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. At least one member must be professionally qualified in each of the following disciplines: archaeology, architectural history, and history. For more information, please contact the Idaho SHPO by phone at 208-334-3861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
IHS Review Board Chair, Christina Olson, has over twenty years of experience in cultural resource management of architectural properties and historic landscapes. Ms. Olson received her Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation with emphasis in architectural history and historic site management from Southeast Missouri State University. She received her Master of Historic Preservation with emphasis in landscape history from the University of Georgia. Ms. Olson has worked for non-profit preservation organizations as well as private contractors supporting municipal, state, and federal agencies in NHPA compliance throughout the United States. Her experience includes work with historic resources associated with agriculture and homesteads ranging in date from the early 1700s to the mid-twentieth century, and nineteenth and early twentieth century mining sites, as well as resource types associated with mid to late twentieth century federal defense and energy projects. Currently Ms. Olson serves as principal of Kerros Inc.
Katherine G. Aiken is a retired University of Idaho history professor and the author of books and articles dealing with Idaho History. She is past Idaho Humanities Council chair and a member of the Latah County Historical Society Board of Directors. Aiken was a 2020 recipient of the Idaho State Historical Society Esto Perpetua Award.
Amy Canfield is a Professor of History and Gender and Women’s Studies at Lewis-Clark State College, where she teaches courses on U.S. History, focusing on Women’s, American Indian, and Public History. Her research interests include federal Indian policy, women’s roles in the 20th century, women’s suffrage, and American popular culture. She has received LC’s Foundation Award for teaching, research, and service excellence, as well as the Women’s Leadership Award, and Idaho’s Brightest Stars Award for volunteering.
Jason Lyon was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He grew up in Spokane, Washington and received both his undergraduate and Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Idaho. Jason started his professional career working for the Nez Perce Tribe in the Cultural Resource Program. After seven years with the Tribe, Jason accepted a position with the National Park Service as a Cultural Resource Specialist at Nez Perce National Historical Park. Three years later Jason began what would become and 18-year run as the Integrated Resource Program Manager for Nez Perce National Historical Park, Big Hole National Battlefield, and Whitman Mission National Historic Site. Jason is now the Cultural Anthropologist for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service working out of Lewiston, Idaho.
Kevin Marsh is professor of history at Idaho State University in Pocatello where he teaches courses on Idaho history, the West, modern United States, and environmental history. He has published several books, chapters, and articles on topics in the history of Idaho and the American West. He is a former board member of the Idaho Humanities Council, has helped to edit the state history journal, Idaho Yesterdays, and served as a consultant to several history museums in Idaho.
Patricia Nilsson retired in 2021 after a 30+ year career as a public sector planner in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Idaho. She is a past president of the Idaho Planning Association (predecessor of the Idaho chapter of the American Planning Association) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Ms. Nilsson received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech.
Geoffrey Parks, AIA, is a registered architect in Idaho and Oklahoma. He has experience in a number of different project types, currently focusing on mixed-use urban infill projects. Geoff served on the Oklahoma City Historic Preservation Commission for seven years and is a Past President of the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Bob Reinhardt is a professor of history at Boise State University with specializations in the fields of environmental history, public history, the history of public health, and the history of the American West. Bob is also the director of the Working History Center, a college initiative to advocate for and demonstrate the vitality and relevancy of history, and he coordinates the Department of History’s internship program. Prior to joining Boise State, Bob was executive director of the Willamette Heritage Center, a historic site and museum in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Richa Wilson is the heritage program leader and an architectural historian for the Forest Service’s Intermountain Region who has surveyed hundreds of historic ranger stations and lookout towers in southern Idaho, southwest Wyoming, Nevada, and Utah. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon. Her work in those fields has taken her to diverse places including Midway Atoll, Puerto Rico, Washington, DC and the former Soviet Union. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, she initiated historic preservation activities, worked in the Blantyre Town Planning Department, and assisted Habitat for Humanity.
The Idaho Historic Sites Review Board typically meets once a year to consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The public is welcome to attend these meetings.
The next Historic Sites Review Board meeting will be held The next Historic Sites Review Board meeting will be held Saturday, September 23rd in Wallace. Specific time and location to be announced.
The Review Board typically meets yearly on the third Saturday in May; the submission deadline for nominations to be heard at the May 2024 meeting is December 15, 2023.