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Esto Perpetua Awards

This year, the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) will be celebrating and honoring the dedicated, passionate, Idaho organizations and citizens that care for, educate, and tell the story of Idaho and their community. Idaho stories are found in many forms and places, including museums, historical societies, archives, sites, structures, highway markers, artifacts, and more.

The Esto Perpetua Award takes its name from the state’s motto, “let it be perpetual” and for the past 24 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, ISHS has recognized the inspiring local preservation efforts of more than 200 individuals and organizations throughout the state of Idaho. The work of an Esto Perpetua awardee reflects dedication, commitment, and passion for Idaho and its history.

2023 Esto Perpetua Awardees

  • Kimberly Rice Brown, Post Falls
  • Richard Caron, Wallace
  • Dr. Sydney Freeman, Jr., Moscow
  • Gary E. Strong, Potlatch
  • John L. Bertram, Boise
  • John Hiler, Mountain Home
  • Ronald L. James, Twin Falls
  • Drusilla Gould, Fort Hall
  • Dr. Gloria Jean Thomas, Malad City
  • Robert M. Allen, Terreton
  • Dr. Hope A. Benedict, Salmon
  • Dr. Mary E. Thompson, Blackfoot

 2023 Esto Perpetua Awards Ceremony
Monday, June 5th, 2023

Doors open at 5:00 pm and Ceremony starts at 5:30 pm
Hosted by the Idaho State Museum, 610 Julia Davis Drive, Boise

Ticket price: $25.00

The ceremony includes a light summer buffet and a no-host bar.

 Online ticket sales have closed.

Seats are still available; please call our office to purchase tickets. 208.514.2302


Esto Perpetua Award Presentation 2021


1999-2022 Esto Perpetua Honorees

2024 Esto Perpetua Nomination Packet-coming soon.

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