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  • Sister Alfreda Award Ceremony
    2:00 P.M.

    Please join the Idaho State Historical Society for the 2019 Sister Alfreda Award Ceremony, hosted by the Lost River Museum in Mackay, Idaho.

    Saturday, May 25th, beginning at 2 P.M.

    The Sister Alfreda Elsensohn Award for Outstanding Service was initiated in 2008.  It has been a joint award given annually by the Idaho Heritage Trust, Idaho Humanities Council, and Idaho State Historical Society to recognize outstanding service by an Idaho museum, historical society, or interpretive organization/association.


  • First Thursday 75th Anniversary of D-Day
    5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

    First Thursday Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the Battle of Normandy.

    Join us at the Idaho State Museum Thursday, June 6th at 6:00 P.M. for a talk by Dr. David Walker on the Battle of Normandy. Walker is a history professor at Boise State University. His talk “D-Day plus 75:  Risk and Reward and Willie and Joe” dives into the historic battle, and comic characters Willie and Joe. These illustrations helped publicize the life of infantrymen during World War II.

    First Thursday is free to the public from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

    Dr. David Walker teaches history at Boise State University. He specializes in US military history, World War II, the history of firearms and tactics, the history of US Foreign Relations, as well as International Terrorism.

  • Movie at the Museum: Saving Private Ryan
    7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

    Whether you love movies or diving deep into history, you won’t want to miss an exclusive screening of Saving Private Ryan Friday, June 7th at the Idaho State Museum.

    This unforgettable film is being shown in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Normandy.

    Attendees will also have access to a limited time pop-up exhibit showcasing uniforms, weaponry, and other memorabilia from World War II from the Idaho State Museum collection.

    Friday, June 7th at 7:00 P.M.


    Members: $7.00

    Non-Members: $9.00

    Doors open at 6:00 P.M., general seating only. Concessions will be available for purchase.

  • Sleepless in Stripes II
    07:00 PM to 07:00 AM

    Due to popular demand and at long last, the Old Idaho Penitentiary is offering guests a chance to stay overnight! Our second Sleepless in Stripes is a simulated prison experience, beginning with check-in, mug shots and even a souvenir “uniform” shirt! Guests will have chowtime at the site, inmate “rec” time activities (behind the scenes exploration), a paranormal investigation hosted by Big River Paranormal, and an overnight stay in our historic cell houses.

    Tickets are $100 each (price includes shirt, mugshot and intake form to take home, and dinner and breakfast) and space is limited to only 35 people. Ticket sales will begin on Monday, May 6 at 12am on our website (link coming soon!). Due to the uncomfortable nature of the site, and because a paranormal investigation is included, guests must be 18 or older to attend.

    *This is a prison experience! Guests will feel the rough conditions inmates lived through during their overnight stay. A liability release form will be sent to all ticket purchasers via the email address provided when you purchase tickets. Each participant must complete and sign this form and send it to the Old Idaho Penitentiary by Wednesday, May 15 at 5:00pm GMT to be guaranteed their requested shirt size and for food restrictions to be noted. All participants must submit a completed liability release form by Thursday, June 6 at 5:00pm GMT.

  • Summertime Stories
    10:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

    Tuesday Mornings, 10:30 A.M.-11:00 A.M.

    Join us for a story and activity time for children Pre-K-2nd grade and their caregivers. A different theme will be explored each week that highlights the stories and people of Idaho.

    *No registration required

    *Free with purchased admission

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