This is a very historic day in the history of idaho. 150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln signed a congressional act to make Idaho a territory. This evening in the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel, this banquet, is the kick off the 150 year celebration.
The banquet, hosted at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Events Center is a sight to behold. Local companies and dignitaries are attending. This event will be full of culture and local Idaho history.
"It gives us a chance to review our historyto look at where we come from to look at the traditions of our pioneers of the earlysettlers and the railroad, and our relationship with the native americansand to appreciate where we come from and the beauty of this area," Jacquee Alord, Chair of the East Idaho, Idaho at 150 Commitee said.
This event is a kickoff, thus only the beginning of the celebrations of this sesquicentennial celebration.
Alord added, "Here in bannock county we will be having a whole series of events."
The historic importance of this celebration was felt by both senators from the state of idaho. Jim risch and mike crapo spoke about the significance of this rare occasion.
Senator Crapo noted, "On this day 150 years ago, president lincoln signed the bill creating the idaho territory."
Senator crapo truly felt that having the signature of abraham lincoln gave a strength to the heritage of idaho
Crapo added, "With his signature, the bill became law and abraham lincoln created the foundation for our great state.
With a state so richly endowed with landmark memories, we the people of idaho can look forward to another 150 years of making history. Kpvi news 6 / dave martinson