Presented every two years, the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts and History celebrate people, organizations and businesses that contribute to Boise’s creative and cultural community. Award recipients demonstrate distinguished service, creative accomplishment and a record of publication, presentation, or research that enhances Boise’s artistic, historic and broader cultural life.
Bob Reinhardt, an associate professor in the Department of History, received the Excellence in History award. Reinhardt’s research focuses on communities in the American West lost to hydroelectric, flood control and irrigation dam construction from the 1920s to the 1970s. He is collecting the stories of these lost places for a public digital platform, the Atlas of Drowned Towns. In 2022, Reinhardt received a nearly $1 million grant from the United States Army Corps of Engineers to continue his research of lost towns in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
An awards ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Treefort Music Hall, 722 W. Broad St. in Boise.
Read more about the awards and buy tickets for the event at the Boise Arts and History website.