Since 1977, Preservation Idaho has hosted the annual Orchids & Onions Awards, a ceremony designed to celebrate those individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation, and in turn, to bring awareness to those projects which have shown an insensitivity to historic preservation.
The 36th Annual Orchids & Onions Awards ceremony was held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Hosting the ceremony in Idaho Falls was truly an honor as this was the first time Orchids & Onions has been held in southeast Idaho.
The event began at 11:00 a.m. with the award ceremony where approximately 60 attendees made it in from the rain. The ceremony was held in the historic stained glass sanctuary of the church, followed by a delicious lunch, and then 3 rotating tours: starting in the 1917 historic church, then through a 2013 Orchid Award recipient (Contribution to Preservation) the A. G. Changnon Residence (refurbished/renovated by the Carr Foundation), and last the 1916 Old Carnegie Library which was saved from demolition and is now part of the Museum of Idaho.