Get A Rare Glimpse of Idaho's 'Loving Cup,' Awarded in 1903 

The Idaho State Historical Society unveils a gem each year to the Idaho Legislature

click to enlarge The "Loving Cup" won by Idaho in 1903.

Idaho State Historical Society

The "Loving Cup" won by Idaho in 1903.

The Idaho Legislature's budget-writing committee has the unpleasant Solomon-like task of dividing up Gem State revenues and determining how the state's agencies and departments—health and welfare, education, prisons, you name it—will be funded.

It's a grim process; that is, with the exception of one day each year.

Idaho State Historical Society Executive Director Janet Gallimore stood before members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee this morning to request nearly $5.5 million for the agency that preserves Idaho's history and manages up to 74 buildings and hundreds of acres of land across Idaho.

Gallimore also updated lawmakers on her agency's ambitious $10 million project to dramatically revamp the Idaho State Historical Museum in Boise's Julia Davis Park, adding approximately 10,000 square feet of exhibition space. The renovation requires nearly two years, and Gallimore is hoping to unveil the new museum in 2017.

But JFAC members were also anxious to see what Gallimore had brought to the State Capitol this morning, in what has become an annual show and tell. Each year, Gallimore brings a real gem from the state archives, and this morning didn't disappoint.

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