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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.

Just Around the Corner: North End Neighborhood Grocery Stores

MARCH 8, 2016 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Small, independent "neighborhood" or "corner" grocery stores once dotted the neighborhoods of Boise and were common fixtures in the North End.  Today, they are little more than a memory. 

Barbara Perry Bauer, of TAG Research and Consulting, will share the stories and culture of corner grocery stores within the boundaries of the North End Neighborhood Association as part of a project aimed at documenting the more than 30 local grocers that existed between 1909-1972.

Barbara has a special interest in the history of neighborhoods and urban development, and has been the project manager of historic site surveys in Boise, Caldwell and Ada County.  She has an M.A. in Public History and is a founding member of TAG, of which she has been a principal investigator since 1993.

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