click to enlarge Mary Reed is one of two recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities award given out by the Idaho Humanities Council. - COURTESY MARY REED
Courtesy Mary Reed
Mary Reed is one of two recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities award given out by the Idaho Humanities Council.


The Idaho Humanities Council will honor Mary Reed, former executive director of the Latah County Historical Society, at a ceremony July 8 at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute.

Reed, of Pullman, recently won the council’s Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities award for her lifelong commitment to Idaho museums, support of local history and passion for the public humanities. At the ceremony, several individuals will help roast and toast Reed, followed by Reed saying a few words about how the humanities have inspired her work. Doors open at 6 p.m. The formal program begins at 7. Light refreshments will be served.

Reed served 23 years as the director of the society. Under her leadership, it became one of the leading local historical societies in the West, she established a modern fundraising program, created a collections policy and led efforts to establish the society’s quarterly newsletter, “Latah Legacy,” according to a news release from the council. Reed also was instrumental in the resurrection of the Idaho Association of Museums and served as the organization’s president.

The institute is at 1040 Rodeo Drive, Moscow.

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