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Esto Perpetua

17th Annual Esto Perpetua Awards

2016 Call for Nominations for the Esto Perpetua Award is now closed.

Thank you for all the nominations! Awardees will be notified begining of May. Join us in June for the Awards Ceremony.

Nominate an individual or organization who has made a major contribution to the preservation and promotion of Idaho’s history.

The Esto Perpetua Award takes its name from the state’s motto, “let it be perpetual” and for the past sixteen years, the Idaho State Historical Society has recognized people and organizations who have preserved and promoted Idaho’s history through professional accomplishments, public service or volunteerism, and philanthropy.

Since the award was created in 1999, the ISHS has recognized the inspiring local preservation efforts of more than 100 individuals and organizations from throughout the state of Idaho.

Nominations will be juried and awards presented at the annual Idaho State Historical Society Esto Perpetua Awards Program, Tuesday, June 21st, 2016.  Awards program will be held at the Old Idaho Penitentiary,Boise, Idaho. Join us in sharing your community’s experience and inspiring others to take action! 


The 2015 awardees:

  • Joseph "Joe" Bell, Nampa
  • Michael Crosby and Dr. Terry Magoon, Salmon
  • Monty Danner, Hayden
  • Dan Everhart, Boise
  • Sharon Harris, Kendrick
  • Richard H. Holm, Jr., Boise
  • Joann C. Jones, Moscow
  • Lyle Wirtanen, Lewiston
  • Lewiston Tribune, Lewiston
  • Upper Snake River Valley Historical Society, Rexburg

Click here to read more about the Honorees.

Photos: A few of 2015 awardees, from left to right

Lewiston Tribune accepting Butch Alford with Board of Trustee Earl Bennett

Richard H. Holm Jr. with Board of Trustee Ernest A. Hoidal

Dr. Terry Magoon with Board of Trustee Hope Benedict