Idaho Territory

In the 1840s, a million Irish citizens died of starvation during what became known as the “Great Hunger.” Taking up the desperate cause of his countrymen was a spirited and wealthy young orator named Thomas Francis Meagher.

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License plates honoring the 150th anniversary of the Idaho Territory are at risk of disappearing unless more history buffs step up to the plate.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that only about 220 of the Idaho Territorial Sesquicentennial plates have been sold each year during the initial three-year grace period, but now that the grace period is over state law requires at least 1,000 plates be sold or renewed each year to keep the design in use.

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Scholars often look to Abraham Lincoln as one of the most important figures in American history. Memorials to the famous president continue almost 150 years after he was killed, including last year’s blockbuster film bearing his name.

Monday, Idaho memorialized Lincoln with a special ceremony, commemorating the sesquicentennial of the day he signed the bill designating the Idaho Territory.