New curator Kelly J. Stanford (center) accepts the ION Heritage Museum keys from retiring curator Joann Cunningham at Cunningham's retirement party. (Photo courtesy of Tara Echave)
JORDAN VALLEY – Joanne Cunningham, 82, has retired as curator of the Idaho-Oregon-Nevada Heritage Museum after 19 years.
Kelly Stanford, whose husband is Cunningham’s nephew, was selected last spring to be the new curator after her family joined the Jordan Valley Owyhee Heritage Council. The council manages the museum.
“We knew she was ready to retire, so we decided we'll help out at the museum,” Stanford said. “We signed up to be on the board and the night we signed up, the council approved us to be members of the board.”
Right after Stanford’s selection for the council, Cunningham said, “Okay, I . . .