Island Park Historical Photos

Gaetha Pace
Executive Director, The Idaho Heritage Trust
(208) 549-1778 or 720-6571,

Linda Morton-Keithley
Idaho State Library & Archives

In 1991 a group of 900 glass plate negatives, 63 identified original prints, and 350 unidentified prints, cabinet cards stereographs and postcards featuring life in the Island Park area from 1892 to 1907 were acquired by the Idaho State Historical Society from the Sherwood Museum collection.

This past year, with a grant from the Idaho Heritage Trust, the Historical Society Library and Archives copied 289 of these glass plate negatives and original prints for use in the Library. The Heritage Trust supplemented the grant so that copies of the originals could also be returned to the Island Park area to be enjoyed locally. Gaetha Pace, Executive Director of the Idaho Heritage Trust will present the prints to the Island Park Historical Society Friday September 26 at their meeting at the Lakeside Lodge in Island Park.

"I'm looking forward to returning these fascinating images to their home territory," Pace said. "And to hearing Louis Clements talk about Captain Andrew Henry."

The Idaho Heritage Trust was founded in 1989 by members of the Idaho Centennial Foundation as the lasting legacy of the State of Idaho Centennial Celebration held in 1990. When the Centennial concluded the remaining assets of the Foundation were given to the Idaho Heritage Trust. Among those assets was the protected design of the Centennial license plate, which is now the state license plate. By agreement with the Idaho Legislature, each vehicle owner pays 50 cents per plate. The plate fee is paid only once every seven years and amounts to $1.00 per licensed vehicle every seven years. These funds are preserved in perpetuity in an endowment fund for the preservation of Idaho's historic fabric.

The endowment now exceeds $4 million in license plate and privately raised funds. The interest on the endowment is primarily used for bricks and mortar type projects throughout the state. To date the Trust has funded over $1.2 million in projects and $200,000 in architectural, conservation, engineering and photo technical assistance throughout Idaho. Two-thirds of the funding as been provided in towns with fewer than 5000 people.

Trustees are: John Hansen, Idaho Falls; Dick Hauff, Salmon; Tony Varilone, Soda Springs; Jerry Myers, Pocatello; John Chapman, Hailey; John Hiler, Mountain Home; Suzanne Budge, Boise, Chair; Bev Harad, Boise; Alan Minskoff, Boise; R. John Taylor, Lewiston; Gene Thompson, Moscow; Marilyn Sabella, Sandpoint; Governor Phil Batt, Wilder; H.F. Magnuson, Wallace.

For further information about Trust programs please contact Gaetha Pace, the Idaho Heritage Trust, P.O. Box 830, Weiser, Idaho 83672, (208) 549-1778 or

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Prints of the above photos,
or any of the Island Park collection,
are available by contacting
the Idaho State Historical Library
450 N. 4th, Boise, ID 83702
(208) 334-3356