Idaho State History Professor Dr. Hope Benedict has been named recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award by the Idaho Humanities Council.
This award is the Idaho Humanities Council's highest honor and is awarded annually to recognize a high achievement that fosters greater understanding or appreciation of the humanities.
Benedict has served as the President of the Lemhi County Historical Society for over two decades. Her organizational leadership rejuvenated the Lemhi County Historical Society and she oversaw the purchase of the Salmon Public Library’s former building to expand educational opportunities in 2020. Due to her efforts, community engagement through historical tours, exhibits and public programs in Salmon have increased dramatically.