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  • History Happy Hour
    5:30 PM to 6:00 PM

    The Idaho State Museum is back again with another History Happy Hour Zoom event! For June’s virtual First Thursday we are celebrating local artists. Angela Stewart, owner, designer and press-operator of locally owned Ladybug Press will share her artistic approach to her products accompanied by Kelly Horsley, M Store Manager at the Idaho State Museum. Together with Liz Hobson, Museum Administrator at the Idaho State Museum, they will discuss how the Museum’s gift shop has a unique role supporting Idaho-made products and why it is important to buy local and support Idaho brands.

    Tune in to see Ladybug Press’ artistic process, hear the discussion, and participate in the audience Q&A. Get comfortable, grab a drink, and enjoy another History Happy Hour with the Idaho State Museum!

    Support Angela Stewart, owner of Ladybug Press, by purchasing at You can also find a variety of Ladybug Press Product at the M Store in the Idaho State Museum. The Museum will reopen to the general public on June 13, 2020 to limited capacity.

  • Make Hunger History
    10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Join us for a four-day food drive and the rare opportunity to drive through the Old Idaho Penitentiary grounds and experience the site from a brand new perspective.

    “Make Hunger History” takes place June 5-8, 10:00am-5:00pm each day. Guests bringing five canned food items and $5 in cash will be able to enter through the 1931 Sally Port entrance, the historic vehicle entrance into the Idaho State Penitentiary, carrying on a nearly 90-year tradition of onsite food delivery. 100% of proceeds and donations will benefit St. Vincent de Paul and the Idaho Foodbank, supporting Idahoans in need at this time.

    Vehicles must be less than 8 feet wide and 9 feet tall in order to enter. Larger vehicles that don’t fit through the port can still drop off donations to staff and volunteers located outside the prison walls. Photo opportunities will be available inside, but guests must stay inside vehicles unless instructed to exit by staff or volunteers. Individual buildings will not be open for entry.

    Please note:
    – Vehicles should have no more than four occupants, and individuals must adhere to guidelines for social distancing. Vehicle occupants must also be from the same household and not have an illness or in the process of recovering from an illness.
    – Only a limited number of vehicles will be allowed into the prison grounds at one time, which could mean wait times.

    Press Release:

    We are excited to welcome you back to the Old Idaho Penitentiary. For more information on the Idaho State Historical Society’s phased re-opening plan, visit

    Let’s work together to “Make Hunger History!”

  • Paranormal Investigation – June 6, 2020
    9:15 PM to 2:00 AM

    Paranormal Investigations are returning to the Old Idaho Penitentiary with a June 6 members-only investigation – free with your ISHS membership. What better way to spend a Saturday night than joining Big River Paranormal as they use their unique equipment and knowledge to attempt to connect with prisoners and guards of the past.

    Registration is now open!.

    Individual members receive one free ticket, Dual memberships are eligible for two free tickets, and Family memberships can receive up to four free tickets. Event is limited to 50 people, and registration ends on Friday, May 15 at 10:00am. Participants must be at least 13 years old due to low visibility onsite and mature content.

    For more information on becoming an Idaho State Historical Society member or to become a member, visit

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

    Come test your knowledge of weird, funny, and unique Idaho history and culture during a virtual trivia night hosted by the Idaho State Museum. 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.

    Mark your calendars- all Trivia Tuesday nights are from 5:30-6:15pm on:

    • June 9th
    • July 14th
    • August 11th

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

    Photograph Credit: Marble Champions, ID: P2006-18-394, Idaho State Archives

  • Virtual Family Second Saturday: Idaho’s Great Outdoors
    10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

    Summer has just begun so let’s get out and have some fun! We will first explore the great indoors by going on a short virtual journey throughout the Idaho State Museum. We will see the people, places, and animals that call Idaho home. After the brief virtual tour, step away from the screen and enjoy the great outdoors by completing a scavenger hunt as a family in your backyard, neighborhood, or community.

    Take the interactive tour in real-time on Zoom, a web-based platform for video conferencing or watch the recording another time!

    Each household must register separately in order to participate.
    Accessible by laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone.
    Internet and audio accessibility required.
    Space is limited to 100 participants.


    Free to Idaho State Historical Society members

    We are asking for a suggested donation of $5. Please pay what you can to cover the cost of program.

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