“My classes at LCSC taught me how to locate primary sources and use them to share historical information, and to look at the big picture, not just a narrow topic or detail".
Leah Boots, Nez Perce County Executive Director and 2013 LCSC Social Sciences Graduate
Within a year of her December 2013 graduation from Lewis-Clark State College with a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences: History, Leah Boots landed her dream job of heading the Nez Perce County Historical Society's Museum.
As the new executive director, she has been busy overseeing the renovation of the museum and putting in motion a film project on the significance of the early Chinese pioneers and their descendants to the history of Lewiston, Idaho, and the surrounding areas. In her first months on the job she already has successfully secured a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council to bring this project to life.
According to Boots, her education and time as a research assistant in college helped her to prepare well for this new position. "Senior internships were very useful for hands-on experience and making contacts", said Boots. From the get-go she developed a vision for the historical society. True to the spirit of LCSC's motto of "connecting learning to life", Boots today feels "strongly about making sure history is accessible to people and we're able to connect the public with their history". Indeed, as she puts it, "I really enjoy connecting people to the history that is all around them".
You are all encouraged to visit the museum and to talk to her about the history of Nez Perce County. Moreover, Boots and the museum board plan to put into place a volunteer program, open the society's Heritage House as a historical house museum and work on possibly expanding the physical campus of the existing museum in the months ahead.
To learn more about the great accomplishments of our students and faculty members during the past year, read our FACULTY & STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS 2014 - 2015 NEWSLETTER.
The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC) is a non-profit organization serving as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The IHC is dedicated to serving Idaho citizens by promoting greater public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities.
The Council accomplishes its mission by awarding grants to organizations statewide, and by working with organizations as partners to develop local humanities projects and programs, and by sponsoring its own Council-conducted programs, such as summer institutes in the humanities for K-12 teachers, library reading/discussion programs in small communities, traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institution, a Humanities Speakers Bureau, Distinguished Humanities Lectures, and other projects and programs limited only by the imagination.