Exhibits at the Idaho State Historical Museum
March 1 - April 12
Baseball and football, soccer and volleyball, rodeo and roller derby, few aspects of American culture so colorfully and passionately celebrate the American experience as our devotion to sports. Through artifacts, photos, and video, Hometown Teams investigates how watching and participating in sports shapes our community, our state, and our national character. Whether it’s professional contests watched on television and in giant stadiums, tournaments played on the collegiate or scholastic level, or amateur games played in parks and playgrounds, sports occupy an important place in our culture. By showcasing current and historic athletes, equipment, and fan memorabilia, Hometown Teams will help you discover how sports have become an integral part of American Society.
Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Hometown Teams has been made possible in Idaho by the Idaho Humanities Council and the Florence Wasmer Fund for Arts and Culture at the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.
Treat yourself to a visit to the Idaho State Historical Museum and experience the rich cultural heritage of the unique place that is Idaho. Learn the state’s story through objects, photographs, and first-person accounts the museum has carefully preserved for generations. Extensive collections of artifacts and interactive exhibits vividly bring to life Idaho’s past for visitors of all ages. Children will enjoy trying out a variety of saddles, touching an actual hydraulic “giant” mining nozzle, and taking a virtual tour of the Oregon Trail in Idaho. Exhibits dramatically convey the differences between daily life in Idaho “then” and now.
The Story of Idaho
Discover how Idaho’s diverse landscape, powerful economic forces, and strong people shaped the state we know today. Rich in the actual objects of the past, some of them thousands of years old, The Story of Idaho takes visitors through the times of Idaho's first residents, missionaries, and fur traders. See how the 1860s gold rush created Idaho Territory, and how pioneer settlement, logging, and farming changed the state’s landscape forever.
Lewis and Clark
The Journey in Idaho traces the voyage of the famous explorers across the West from 1804 to 1806. Learn about the Nez Perce and Shoshoni Indians
who helped Lewis and Clark on their journey through Idaho. See a rare, original Jefferson peace medal from the expedition and examples of wildlife the explorers named for science. Climb aboard a dugout canoe and then take a quiz to see if you can match samples of fur with the wild animals they came from.
Journey to the Gold Mountain
During the American gold rush, many people crossed the Pacific Ocean from China to try to make their fortunes in the Idaho gold fields. Journey to the Gold Mountain: The Chinese in Idaho sheds light on the story of Idaho's early Chinese residents, how they made a living, and the difficulties they faced.
Immerse yourself in the past in the museum’s Hall of Historic Interiors. Richly detailed room settings transport visitors back in time to a frontier saloon, 1860s print shop, and many others.
Enjoy history in the great outdoors with a stroll through the newly renovated and landscaped Pioneer Village next to the museum. Three of the buildings are from Idaho's territorial days and served as homes for prominent local citizens. Learn about centuries-old building techniques, relax a moment in the Lewis and Clark Pavilion, and explore hands-on activities in the lushly landscaped Discovery Trail. For more information contact (208) 334-2120.