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Museum Events

Events at the Idaho State Historical Museum

The Museum is currently closed for renovation.  Museum Comes to Life will not take place in 2014 due to the project.
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.


History of Monastery of St. Gertrude's, Brown Bag Lecture
Sept. 9, 2014

 In 1907, Mother Hildegard Vogler relocated the mother house and novitiate of the order of St. Benedictine on a piece of land given to them near the new prairie town of Cottonwood, Idaho.  Three miles from town, the new site, with a frame house and chapel, provided a view across the prairie of the Clearwater and Bitterroot Mountains, glimpses of the rocky Seven Devils mountain range and a permeating aroma of pine which reminded the Swiss sisters of their homeland.

At this program, you will enjoy hearing about the path of the missionary sisters from Sarnen Switzerland to the Inland Northwest where they established schools and convent communities.

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

Annual Events 
Brown Bag Lecture Series
January through December 

This series 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.  From June 2014 until the Museum renovation and expansion is completed, the lectures will be held at the Washington Group Plaza, Central Auditorium.  Friends of the Museum and ISHS members are admitted for free. Donations are welcome.