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  • Virtual Trivia Tuesday with the Idaho State Museum
    5:30 PM to 6:15 PM

    The Idaho State Museum is back with another virtual trivia night! Come test your knowledge of weird, funny, and unique Idaho history. After registering for the month’s Trivia Tuesday participants will receive the Zoom link with instructions on how to play (Trivia is presented on Kahoot). The winner will receive free entry into next month’s trivia game AND a grand prize! Additional prizes and opportunities to support the Idaho State Museum will be available throughout the night as well.


    $5 for non-members, Free for Idaho State Historical Society Members.

    Registrations are non-transferable. Idaho State Historical Society event tickets and registrations are not eligible for refunds.

    Photograph Credit: White City Amusement Park. 1978.002.0016. Idaho State Archives

  • History Happy Hour: Preserving Your Photos and More
    5:30 PM to 6:00 PM

    Nearly every person has photos, papers and items that document the history of their lives. They are often irreplaceable objects that sometimes carry generations of memories with them. But preserving these objects cannot always be left up to chance! Archivists work to preserve these memories and more so stories can continue to be told.

    Tune into this upcoming virtual History Happy Hour to meet two archivists working at the Idaho State Archives, Danielle Grundel (Photo Archivist) and Layce Johnson (Collections Archivist). They keep Idaho’s photographs, newspapers, maps, and more safe and ready for people to learn from now and in the future. Together with moderator Alison Espindola (Event & Rental Coordinator, Idaho State Museum), learn more about why your memories need preserving and what you can do to protect them. Participate in the audience Q&A by asking questions in the chat bar during the event or by submitting them earlier to

    Grab a drink to go (maybe a tasty Meriwether Cider, like their Blackberry Boom Cider or Pineapple Habanero), get comfortable at home, and spend some time with the Idaho State Museum during this History Happy Hour!

    Make sure to register early for this complementary event; space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

    Photo credits: Photographic Society- Dark Room, ID P2006-18-161, by Bob Lorimer, Idaho State Archives

  • Paranormal Investigation – July 25, 2020
    9:15 PM to 2:00 AM

    Join Big River Paranormal as they use their unique equipment and knowledge to attempt to connect with prisoners and guards of the past.

    This event is sold out! Stay tuned for more information on the next Paranormal Investigation on August 22, 2020. Ticket sales for that event begin Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00am.

    Individual tickets are $35 each. Participants must be at least 18 years old (Photo ID Required).

  • 32 Cells Art Show: Women’s Edition
    6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Swell Artist Collective and the Old Idaho Penitentiary have partnered for the fifth year in a row to present 32 Cells! This art show will feature 32 works of art by local artists inspired by stories of women incarcerated at the historic Idaho State Penitentiary. Artwork will hang on prison cell doors for viewing. All pieces will be available for purchase.

    Purchase Tickets Now!

    Join us Saturday, August 10th from 6pm to 10pm (last admission 9:15pm). Self-guided tours of the site will be available, along with food trucks and no-host bar. Timed entry is limited to 50 guests arriving per hour at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, or 9pm. Choose your arrival time when purchasing tickets, and arrive within 15 minutes of your entry time. Admission is $8 at the door. Due to the graphic nature and subject matter of this show, it is recommended for ages 13+ only. All admission proceeds benefit Swell Artist Collective and Idaho State Historical Society education programs.

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