Oral History Program and the 2023 Annual Newsletter

Each year we take some time to review the season and share information without about our work and reach. SIHA’s annual newsletter is available now! You can read a letter from our board president, find out the impact we made in 2023, enjoy a team highlight, and learn more about how our summer crew feels about their Sawtooth experience.

The SIHA Oral History Project presents...

We are excited to bring you a new winter series: Preserving Our History, in partnership with the Stanley Community Library. For decades, SIHA board members and volunteers have been recording interviews with people who have lived in and love the Sawtooth and Salmon River country. 

Thanks to the dedication of our newest board member, Susan Kim, we will begin sharing these recordings with the public over the winter. Each month, we’ll meet at the Stanley Community Library to unveil a new interview. 

The first program in the SIHA Oral History Project is a recorded conversation with Bethine Church. Bethine, wife of Senator Frank Church, spent her early years in Mackay, Idaho and at Robinson Bar Ranch. Recorded in 2009, her interview includes stories of her life, the SNRA, and the founding of the Sawtooth Society.

Other Oral History Project Tentative Dates

  • January 25: John Boccuzzo shares his experience serving with the CCC at Crouch, ID and Redfish Lake in 1939-1940.
  • February 15: Shirley Athy (audio only) shares her memories of living in Stanley from 1929-1935, when her father, Preston Linford, was working as a surveyor and construction engineer for the department of transportation.

Are you looking for a way to give back to the Sawooths?

Make a donation to SIHA on Giving Tuesday!

We are your boots on the ground, preserving, educating, and inspiring! Our donors give to SIHA because they know they are supporting information sharing, daily Junior Ranger programs, teaching people how to recreate responsibly, the preservation of local history, campground roving, discovery stations, ranger talks, custom education programs, guest speakers, and more!

This year Giving Tuesday falls on November 28th. “GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.” – givingtuesday.org