Basis for our obtaining the National Pioneer Hall of Fame for Burley, Idaho
A. More pioneer trails crisscross through this area than any other like area in the United States.
B. Perhaps the single most important factor in our Heritage Area is The Oregon Trail Natural Park. This Natural Park is located about 12 miles west of Burley, Idaho. This Oregon Trail Camp Ground is a National Treasure as it is "One of a Kind" and it is still "Natural", almost like it was over 150 years ago. The old wagon ruts are still very visible. All of these historical sites come within the general categories mentioned in The National Heritage Areas Policy Act of 2001 (H.R. 2338). This area was also selected by the National Park Service in 1978 as one of the key sites on the Oregon Trail.
C. Over the past several years, we have worked very closely with many groups, organizations, businesses, individuals, collectors, historians, museums, libraries, governments and schools in accordance with and pursuat to provisions of the Joint Exercise of Power Act. Idaho Code Annotated Section 67-2328.
D. Thus, because of the partnerships that we have formed, we have access to may historical artifacts and collectables. Reference the Cultural Heritage Assistance Partnership Act of 2001 - H.R. 1882.
E. Our Federal Identification Number is 01-0845451 and DLN Number 17053 2730 30005. We were also organized under and pursuant to the Idaho Non-Profit Corporation Act, Chapter 3, Title 30 Idaho Code ("Act") and registered on June 6, 2005, with Identification Number C161146.
F. We have been working within the guidelines of The National Heritage Areas Policy Act of 2001 (H.R. 2338), and have the Joint Exercise of Power Act Section 67-2328. Thus, we were also able to establish our 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Foundation in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Federal Government.
G. Governor John Evans has been one of our strong supporters and Governor Dirk Kempthorne said, "When full realized, this wonderful facility will be the envy of the nation - providing a centralized location, bringing together information, histories and artifacts, and honoring the individuals and groups that have contributed to America’s heritage. The National Pioneer Hall of Fame will be a crown jewel of Idaho tourism."
H. A few years ago, after we had formed our "Charter Group in Idaho" and had worked with Washington D.C. on our project to make "All America a better and more prosperous place”, we received encouragement from President Bosh, "Mr. Whipple, thank you for your support and friendship as a 'Charter Member from Idaho'. With your help, we can make America stronger, safer and more prosperous. Best Wishes." signed by President George Bush.