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Thu, January 31 2019
IHC to Honor ISHS Executive Director Janet Gallimore for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities, Wednesday, February 27

     The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC) will present Janet Gallimore, Executive Director of the Idaho State Historical Society, with IHC’s highest honor—the Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award.  The award will be presented at a reception and award ceremony on Wednesday, February 27 at the Idaho State Museum, 610 Julia Davis Drive.

     Gallimore is being honored with the award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium, for her dedication to promoting Idaho history, her tireless efforts to share this history in the Idaho Capitol, and her outstanding efforts to open the new Idaho State Museum.

     “We look forward to honoring this extraordinary Idahoan with the Idaho Humanities Council’s award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities,” said IHC Executive Director David Pettyjohn.  “Janet’s dedication to the public humanities is truly inspiring.  The Idaho State Museum is world class and will provide Idahoans a vital connection to their past for years to come and this would not be possible without her leadership.”

     As Executive Director of the Idaho State Historical Society, Gallimore directs a dynamic state agency comprised of the Idaho State Museum, Idaho State Archives and State Records Center, State Historic Preservation Office, and Historic Sites program.  Ms. Gallimore has 35 years’ experience in the area of cultural resource management.  She holds an MS in Business from National Lewis University and BA in Business and Fine Art from Barat College.

     At the ceremony several individuals will help roast and toast Gallimore by speaking about the appropriateness of the award honoring her, followed by Gallimore saying a few words about how the humanities have inspired her work.

     Anyone interested in attending the catered reception and award ceremony for Janet Gallimore on Wednesday, February 27, should RSVP to the Idaho Humanities Council by February 20, 2019 at (208) 345-5346, or email  Doors at the Idaho State Museum will open at 6:30 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 7:15 p.m.

     The Idaho Humanities Council is the statewide, nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities dedicated to promoting greater public understanding of literature, history, ethics, law, and other humanities disciplines.  The Council has presented its award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities” annually since 1986. Previous recipients of the award include independent historian Keith Petersen, Twin Falls anthropologist James Woods, Idaho Governor Robert E. Smylie, College of Idaho Professor Louie Attebery, State Historian Merle Wells, Constitution scholar David Adler, Idaho historian Arthur Hart, Moscow writer Mary Clearman Blew, ISU English Professor Brian Atteberry, Idaho poet William Studebaker,  Nez Perce elder Horace Axtell, former Lewis-Clark State College English Professor Keith Browning, ISU History Professor Ron Hatzenbuehler, Basque Museum and Cultural Center Director Patty Miller, Boise Independent School District Administrator and history teacher Russ Heller, LCSC anthropologist Alan Marshall, Idaho Public Television’s Peter Morrill, College of Idaho archivist and photographer Jan Boles, Idaho State Historical Society Publications Editor Judy Austin, ISU English Professor Susan Swetnam, Idaho Supreme Court Justice Jim Jones, and others.

contact: Debra Schlechte
phone: (208) 345-5346
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