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Automobile at Shoshone Falls

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Idaho State Archives Month October 2014

Mark your calendars! October brings Archives Month back to the Idaho State Archives. This year we have partnered with Boise Public Library to offer information sessions at each of our locations. Join us to learn more about exciting new collections and resources, preserving your historic documents and photographs, property research, family history and more! 

 

2014 Idaho State Archives Month Kickoff: Snake River Basin Adjudication Court Collection

October 9, 2014

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Idaho State Archives

Unveiling of the Snake River Basin Adjudication (SRBA) Court collection.  Brigette Bilyeu, Special Master in the SRBA states, “The Snake River Basin Adjudication was one of the largest and most successful water adjudication cases ever completed in the United States.”  Following an Idaho Supreme Court Decision in 1982,  the Snake River Basin adjudication commenced in 1987, with litigation in test basins beginning in 1993.  The historically significant legal records will be transferred to the Idaho State Archives for permanent access to the public.  Guest speaker, Jennifer Stevens, Ph.D., Stevens Historical Research Associates, will discuss the research value of this collection.  

 

Amber Beierle: The Old Idaho Penitentiary

October 15, 2014

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Idaho State Archives

Between 1872 and 1973 the Idaho State Penitentiary housed over 13,000 inmates.  Constructed in large part by inmate labor, the Old Idaho Penitentiary stands as a reminder of Idaho’s Wild West past.  Horse thieves, moonshiners, bank robbers and assassins alike all called this penitentiary home.  Co-author Amber Beierle will discuss unique stories from inmates and guards plus answer questions about The Old Idaho Penitentiary book.

 

Information Session: Basic Storage & Preservation of Family Records & Photographs

October 18, 2014

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Idaho State Archives

Discover how to store and care for family records and photographs.  A professional archivist offers basic preservation guidance.  Topics include where and under what conditions materials should be kept as well as how to recognize signs of damage and counteract the effects.  Presented by Michal Davidson, Collections Archivist – Idaho State Archives.

 

Information Session: Researching Your Historic Property 

October 22, 2014

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Boise Public Library

The Boise Public Library and Idaho State Archives offer a number of collections that can assist researchers to learn more about their historic property:  when was it built, who built it, what changes have been made, for example.  This session provides an overview of several resources, including how to find, use, and interpret each.  Presented by Tricia Canaday, Architectural Historian - State Historic Preservation Office.

 

Information Session:  Laying the Groundwork: 1935-1985 – Fifty Years of Idaho Soil Conservation Districts at Work

October 24, 2014

10:00 – Noon

Location: Idaho State Archives

Learn about the 1935-1985 history of Idaho districts’ photograph and work documentation of conservation projects in all regions of the state.  Archival materials featured reflect the cooperative nature of projects between the soil conservation agency and farmers and ranchers.  Historical collections also reveal an increasing sophistication and awareness for new aspects of conservation.  Presented by Pam Demo.

 

Information Session: Researching Your Historic Property 

October 29, 2014

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Idaho State Archives

The Idaho State Archives offers a number of collections that can assist researchers to learn more about their historic property:  when was it built, who built it, what changes have been made, for example.  This session provides an overview of several resources, including how to find, use, and interpret each.  Presented by Tricia Canaday, Architectural Historian - State Historic Preservation Office.

 

Information Session: Family History Research – The Ancestor Connection

October 29, 2014

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Boise Public Library

Celebrate Archives Month with a fresh start on family history.  Gain an archivist’s perspective.  Learn tips on how to get started, organize research records, avoid genealogy pitfalls, and find alternate sources when the usual sources run dry.  This session will help both budding and experienced researchers alike.  Presented by Steve Barrett, Reference  Archivist – Idaho State Archives.

 

Randy Stapilus: Through the Waters: An Oral History of the Snake River Basin Adjudication

October 30, 2014

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Boise Public Library

Co-editor with the Idaho State Bar Water Law Section, Randy Stapilus will present the story of how water administrators and users joined with legal and technical professionals to decide water rights for thousands of Idaho users.

 

Archives Tours

The Idaho State Archives offers historical exhibits, introductory tours of the Research Center and Archives facility tours by appointment. The Idaho State Archives strives to educate government agencies and the citizens of Idaho about its collections and how to access them.

Abraham Lincoln Exhibit Tours

Schedule a tour of the Abraham Lincoln Legacy exhibit for your school or other group! Tours are one hour long, up to 20 participants per tour.

 

To schedule a tour or inquire about events contact us at (208) 334-2620 or email