Rexburg historical society to receive award

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Rexburg’s own Upper Snake River Valley Historical Society will receive a state-wide award in recognition for its preservation of Idaho state heritage.  Idaho State Historical Society selected 9 outstanding individuals and organizations for the “Esto Perpetua” award.
Janet Gillmore, ISHS director, said that recipients of “Esto Perpetua” demonstrate “a truly exceptional level of achievement in their efforts to preserve a part of Idaho’s heritage.”
In a press release, the state society said that the award is “to honor individuals or groups for professional accomplishments, public service, volunteerism and philanthropy related to preservation of Idaho’s heritage.”
Since its creation in 1965, The Upper Snake River Valley Historical Society has published 37 volumes of Snake River Echoes, a collection of the region’s history.
The group has collected vast information on greater Rexburg including over 1,850 books, 4,000 newspaper articles and important historical photos, according to the group’s website.
The organization also has information about significant historical and scenic sites in areas such as Fort Henry, Menan Butte, Mesa Falls and the Teton Dam.
The society also generally promotes the collection and preservation of regional historically significant documents and artifacts.
ISHS will also present “Esto Perpetua” to other history preservationists for their efforts for preserving Lemhi county history (Salmon, ID), Idaho Architectural history and the histories of the Juliaetta-Kendrick region and Lewiston areas.
The Upper River Valley Historical Society will receive the award Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise.

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