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  • “A Life of Adversity, Achievement, and Service” Featuring Guest Speaker Reginald Reeves
    5:00 PM

    Reginald Reeves, of Ketchum, Idaho, is attorney and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Reeves was the first Black attendee and graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1952. In 2014, he received the nations highest award for volunteerism and second highest civilian honor awarded by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Outstanding Public Service Award.

    For questions contact:
    Phillip Thompson

  • “They Called Us Enemy” Book Club at the Idaho State Museum
    7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    In this concluding event for the book club series, visit the Smithsonian Travelling Exhibition Service’s “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II” for free at the Idaho State Museum before discussing George Takei’s graphic novel memoir, “They Called Us Enemy.” Set the discussion to the backdrop of Japanese American incarceration in America as well as here in Idaho at sites like Minidoka. Make origami paper cranes with Micah Hetherington, Visitor Services Representative at the Idaho State Museum, and broaden your understanding of Japanese American peoples’ experience during World War II.

    Join us as we explore actor and activist George Takei’s graphic novel memoir, “They Called Us Enemy.” Takei chronicles his childhood experience of imprisonment in a Japanese American incarceration camp with his family during World War II. Drop by to enjoy coffee, discussion, history tidbits, and more. At the meetings, attendees will talk about the book, discuss the experience of Japanese Americans during WWII, and think critically about this time in American history. Find copies to borrow from the Library here: or purchase one from the Idaho State Museum store or Rediscovered Books. The book club is free and open to the public.

    The book club aligns with the Smithsonian Travelling Exhibition Service’s “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II.” The exhibition is at the Idaho State Museum from January 25-April 5, 2020.

    All three of these events offer a unique experience based on this one graphic novel.

    • February 10: Boise Public Library, 7:00pm
    • February 24: Neckar Coffee, 7:00pm
    • March 9: Idaho State Museum, 7:00pm

    Presented by the Idaho State Museum and the Boise Public Library.

    For more information, please reach out to the Idaho State Museum at or by calling 208-780-5194.


  • “Bamboo and Barbed Wire” Film Screening
    6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    Join the Idaho State Museum on Thursday, March 12th, for a special screening of the film Bamboo and Barbed Wire by Idaho filmmaker Karen Day. Afterward, hear about Karen Day’s experience researching and making this feature-length film. Bamboo and Barbed Wire documents the stories of Japanese-Americans incarcerated at the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Jerome County, Idaho.

    This event is in connection with the new exhibit at the Museum from the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit, Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II, which opens to the public on January 25th, 2020.

    Included in the screening and presentation, guests can visit the Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II exhibition presented in the Syringa gallery at the Idaho State Museum.

    This event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Doors open at 5pm for visitors to explore the new exhibit. Program begins at 6pm.

    Seating for this event is limited. Guests must bring a ticket or voucher for admission, even for free member tickets. Please register and bring the ticket or voucher in when you arrive for the screening.

    All proceeds from this event will go to the Museum’s Traveling Trunk program. These trunks extend the Museum experience into classrooms all over the state of Idaho. They contain primary sources for students to engage with, along with three full hours of activities for teachers to facilitate with their students. One of the new trunks to be offered focuses on the history of the Minidoka Camp that was located near Jerome, Idaho.

    For more information about the screening, please reach out to the Idaho State Museum at or by calling 208-780-5194.

  • Paranormal Investigation – March 13, 2020
    8:00 PM to 2:00 AM

    What better way to spend a Friday the 13th than joining Big River Paranormal for the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s first Paranormal Investigation of 2020! The team will use their unique equipment and knowledge to attempt to connect with inmates and guards of the past.

    Ticket sales begin this Tuesday, February 11 at 10:00am. Watch this page for the purchase link. Individual tickets are $45 each, and include self-guided tours of the site between 8pm and 10pm. Site opens 8pm. Last admission 10pm. Paranormal Investigation 10pm-2am. Participants must be at least 18 years old (Photo ID Required).

  • Family Second Saturday: Mine a Pot O’ Gold
    12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a family at the Idaho State Museum. Step into the shoes of an Idaho gold miner and try your luck at taking home a pot o’ gold through our hands-on gold panning activity.

    Family Second Saturdays will take place on the second Saturday of each month. Families are encouraged to drop in any time to create and learn together through these hands-on activities.

    All ages welcome! Free with Museum admission.

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