring further action and understanding.  In order to accomplish agency funding and program goals, ISHS relies upon a broad range of private, non-profit, affiliated organizations and partners.

Foundation for Idaho History

The Foundation for Idaho History, is a private, IRS determined 501(c)(3) non-profit and serves as the fund raising, fund management  and endowment organization to support and promote Idaho history through the work of the Idaho State Historical Society, a state agency.

The Foundation Board of Directors is composed of representatives throughout the State who are leaders in their communities and are passionate about Idaho history.  In addition to ongoing fundraising programs, the Foundation organizes the “Wine, Eats and Artifacts” event each year.

Friends of the Historical Museum

The Friends of the Historical Museum is a private, IRS determined non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by individual, foundation, and corporate gifts. The Friends mission is to provide support and resources to the Idaho State Historical Museum and the Old Idaho Penitentiary.  In addition to fundraising, the Friends provide logistic and financial support for some of the museum's popular programs including the Brown Bag Lecture Series, Museum Comes to Life and the annual “What’s It Worth?” event.

State Historical Records Advisory Board

The mission of the Idaho State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), is to be an advocate for the creation, preservation, dissemination and use of information that accurately chronicles the people and institutions of Idaho, both public and private.  Funded in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Board meets four times a year to review new NHPRC grant applications and to coordinate statewide historical records concerns.

Friends of Stricker Ranch

The Friends of Stricker provide management and financial support at the Rock Creek Station and Stricker Ranch Historic site.  In partnership with ISHS staff, Friends of Stricker manage the preservation and interpretive programs at the site.

Franklin Pioneer Association and the City of Franklin

The Franklin Pioneer Association and the City of Franklin provide management and financial support at the Franklin Historic District. In partnership with ISHS staff, the Franklin Pioneer Association and the City of Franklin manage the preservation and interpretive programs at the site.

J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum

The J Howard Bradbury Logging Museum provides management at the Pierce Courthouse historic site. In partnership with ISHS staff, the Logging Museum manages the preservation and interpretive programs at the site.

Historic Sites Review Board

In fulfillment of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the board serves in an advisory role to the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in matters regarding Historic Preservation programs and policy. The key duties of the board include: review of National Register of Historic Places nominations for accuracy and adequacy; review and comment about the state’s comprehensive statewide historic preservation plan and the state’s annual historic preservation fund grant program; and general advice and guidance to the State Historic Preservation Officer as needed.   The board is appointed by the Idaho State Historic Preservation officer.

Archaeological Survey of Idaho Board

The Archaeological Survey of Idaho (ASI) is the lead state entity for long-term curation of archaeological collections in Idaho and management of archaeological data.  An advisory board for ASI includes the following members:  the State Archaeologist; the academic vice presidents of the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Boise State University or their designated representatives; the governor or his designated representative, and a member of the public.

Idaho Geographic Names Advisory Council

Each state establishes a state names authority or board to provide recommendations and opinions to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. In Idaho, the Board of Trustees for the Idaho State Historical Society serves as the Idaho Geographic Names Board.  To conduct research about geographic names and advise the Idaho Board, Idaho has an Idaho Geographic Names Advisory Council (IGNAC) comprised of state agencies representatives and members of the public with specific interest or expertise in place names.

Governor’s Lewis and Clark Trail Committee

The Governor’s Lewis and Clark Trail Committee was established in 1983 to preserve the portion of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail that lies in Idaho. The mission of the committee is to protect the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail as part of Idaho’s heritage; to encourage appropriate maintenance of the Trail; to engender an appreciation of Idaho history through education; and to promote economic stability through cultural tourism.  

Funding for the Trail Fund is derived primarily through revenues generated from the sale of the “Lewis and Clark” license plates and private or grant contributions.  The Idaho State Historical Society provides fiscal oversight of the fund and the State Historian serves as the staff liaison to the committee.