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Capitol Restoration Program

2007-2010 Capitol Restoration Program

Capitol dome restoration.

Photo Credit: ISHS

On January 9, 2010, the Idaho Statehouse, "A Capitol of Light," was rededicated after 3 years of restoration.  In partnership with the Idaho Capitol Commission, the State Historical Society played an active role in this restoration project through the following activities:

  • Inventory and condition analysis for all artifacts removed from the Capitol.
  • Professional consultation for research and historic preservation.
  • Creation of Garden Level permanent exhibition: Governing Idaho: How People and Policies Shape our State, and special exhibitions located in the Garden Level wings and Statuary Hall.
  • Restoration of 559 historic objects.
  • Creation of 53 oral history interviews documenting over 50 years of activities in the Capitol.
  • Public access to 17,000 cubic feet of state records and collections for official use or media coverage.
  • Support for commemorative collateral.
  • Publication of special edition Capitol feature Idaho Landscapes.
  • Creation of Capitol Curation Program.
  • Artist collaboration and reinstallation of Dana Boussard Capitol Murals at the University of Idaho.