Here We Have Idaho
Regional anthem of Idaho
Albert J. Tompkins
|Music||Sallie Hume Douglas, 1931|
"Here We Have Idaho" is the official state song of Idaho. The music for the Idaho state song, composed by Sallie Hume Douglas, written by McKinley Helm and Albert J. Tompkins, was copyrighted on 4 November 1915, under the title "Garden of Paradise."
In 1917, McKinley Helm, a student at the University of Idaho, wrote the verse which became the chorus of the Idaho State song, and Alice Bessee set the words to the music by Sallie Hume Douglas. The song was popular then, and Bessee had no idea of its origin.
This song won the annual university prize for that year and eventually became the university's alma mater. Albert J. Tompkins, Director of Music in the Boise Public Schools, wrote a set of verses for the song. In 1931, the Idaho Legislature designated "Here We Have Idaho," previously known at the University of Idaho as "Our Idaho," as the Idaho state song.
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