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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

 Thank you all for attending the 2023 Esto Perpetua Awards Ceremony celebrating the remarkable history of Idaho and its esteemed awardees.

To view the 2023 Esto Perpetua Awards Ceremony click here: 2023 Esto Perpetua



Esto Perpetua Award Presentation 2021


1999-2022 Esto Perpetua Honorees

2024 Esto Perpetua Nomination Packet-coming soon.

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