Get ready to celebrate. We've got another state HOLIDAY! Yes that's right, March 4 is the official "IDAHO DAY" as proclaimed by the Idaho State Legislature.
Idaho Day is set aside each year on the anniversary of the establishment of the Idaho Territory by President Abraham Lincoln on March 4, 1863.
Last year the legislature, passed a bill, authored by Rep. Linden Bateman of Idaho Falls, setting aside the day as one to recognize the greatness of Idaho and the people and places that made it great. It's not an official holiday where you get to stay home and relax, but it's a day to remember what's really great about Idaho and Bonneville County's contribution to that greatness.
The Bonneville County Historical Association will be among the first in the state to recognize the day with a jam-packed program that night at the Colonial Theater. In addition to speeches by civic leaders and music from local residents, the free-for-all show will also feature the student winners of this years historical contest. 15 students from schools throughout the area were judged as "best of show" and will take home between $100 and $200 in cash! The student projects will be on display in the Carr Gallery at the Willard Arts Center before and after the show.
Also on the agenda that night is a Silent Auction with "gotta-have" items up for grabs. The auction and student projects are available in the Gallery between 6 and 7 p.m. and after the 90-minute main event which begins promptly at 7 p.m.
Among the featured attractions will be a mapping project which shows the original Idaho Territory (did you know it also included what is now Montana and Wyoming?) and artifacts from the area provided by the Museum of Idaho.
We're hoping you and your family will take advantage of this event which will become an annual observation and we look forward to seeing you there.
"Historic Bonneville County, a Centennial History" by Mary Jane Fritzen is for sale at the Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Idaho gift shop, and at some bookstores.
If there is any BCHA website content you wish to see added or changed, contact Dave Nipper (the webmaster) or any member of the Board.
Next Meeting of the BCHA Board
At the Colonial Theater lobby on Monday, Feb. 23. at 11:30 a.m.
Idaho Day: The Making of the State, Its Cities and Counties, And a Bridge to the Past
Wednesday, March 4, 2015,
Please join us for our first Idaho Day Celebration,
The first event of the IF150 (150th Anniversary of Idaho Falls!) celebration.