Volunteers give time to reconstruct piece of Idaho's history

LEWISTON, ID - Community members continue to volunteer their time in an effort to reconstruct a historical landmark in the City of Lewiston.

So far citizens have volunteered more than 1,000 hours working on the revitalization of Idaho's First Territorial Capitol in the downtown area of the city. The Capitol Project is in the second phase of construction which is scheduled for completion in November.

"It's a part of history," said Knapp Construction owner Kelly Knapp. "This is how Lewiston started out as the capitol of the territory of Idaho and it's nice to see it rebuilt and to bring back the history."

"It's a worth while cause," said Knapp Construction foreman Rockne Snyder. "I think everybody should get a chance to come down and help out if they can, because they're always looking for volunteers."

The Capitol Project was started nearly six years ago by a dedicated committee of men and women who pledged to build a commemorative monument dedicated to the start of Idaho State history. The Idaho Interpretive Center is tentatively scheduled for completion by July 2013, as part of Idaho's Sesquicentennial celebration.