‘Quarters for Quarters’ drive aims to restore Fort Boise building

awebb@idahostatesman.comFebruary 18, 2014 

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Preservation Idaho is raising money to rehab the surgeon’s quarters at Fort Boise, one of the city’s oldest and most iconic sites. Shown here is the interior of the soldier’s quarters, circa 1915.


Preservation Idaho, the organization that educates and advocates for Idaho’s most significant historic structures, recently kicked off its 2014 fundraising effort with “Quarters for Quarters,” the campaign to restore Fort Boise’s historic surgeon’s quarters.

The surgeon’s quarters, sometimes called the quartermaster building or Building 4, is one of the oldest on the site — and the city. It dates to 1863.

The drive got its name thanks to third-graders at Whitney Elementary in Boise who donated $30 worth of their quarters after touring the historic site.

Preservation Idaho members raised more than $18,000 in 2013 for the project and hope to raise another $75,000 in donations, grants, labor and materials in 2014. If you’d like to donate, find a link through this column at IdahoStatesman.com or visit preservationidaho.org.

• Preservation Idaho hosts its 3rd Annual Modern Masters talk on architect, inventor and industrial designer Art Troutner. Nels Reese, an architecture professor emeritus at University of Idaho who also worked for Troutner, will speak. The event, which includes a coffee and dessert reception, is from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Idaho Transportation Department Auditorium, 3311 W. State St. in Boise. Tickets at $25; $20 for PI members. Get tickets online at preservationidaho.org.


The foundation held its 40th annual award luncheon in December to announce the local recipients of $172,000 in grant money. Forty-three nonprofit organizations benefitted. The following organizations received the largest grants:

• United Way of Treasure Valley: $34,475

• College of Idaho: $30,000

• Caldwell Fine Arts Series, Inc.: $8,000

• Treasure Valley YMCA, Caldwell branch: $7,000

• Boise State University College of Engineering: $5,000

• Women’s and Children’s Alliance: $5,000.

Since its first grant distribution in 1973, the foundation, established by Ethel Bales Whittenberger in 1970, has provided nearly $9 million in grants to a variety of nonprofit organizations in Idaho.

The foundation gives priority to innovative projects that improve the quality of life for children and young people. This focus carries forward Whittenberger's life-long interests as expressed in her will.


The Idaho Nonprofit Center hosts another session, from 4 to 6 p.m., Feb 20, at the Boise Public Library Main Branch.

Nonprofit staffers can join their peers in conversation with experts on legal issues, fundraising and organizational management.

A featured roundtable discussion on marketing and communication insights with Chris Campbell, communications manager at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, will take place at 4:30 p.m.

The Idaho Gives program will also have an information table at this event.


This marks the third year that musician and Capital High graduate Curtis Stigers has worked with music students at his alma mater in preparation for a special benefit concert.

This year’s show is at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 in the Capital High Auditorium. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance. Contact Benji Simmonds for tickets: 854-4575.

Proceeds benefit the music program.

Stigers will sing and play with his trio, then perform with the Capital Singers and the Capital Jazz Ensemble.


The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association will award thousands of dollars to deserving students going into agricultural irrigation or turf-landscape irrigation fields in 2014.

In 2013, the IIEA awarded $18,000 in scholarships to 29 students. College scholarships ranged from $500 to $1,000 per student. Students were selected on the basis of academic accomplishments, activities, leadership, and interest in pursuing a degree in an agricultural irrigation or landscape-related field.

Students who will be enrolled in a college program in the fall semester of 2014 are eligible to apply.

Applications are available at www.idahoirrigationequipmentassociation.org. The deadline is Feb. 24. Questions? Contact Scholarship Chairman Dirk Leavitt at 226-5639.


Here’s a chance for you to enjoy an entire “super foods” dinner created by local chefs using organic and seasonal ingredients.

The “Food is Medicine” dinner is a fundraiser for the Idaho Chapter of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. The event is at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St. in Garden City.

The fundraiser coincides with the organization’s effort to get the Idaho Legislature to create a law that would license trained naturopaths in Idaho.

For tickets and more ways to help, visit www.idaanp.org.


Metacognition is the topic for the next TeachIdaho seminar for teachers. Krista Oberlindacher, International Baccalaureate coordinator at North Star Charter School and Cynthia Weiss, who has written several manuals on the right and left sides of the brain are the presenters.

The seminar is at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 24, at Louie’s Pizza, 2500 E. Fairview Ave. in Meridian. Attendees must RSVP to Kali Kurdy at kkurdy@teachidaho.org by Feb. 21.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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