The Idaho Heritage Trust, Idaho Humanities Council and the Idaho State Historical Society recognizes outstanding service by an Idaho museum each year with The Sister Alfreda Elsensohn Museum Award for Outstanding Service.
This year’s recipient, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center will be celebrated at an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Basque Museum & Cultural Center.
The award, created in 2008, is named for Sister Alfreda Elsensohn, who founded the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood.
Sister Alfreda, one of Idaho’s outstanding historians, sought to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts from Idaho County and the surrounding area to better educate the public. “A museum is a bridge which links the present with the past,” she often said.
Here are the criteria for the award:
- Will have a record of outstanding professional programming.
- Will be leaders in the field of Idaho museums.
- Will have a record of sharing their resources and information with other institutions, through such entities as the Idaho Association of Museums, thereby assisting in the professional development of all the state’s museums.
- Will be able to use the funding to move to a higher level of professionalism.
- Will have experience in administering and implementing grant-funded projects and programs.
The Basque Museum & Cultural Center was established in 1985 and is located on the historic Basque Block in Boise, Idaho. Its mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate Basque history and culture.
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