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Publications are one of the Council’s most important tools for educating the public of the value of Preserving Ada County’s Heritage.  Below are the books, brochures, plans and other information that is readily available from the Council.


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Echoes from the Ada County Courthouse, 1938-2001 by Arthur A. Hart

Our multiple-award winning book.  Full color, softbound, 112 pages. The history of the Art Deco-style Ada County Courthouse, as told by the people that worked there. A very entertaining & dynamic view of the daily happenings and major events at the courthouse during its first 63 years.

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Patterns of the Past: The Ada County Historic Site Inventory

Our Orchid award-winning book documenting structures in Eagle, Star, Kuna and unincorporated Ada County that meet the minimum eligibility requirements for inclusion on the National Register of historic places. Softbound. 166 pages.


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Barns of Ada County

A full-color glossy 24″x36″ poster depicting vintage barns in Ada County.


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Boise's Foothills Jewels: The Many Facets of Table Rock and Castle Rock.

This 8.5″x11″ two-sided brochure gives a brief overview of the history of the Table Rock/Castle Rock area.  Created May, 2006.

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Historic Star Walking Tour

This 11″x17″ black & white two-sided brochure highlights Star’s role in the early development of Ada County. The one and two-thirds mile tour span several decades of Star’s evolution as a hub of rural activity.  Created in 2001.
Last update May 2005.

A Walking Tour of Kuna's History
A Walking Tour of Kuna's History

This 8.5″x14″ black & white two-sided brochure highlights some of the historically and culturally significant properties in Kuna in a short walking tour.  Created August, 2004.  Last updated May, 2012

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The Ada County Courthouse

This 8.5″x11″ two-sided brochure gives a brief overview of the historical significance of the County’s second courthouse building.

More brochures…

Visit our County Treasure Award and Making History Award page for brochures that highlight past award winners


Western Heritage Historic Byway
Western Heritage Historic Byway

This 8.5″ x 11″ map highlights several sites of interest along the Western Heritage Historic Byway south of Kuna, Idaho. The majority of sites are within the scenic Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.   Map created in August 2004.

PowerPoint Shows

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A Brief History of the Kuna Area

by Arrowrock Group. November 2000, converted to PowerPoint format July 2005. Available for free download (NOTE: This file may take a considerable time to download if you do not have a fast internet connection!).

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Ada County Chronicles

By TAG, Inc.  Steve Malone, Project Manager.  This is a PDF version of the Council’s slideshow that provides an overview of the development of Ada County, Idaho.  This colorful presentation includes around 120 slides in a PDF file formatted for six slides per page.  Learn about the most significant events and people that shaped Ada County. Click here for a condensed PowerPoint version.

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Ustick: A Community on the Brink of Place

An overview of the history of the trolley suburb & farming hamlet of Ustick, Idaho.  Located on Ustick Road between Five Mile Road and Cloverdale Road, Ustick Townsite was platted in 1907 and prospered due to its proximity to the Boise Valley Railway trolley system.  The Townsite included Ustick School, a mercantile, a bank, and a creamery, all of which are still in existence today.  The area teemed with apple orchards and at one time supported three vinegar plants. This presentation by Ted Vanegas is derived from his graduate project at BSU and includes thoughts about the future of this neighborhood.

Click on the image at left to download the Powerpoint version of this presentation. Click HERE for a PDF version.

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Idaho’s Heritage Conference 2015

Idaho’s Heritage Conference was created to engage statewide partners in Preservation, History, Museums, and Archaeology in a cross-discipline conference that would allow for collaboration, inspiration, and networking.


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Imagine: Interpretive Master Plan for Ada County

by Vicki Jo Lawson, Shared Visions. May 1995. 45 pages plus appendices. A plan to provide a comprehensive interpretation of historic resources in unincorporated Ada County. (NOTE: This file may take a considerable time to download if you do not have a fast internet connection!).

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2006 Preservation Plan for Cultural and Historic Resources: Public Review Draft

October 2006, 116 pages. The Council’s first-ever preservation plan.  Included is a 20+ page timeline of significant local and national events in Ada County’s history, an overview of the Council’s past historic resource surveys, their past educational efforts, an analysis of applicable historic preservation law, and more.


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The 2017 Operating Plan is the Historic Preservation Council’s current annual objectives and strategies


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See our Historic Sites Inventory page for several reports prepared for various surveys of historic sites that have been conducted on behalf of the Council.