The Board of Trustees of the Idaho State Historical Society is the policy-making and governance body for the Agency, is appointed by the Governor, and has all of the powers and duties established by the Constitution of the State of Idaho. Trustees provide a statewide perspective that informs Agency services and serve as a vital communication link back to communities.
Members of the board are recruited and selected on the basis of their qualifications with due regard to their knowledge, competence, experience, and interest in the fields related to the preservation and promotion of Idaho history.
The Board represents the entire state of Idaho and are responsible for ensuring that Agency statutes, policies and procedures are followed. The Board delegates the management of the organization to the executive director and leadership team of the Society.
Legacy Circle of Emeritus Trustees of the Idaho State Historical Society
Established in 2014, the Legacy Circle of Emeritus Trustees seeks to build a state network of ISHS advocates the rough long term involvement with ISHS Emeritus Trustees. Emeritus Trustees remain committed to and engaged with the ISHS and its continuing efforts and developments.
Earl Bennett, Genesee
Ernest A. Hoidal, Boise
Tom Blanchard, Bellevue
Hope Benedict, Salmon
Judy Meyer, Hayden
Jesse Walters, Boise
2006-2021 Board of Trustees, District 2
2015-2022 Board of Trustees, District 4
2005-2017 Board of Trustees, District 5
2008-2020 Board of Trustees, District 7
2008-2014 Board of Trustees, District 1
2009-2014 Board of Trustees, District 4
Current ISHS Board of Trustees
Don Pischner was a four-term Idaho Legislator representing the people of three counties; Kootenai, Benewah, and Shoshone. He served seven years on the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee and became interested in the Idaho State Historical Society though the presentations made to the committee and his long-term interest in Idaho’s development. He is a third generation Idahoan whose grandparents settled north of Hayden Lake during the 1890s. Mr. Pischner has a continued interest in the history of Idaho, its politics, characters and events of its territorial era. He has pursued his interest in the lives and adventures of “Chief Joseph,” “Lewis and Clark,” and “William ‘Billie’ Clagett. In the 1980s, he served six years on the Board of Directors for the Museum of North Idaho and was part of the establishment of the current facility that is home to it today.Idaho Judicial District 1 is comprised of the following counties: Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, and Shoshone