An extraordinary system of cultural and historical resources.

Other SHPO Programs

Other Programs and Partner Programs

Community Outreach

The Idaho SHPO provides general and technical information about archaeology, history, historic preservation, architectural history, and collections. In addition, SHPO staff provides educational outreach through public presentations, programs, and workshops to engage the citizens of the state. For more information call  (208) 334-3847 or e-mail.

Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month

Each year the State Historic Preservation Office organizes Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month offering statewide opportunities for the public to learn about Idaho archaeology, history and historic preservation.

Learn more about Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month


Archaeological Survey of Idaho

The primary purpose of the Archaeological Survey of Idaho is the long-term care of Idaho archaeological collections and their archival records. The Idaho State Historical Society manages the Western Repository of the Archaeological Survey of Idaho (ASI).

Learn more about the Archaeological Survey of Idaho


Highway Historical Marker Program

The Idaho State Historical Society works with the Idaho Transportation Department to develop the historical markers found along Idaho’s highways.  To date, nearly 500 signs have been installed.  Most of the ideas for highway markers are proposed by Idaho citizens or local groups interested in sharing some interesting aspect of our state’s history with the traveling public.

Learn more about the Highway Historical Marker Program


Idaho Geographical Names Program

Place names are part of our heritage and our cultural landscape.  Naming geographic features or changing geographic names therefore, requires careful consideration. To provide such consideration, geographic name proposals go through a specific process that involves local, state, tribal and federal review. On the state level, the Idaho Geographic Names Board considers new names for unnamed geographic features and proposed name changes for features already named.  Often the proposals require a considerable amount of research to verify that the information is correct or proposal appropriate.  This research is conducted by the Idaho Geographic Names Advisory Council (IGNAC).

Learn more about the Idaho Geographic Names Program


Pacific Northwest Preservation Partnership

The Pacific Northwest Preservation Partnership is comprised of the University of Oregon (UO) Historic Preservation Program, the National Park Service/Pacific Western Region, and the Oregon, Washington, and Idaho State Historic Preservation Offices and State Parks departments.  Depending on the project, local partners also become involved. The Partners operate under an umbrella agreement managed by NPS. The primary focus of the Partnership is the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School held annually at a historic site in one of the three states.

Learn more about the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School