In 2010 Jim Gentry retired from the College of Southern Idaho after teaching since 1969, along with chairing the Social Science Department after 1997. While completing his Ph.D. in History at the University of Utah in the 1980s, he became aware of the potential of local studies. The College of Southern Idaho published his In the Middle and On the Edge, The Twin Falls Region in Idaho in 2003, and more recently his Meeting Needs and Developing Opportunities. A History of The College of Southern Idaho in 2015. Believing in the power of history he began sharing observations about Bliss and Hansen, Idaho, along with the experiences of Czech people in the Buhl-Castleford area. More recently he has focused on insights from the above two books. The Idaho State Historical Society granted him an Esto Perpetua Award in June 2013.
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