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Museum Events

Events at the Idaho State Historical Museum

The Museum is currently closed for renovation.

Other events will be taking place offsite. Check out events at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, and our Brown Bag Lecture Series at Washington Group Plaza.

Brown Bag Presentation: National History Day in Idaho

May 10, 2016 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Join Lori Hickman, History Day in Idaho Coordinator, along with competitors of the National History Day in Idaho competition.  Lori will tell about National History Day, its beginning and background.  The students will present their winning work. 

 Over 300 students in Idaho have qualified to advance to the National History Day in Idaho Contest, which will be held Saturday, April 23, at the College of Idaho in Caldwell.  The top 2 winners from each age division (except youth) and category will advance to the National Contest to be held June 12-16 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. 

National History Day is an exciting way to engage students in history. The program pulls students out of the classroom and into the world of the professional historian. Students track down information about historic people and events by exploring archives, libraries, and other resources. This research leads to new insights and original conclusions that students use to prepare exhibits, documentaries, websites, papers, and performances.  History Day is a great way to teach students critical thinking skills while instilling a lifelong love of history.

Location: Central Auditorium, Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd, Boise.  Free admission.

Annual Events 
Brown Bag Lecture Series
January through December 

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Historical Museum, and includes twelve lectures by celebrated experts on unique aspects of Idaho history, covering a wide range of topics of interest to a variety of age groups. The Brown Bag lectures take place the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 pm.  During the Museum renovation and expansion, the lectures will be held at the Washington Group Plaza, Central Auditorium.  Admission is free. Donations are welcome. 

2016 Schedule