8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

IAM (Idaho Association of Museums) Business Meeting and Election for Directors and Officers

Basque Museum and Cultural Center, 611 Grove Street, Boise


10:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Small Museum GPS: Finding a Path Forward

Boise Public Library (requires separate registration)

Learn how to look at your museum’ health and vitality on multiple levels, guided by experts in the field. Appropriate for staff, volunteers and board members, this workshop will offer ideas for advancing our museum’s mission into the future without sacrificing present day success. Separate registration for this workshop is required, see for more information.


  • Ruth Ann Rugg, Former Director, Texas Association of Museums
  • Brian Crockett, Independent Museum Consultant


4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Registration Packet Pick Up

Location: Hotel Lobby at the Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner, 1800 W. Fairview Avenue

Stop in and pick up your registration materials early so you are ready to go in the morning.


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration Packet Pick Up
The History Center Lobby, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
Pick up Registration Packets


8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Networking and Book Sales
The History Center Lobby, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
Come early and enjoy a chance to network with conference attendees over coffee and a pastry while you peruse a hand-picked selection of Idaho history and culture focused books from beloved Boise bookstore, The Rediscovered Bookshop. Book sales will be available 8:00am-9:00am.


8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Archaeology Workshop: Site Stewardship
Old Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road – 1893-1894 Administration Building
This workshop will focus on what the role of a site steward is in historic preservation. This will be a hands-on workshop covering site monitoring, recording and reporting. Participants should bring a GPS unit if they own one a well as a clipboard and pencil.
Speaker: Kirk Halford, Deputy Preservation Officer & State Archaeologist, Idaho BLM (Boise)


8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Preservation Workshop: May Your Cemeteries Rest in Peace, Part II
Old Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road – Old Penitentiary Site Courtyard between New Cell House and North Wing
Part I of Cemetery Preservation, presented at the Idaho’s Heritage Conference in 2013, focused on the process of creating a preservation plan for historic cemeteries. Part II of Cemetery Preservation will review the importance of a preservation plan as it relates to how to approach the preservation work in the field. Participants will experience a hands-on workshop in the materials and methods of preserving cemetery objects at the Old Penitentiary Cemetery. Demonstrations will include the appropriate methods to clean, repair and stabilize cemetery objects.

  • Bruce Howard (Hood River, OR)
  • Anthony Perry, Interpretative Specialist, Idaho State Historical Society, Old Idaho Penitentiary (Boise)


8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Museum Workshop: “Preservation Before Access” Digitizing Archives
The History Center – Multipurpose Room, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
A two-part overview of archival processing and digitization workflows. Idaho State Archives’ Layce Johnson, Processing Archivist, and Jenaleigh Kiebert, Digital Librarian, will walk participants through the stages of processing a collection and creating digital archives. Part One, Processing, will include each step of collection processing from initial assessment to proper archival housing, description and reating a finding aid. Part Two, Digitization, will utilize the information documented in Part One to build a publicly accessible digital collection. Preservation issues for both the physical and digital items will be addressed and resources will be provided to help make your project a success.

  • Layce Johnson, Processing Archivist, ISHS State Archives (Boise)
  • Jenaleigh Kiebert, Digital Librarian, ISHS State Archives (Boise)


8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Preservation Workshop: Researching Historic Properties
The History Center – Reading Room, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
This workshop will provide an overview of available sources to research historic properties. Included in the workshop is a handout with tips, lists of sources, where to find them, and how to use them.
Speaker: Jamee Fiore, SHPO, Architectural Historian, ISHS State Historic Preservation Office


8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Preservation Workshop: Conserving the Eye of God: Stained Glass Windows and their Preservation
Old Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road – Shirt Factory
Stained glass windows are significant defining features of both historic and modern houses of worship. A stained glass window is more than a void in the fabric in a wall, but a transformative expression of light on the environment ambiance, and experience of a building’s character.  Stained glass windows are a language of vision whose medium is light.  Conserving stained glass windows in historic buildings require an understanding of historic styles, the methods of fabrication, and recognition of conditions for conservation intervention.  This session will address a brief history of stained glass, common historic style to 19th and early 20th century windows, an overview of window construction, and a discourse on existing conditions that precipitate various levels of conservation.

  • David Schlicker, David Schlicker Stained Glass Studio, Inc. (Portland, OR)
  • Fred Walters, Architectural Preservationist, Idaho Heritage Trust (Cambridge)


8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Museum Workshop: Caring for Your Collections
The History Center – Archives, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
From supplies to resources to budgets, caring for collections can be a daunting task for many institutions. This workshop will cover the basics of collections care – storage techniques and resources on a budget. Examples of materials will be on hand as we explore and learn proper storage techniques. Please bring your collection care questions.
Speaker: Amanda Bielmann, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Basque Museum & Cultural Center (Boise)


8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Preservation Workshop: Understanding Your Historic Building
Bishops’ House – Across the street from the Old Penitentiary Site, 2420 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
Using the Bishops’ House and Old Pen as case studies. In Part 1 of the workshop, participants will learn how to identify the character-defining features of their historic property – be it museum, historical society or historic site – in order to understand which elements of their own building are most important to preserve and protect. Part 2 of the workshop will introduce participants to assessing the condition of their building, including areas of concern, things to look out for, when to call a professional, etc.
Speaker: Shannon Sardell, Program Director/Instructor, Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School (Portland)


11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Boxed Lunches for Field Trips
Bishops’ House – Across the street from the Old Penitentiary Site, 2420 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
Pick up your boxed lunch before heading out on your field trip.


12:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Field Trips
Advance Registration Required – Buses depart from Botanical Garden Parking Lot promptly at 12:00 noon, return by 4:30 p.m.

Trip #1: Public Archaeology, Cultural Sites and Community Impact

Public Archaeology and site stewardship has had a profound impact on the community in the Treasure Valley. Dr. Mark Warner has led Public Archaeology research projects focused on the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga Boarding House, the Fort Boise Surgeon’s Quarters, and the Erma Hayman House. Join Dr. Warner and learn of his impact on a bus tour of selected sites, ending your trip at the James Castle House. Here you will join Rachel Reichert, manager, and Byron W. Folwell, architect and design consultant, as they discuss the City of Boise’s massive restoration project to preserve internationally celebrated artist James Castle’s home, workspaces and physical legacy. This field trip is designed for participants interested in the interplay between community relations, preservation, and program development, with a discussion focused on peacemaking, accessibility, new technology, collaborations and so much more.

Field Trip Presenters:

  • Dr. Mark Warner, Historical Archaeologist, Professor & Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Idaho (Moscow)
  • Renae Campbell
  • Rachel Reichert, Cultural Sites Manager, Boise City Department of Arts & History (Boise)
  • Byron Folwell, Architect and Design Consultant, Studio Maelstrom (Boise)


Trip #2: Boise’s Cultural Corridor Tour

Julia Davis Park is home to many of Boise’s cultural institutions including museums, memorials, sculptures, gardens and the zoo. This Boise’s Cultural Corridor Tour will take participants on a behind-the-scenes look at the institutions in Julia Davis Park from a director’s perspective.

Sites to be visited include the Boise Art Museum, The Cabin, the Black History Museum, the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, and the Idaho History Museum. The directors at each location will focus on their institution’s relationships with their communities, highlighting partnerships with other organizations and how these connections contribute to and enhance the area.

Participants will be buses to a central location and then will walk to the institutions. Total walking distance for this field trip is approximately .7 miles.

Field Trip Presenters:

  • Melanie Fales, Executive Director, Boise Art Museum (Boise, ID)
  • Philip Thompson, Director, Idaho Black History Museum (Boise, ID)
  • Jody Ochoa, Director, Idaho State Museum (Boise, ID)
  • Kurt Zwolfer, Executive Director, The Cabin (Boise, ID)
  • Dan Prinzing, Executive Director, Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial (Boise, ID)

Trip #3: Houses of Worship – Experiencing Stained Glass Windows in both Historic and Modern Settings

Come along with artisan David Schlicker on a visit to view the stained glass windows at three important historic houses of worship in Boise. Mr. Schlicker restored the windows of Christ Chapel and designed the new windows for St. Mary’s Catholic Church. At St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral, we will have the rare chance to view an original Louis Comfort Tiffany window, one of only three known in the Northwest.

The historic houses of worship will include a visit to the following:

  • Christ Chapel on the campus of Boise State University: These windows are some of the oldest in Idaho, if not the Pacific Northwest.
  • St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral: This sandstone structure was designed by the New York architect Henry M. Cogdon. Constructed in 1902 in the English Gothic style, the Cathedral has a remarkable collection of early 20th century stained glass, including a rare Tiffany window.
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church: An addition and new stained glass windows were added to this 1937 Tourtellotte and Hummel design. 

Field Trip Presenters:

  • David Schlicker, David Schlicker Stained Glass Studios (Portland)
  • Fred Walters, Architectural Preservationist, Idaho Heritage Trust (Cambridge)
  • Eve Chandler, Author, History Writer and President, Christ Chapel Historical Society 


Trip #4: Nampa Main Street

This will be a comprehensive tour of Downtown Nampa highlighting some of the best practices of the National Main Street Program and how a Main Street in partnership with a Certified Local Government program can leverage each other’s resources into a comprehensive community revitalization strategy.  Highlights of the tour will include a walkthroughs of the historic Nampa Train Depot, public plazas and gathering places like Lloyd Square Park and Library Square and conversations with Downtown businesses and property owners.

Field Trip Presenter:

  • Morgan Treasure, Coordinator, Nampa Main Street Program (Nampa)


5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Evening Reception with Appetizers
Esther Simplot Performing Arts Center, 516 S. 9th Street D, Boise
Join us for an evening reception with Don Rypkema, Principal, with Place Economics. Conference participants will enjoy a chance to engage in the preservation conversation while enjoying appetizers and a no-host bar in the historic warehouse district downtown at the lovely Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy with entertainment provided by Kitchen Syncopation.


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Morning Social, Poster Sessions and Coffee
Idaho Statehouse, Dining Room, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
Join us for coffee and networking with poster presentations to highlight work from across all of our disciplines.


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Archaeology Session: Archaeology Stewardship
Idaho Statehouse – WW02/Lincoln Auditorium, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
This session will discuss how to be a site steward for archaeology around the state. We will discuss the various types of archaeology someone might come across when out around the state. Also, a discussion of artifact collection, the doos and don’ts and best practices for being a steward.

  • Casey Snider, Tread Lightly
  • Shane Baker, Idaho Power Company
  • Mindie Walkoviak, Respect and Protect Utah
  • Shauna Robinson, Twin Falls County/BLM Steward


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Museum Session: Reinventing Our Exhibits
Idaho Statehouse – WW53, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
This session will bring together Museum leaders from across the state to join in a panel discussion of the reinvention of Idaho’s museums. From the work occuring at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, The Museum of Natural History on the campus of Idaho State University, and the soon-to-be newest state historical museum in the Northwest, the Idaho State Museum, the discussion will range from the newest technology to the reimagining of artifact story telling. This session will offer attendees behind the scenes insight, inspiration and an opportunity to ask questions of our esteemed panel.


  • Mary Schmidt, CEO of External Ministries, Historical Museum at St. Gertrude (Cottonwood, ID)
  • Dr. Leif Tapanila, Director, Idaho Museum of Natural History (Pocatello, ID)
  • Janet Gallimore, Executive Director, Idaho State Museum & Idaho State Historical Society (Boise, ID)


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Preservation Session: Tools for Rehabilitation
Idaho Statehouse – WW54, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
Rehabilitation of historic buildings can seem daunting. Navigating the nuances of financing, permitting and local design review may make preservation or adaptive reuse seem too difficult to even attempt. Luckily, there is a wide array of tools available to make the rehabilitation of historic buildings worthwhile. From universally accepted design treatments to tax credits to grant funding, this session will explore the tools available to assist in the rehabilitation of historic structures. J. Todd Scott, Preservation Architect for King County, Washington, and past Community Development Director in Astoria, Oregon, will guide you through the opportunities and challenges of rehabilitating historic buildings, drawing on examples from his significant experience in the Northwest.
Speaker: J. Todd Scott, Preservation Architect, AIA (King County, WA)


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Main Street/CLG Session: The Importance of Survey and Inventory
Idaho Statehouse – WW55, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
This session will discuss the tools and best practices for communities to undertake comprehensive survey and inventory work, as well as address the preservation planning and economic benefits for communities and Main Street communities through resource documentation and public education. The presenters will illustrate how the retention and continued use of commercial, residential, industrial, and agricultural properties depends on their identification, documenting their historical role in the community’s development, and understanding the current perception of how these properties contribute to community character and identity. Certified local governments can learn how to successfully integrate historic preservation into local comprehensive planning priorities and see examples of tools employed in other communities for identifying and prioritizing survey areas. Main Streets will learn about methods for identifying and the role of these and stories in heritage tourism marketing. Local historic societies and interested citizens will benefit from learning how to actively engage in preservation in the community through both search and field work.

  • Spencer Howard
  • Katie Chase


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
History Session: The CCC in Idaho
Idaho Statehouse – WW02/Lincoln Auditorium, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
Created in March 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was the first and most far-reaching of the New Deal programs. It was a public works program intended to promote environmental conservation and build good citizens through vigorous disciplined outdoor labor. The CCC remains one of the few sucessful examples of how the United States has acted to mitigate the catastrophic effects of economic collapse while producing a legacy of public benefit. This session will use the results of extensive research and collection about the CCC in Idaho to examine the impact of the CCC as a successful public program on individuals, communities and economies in Idaho. The groundbreaking digital portal about the CCC in Idaho established online at the University of Idaho Library will be used to show the structural landscapes created by the CCC in Idaho and how scholars and public can use the portal.

  • Ivar Nelson (Moscow, ID)
  • Patricia Hart, University of Idaho


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Museum Session: Backlog of Museum Collections
Idaho Statehouse – WW53, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
This panel will provide a starting point for small museum staff and volunteers for managing a backlog. We will discuss the importance of a strong collections policy, de-accession methods and implementation of policy, as well as real world examples of museum backlogs.

  • Pat Roath
  • Mary Thompson
  • Linda Morton-Keithley


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Preservation Session: Making a Statement – The Benefits of a State Historic Tax Credit Program
Idaho Statehouse – WW54, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
Join in this panel presentation and discussion regarding one of the most valuable preservation tools.  Donovan Rypkema, historic preservation and economic development expert, will provide an overview of the Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) program and its impacts across the country over the past few decades, including sparking statewide Historic Tax Credit Programs.  Kerry Davis will present the proposed Idaho HTC currently being drafted for consideration by the Governor and Idaho legislature.  Kathryn Almberg will share her experience working on two HTC projects in Idaho – the Whitman Building (Pocatello) and the Bonneville Hotel (Idaho Falls).  Sheri Freemuth will moderate a Q and A session and a discussion on how best to ensure success for a State HTC initiative.

  • Don Rypkema, Principal, PlaceEconomics (Washington, DC)
  • Kerry Davis, Principal, Preservation Solutions (Boise, ID)
  • Kathryn Almberg, Director, The Housing Company (Boise, ID)
  • Sheri Freemuth, Senior Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation (Boise, ID)


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Main Street/CLG Session: Best Practices for Main Street
Idaho Statehouse – WW55, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
This session will feature successful projects taking place in downtowns, historic places and Main Street communities.
Speakers: Jerry Miller, Idaho Department of Commerce (Boise, ID)


12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Plenary Lunch: The Impact of Preservation 
Hoff Building, Crystal Ballroom, 802 W. Bannock Street, Boise
Join us for a catered luncheon in the Crystal Ballroom located in the historic Hoff Building, just a stone’s throw from the Idaho State Capitol.

Don Rypkema will bring his considerable expertise in real estate and economic development, along with his experience in small and large communities across the country, to us in a compelling presentation   He will share examples of the positive impact historic preservation has made through nationwide programs such as Main Street and the Federal Historic Tax Credits, as well as local initiatives such as historic district designations.  He will also offer observations on the changes in Idaho over the past several decades and the promise for the future.

Speaker: Don Rypkema

Welcome: Mayor Dave Bieter


1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Museum Session: Ask a Curator
Idaho Statehouse – WW53, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
Geared towards Idaho’s small museums, this session will provide a forum where you can ask about your collections’ care, storage, and management problems. This session will also present cost-effective options and guidance to resources.

  • Amanda Bielmann, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, The Basque Museum & Cultural Center (Boise, ID)
  • Layce Johnson, Processing Archivist, ISHS State Archives (Boise, ID)
  • Diana Dicus
  • Michelle Wallace, Capital Curator, ISHS (Boise, ID)


1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Preservation Session: Crafting an Effective Historic Preservation Plan
Idaho Statehouse – WW54, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
Historic Preservation Commissions often feel like they’re not exactly sure what they should be doing on an on-going basis. They are committed to historic preservation in their community, but can feel at a bit of a loss of how to actually do that. One of the best ways for HPCs to confront this difficulty is to have a Historic Preservation Plan. A well-crafted Historic Preservation Plan can help a Historic Preservation Commission focus their efforts, can raise the profile of the Commission in the community (and within the city/county government), and put the Commission in a better position for possible grant funds (and not just CLG Grant funds). But what if the Commission, or the city/county, doesn’t have the funds to bring in a consultant to write the plan for them? This session will provide attendees with some guidance on how to craft an effective Historic Preservation Plan in-house and will help set up Commissions for success in the future. 
Speakers: Pete L’Orange, Historic Preservation Planner, ISHS State Historic Preservation Office (Boise)


1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Main Street/CLG Session: Mining Your Assets
Idaho Statehouse – WW55, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
A successful mining operation involves many people of different skills, interests and personalities working together to realize the treasure. That approach proved equally successful for Wallace, Idaho’s premier event Fall For History. Co-chairs Tammy Copelan of the Wallace District Mining Museum and Janet Feiler of the Wallace Chamber of Commerce will give tips on how to bring numerous organizations together, spark the passion of volunteers, and market multiple days of diverse activities – all with a common goal of fostering a love and appreciation of history.

  • Tammy Copelan, Wallace District Mining Museum (Wallace, ID)
  • Janet Feiler, Wallace Chamber of Commerce (Wallace, ID)


3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Plenary – Fundraising
Idaho Statehouse – WW02/Lincoln Auditorium, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
This session will feature a number of techniques and strategies for funding operating expenses, capital and other special projects.

  • Jerry Miller, Idaho Department of Commerce (Boise, ID)
  • Tenna Wright, Idaho Public Television (Boise)
  • Ryan Gerulf, Idaho State Historical Society (Boise)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 – Post Conference Events

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Idaho Archaeology Society Conference
Idaho Statehouse – Lincoln Auditorium, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise
This is the 44th Annual Conference of the IAS. The conference features presentations and posters regarding current archaeological and historical research and investigations around Idaho and surrounding states. Paper abstracts will be included in the program. 

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Training for Certified Local Governments
The History Center, Board Room, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
This session is specifically focused on providing training for Idaho’s Certified Local Governments, and help CLG commission members meet their on-going training and education needs. This session will focus on complying with the Idaho Open Meetings Law, improving public engagement in preservation at the local level, new Federal NEPA reporting requirements for CLG projects, and revision to the state’s CLG Grant program. Attendees are encouraged to bring specific questions on potential projects for possible grant funding as there will be time at the end of the session to discuss specific projects for the FY18 grant cycle.
Speaker: Pete L’Orange, Historic Preservation Planner, ISHS State Historic Preservation Office (Boise)


9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Capital City Public Market (enjoy at your leisure)
8th Street downtown
The Capital City Public Market was established in 1994 as a place for local growers, producers, and artisans to uphold the age-old tradition of interacting directly with their customers. The Market has become an iconic part of downtown’s Boise, attracting you and old from near and far.


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Preservation Idaho’s WalkAbout Boise
Grove Street Downtown
Join Preservation Idaho for a special WalkAbout Boise with beloved local history hero Barbara Perry Bauer. A special tour for conference attendees is set to start at 10:00am. The tour is approximately an hour and a half, walking through 150 years of history and architecture in downtown Boise. Limit 25 participants.
Speaker: Barbara Perry Bauer


1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Historic Sites Review Board (open public meeting)
The History Center, Board Room, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
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). One of their key duties is to review and approve National Register of Historic Places nominations for accuracy and adequacy.  At least one member must be professionally qualified in each of the following disciplines: architectural history, archaeology and history. The Idaho Historic Sites Review Board meets annually and the public is welcome to attend. Join us this year to see what significant historic properties Idaho will be recognizing.

  • Shauna Corry
  • Nancy Renk
  • Amy Canfield
  • Caroline Carley
  • Kerry Davis
  • Christina Olson
  • Sheri Robertson
  • Laura Woodworth-Ney
  • Jamee Fiore (moderator)

Making Connections between people, knowledge and powerful ideas will build our story of Idaho’s diverse heritage and expand our reach together.

Whether you are an historian, archaeologist, teacher, student, community leader, museum professional or volunteer, amateur preservationist or simply a local history buff we invite you to attend Idaho's Heritage Conference.

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