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  • Painting with a Partner: Sawtooth Mountains
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

    Painting with a Partner Returns to the Idaho State Museum!

    Spending a lot of time with your closest people? Or have you been separated from them for a long time? Either situation can cause a strain on your relationship. Now is the time to put a twist on your Thursday night, get creative together, and bond over brushstrokes!

    Get together with your bestie or your boyfriend; your partner or your parent. No painting or art experience necessary. Recommended for ages 13+. Come ready to create, laugh, and connect while painting special art pieces to remind you of this memorable night for years to come.

    Date: 8/13/2020
    Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
    Cost for 2 people: $60

    Registration includes:
    • Two lightly pre-sketched, 14”x18” canvases
    • All acrylic paint colors needed
    • Paintbrushes, water cup, palette, and paper towel
    • Inspirational “Abstract Sawtooths” images for reference
    • History “lesson” and related images
    • Step-by-step painting lesson – Virtually or on-site! You choose at registration!
    • Fun games and activities throughout the evening

  • History Happy Hour: Beer, Brewers, and Breweriana
    5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

    When it comes to beer; do you like it from a bottle, can, or under the glow of neon as it pours from a tap into a glass? Did you know that all those items are considered breweriana?

    Breweriana is defined as, “… a wide range of items having to do with beer and brewing.” ( In Idaho, beer has been a part of the community and economy since 1862, decades before it became a state. Idaho’s breweriana chronicles the stories of our beer, brewers, drinkers, and collectors since the 19th century.

    This History Happy Hour, join brewers and collectors around the state as we dive into Idaho’s history of beer through the lens of breweriana. Joe Prin (beer can collector and radio personality) and Steve Armstrong (beer bottle and other breweriana collector and beer historian), are coming together with Graham Lilly (owner of Hunga Dunga Brewery), Paige and Mike Francis (owners of Payette Brewing), and Beth Betchel (CEO and CBO of Bear Island Brewing) to talk about Idaho’s beer culture, past and present. Moderated by Alison Espindola (Event & Rental Coordinator at the Idaho State Museum), panelists will discuss Idaho beer and what we can learn from the artifacts of this beloved beverage.

    Before the event, grab some beer from Hunga Dunga Brewing, Payette Brewing, Bear Island Brewing or all three to taste the difference! Then head home, get comfortable, and enjoy this History Happy Hour with the Idaho State Museum.

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

    Photo credits: Idaho Beverage Store, ID Ms511-314C, Photographer Everett L Shorty Fuller, Idaho State Archives

  • Paranormal Investigation – August 21, 2020
    9:15 PM to 2:00 AM

    August 21, 2020 (9:15pm-2:00am) Join Big River Paranormal as they use their unique equipment and knowledge to attempt to connect with inmates and guards of the past.

    Purchase Tickets Now!

    Participants must be at least 18 years old (ID required).

  • Captivating Conversations: Disturbing Justice
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    See the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s newest exhibit, “Disturbing Justice: An Illustrated History of ISP Uprisings,” then join the Old Idaho Penitentiary team for a discussion of exhibit, with audience Q&A afterward! Doors open at 6pm with the opportunity to view the exhibit, followed by discussion and Q&A at 7pm. Admission is $6 per person, and FREE for Idaho State Historical Society Members. Pre-register at beginning Tuesday, July 28 at 10am as this event is limited to ensure social distancing.

    “Disturbing Justice” tells the story of the major riots and disturbances that took place at the Idaho State Penitentiary through brand new, local, graphic novel-style artwork. We are excited to share these complicated, thought-provoking, and increasingly relevant stories with visitors.

    “Captivating Conversations” is a new lecture series, hosted by the Old Idaho Penitentiary and featuring a variety of guest speakers and topics ranging from the history of the Idaho State Penitentiary to the issues facing correctional institutions today.

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