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  • POSTPONED: Captivating Conversations: Idaho’s Merci Boxcar
    04/03/2020
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Note: This event has been tentatively postponed. Please watch this space and our social media pages for information on a rescheduled date.
    Join Jane Sweetland, author of Boxcar Diplomacy, her book chronicling the story of the Merci Train – boxcars sent to the United States a postwar gift of thanks from France to the United States. The Old Idaho Penitentiary houses Idaho’s boxcar, which will be on display along with other artifacts during the event. Sweetland will discuss this unique piece of world history with visitors, sharing her research, photos and video of the train’s U.S. arrival. Enjoy a discount on all Old Idaho Penitentiary Gift Shop purchases during the event, including copies of Boxcar Diplomacy. Site opens at 6:00pm. Presentations begin at 6:30pm. Free for for all guests!

    “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. Stay tuned for more event announcements on this website and our Facebook page.

  • CANCELED: Family Second Saturday: Jammin’ to Jazz
    04/11/2020
    12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    NOTE: The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is of the highest priority. As such, in an effort to be proactive and help prevent the spread of the virus in our community, public access to Idaho State Historical Society sites, including the Old Idaho Penitentiary, Franklin and Stricker Ranch Historic Sites, the Idaho State Museum, and the Research Center at the Idaho State Archives will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20, and all programming and events are currently canceled or postponed until further notice.

    For regular updates on future events, programming and rental opportunities please visit: https://history.idaho.gov/updates/

    April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Listen to the smooth sounds of Idaho’s own Gene Harris and design a piece of artwork inspired by the music and instruments of jazz musicians.

    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.

  • CANCELED: Paranormal Investigation – April 11, 2020
    04/11/2020
    9:15 PM to 2:00 AM

    Note: The April 11 Paranormal Investigation has been canceled. Stay tuned for more information on future 2020 Paranormal Investigation events at the Old Idaho Penitentiary.
    Join Big River Paranormal as they use their unique equipment and knowledge to attempt to connect with inmates and guards of the past.

    Individual tickets are $35 each. Investigation from 9:15pm to 2:00am. Participants must be at least 18 years old (Photo ID Required).

  • Summer Camp: Get To Know Idaho
    07/27/2020
    9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Get full access to the Idaho State Museum this summer! Join us for a summer of exciting and innovative adventures!

    Each week your camper will participate in:

    • Exclusive tours of the Museum’s exhibitions and access to one-of-a-kind artifacts that tell stories from Idaho’s past
    • Artmaking including drawing, painting, sculpture, and more!
    • STEM activities related to Idaho structures, ecosystems, and technologies
    • Excursions to other cultural sites in and nearby Julia Davis Park
    • Outside games and activities including farmer freeze tag and our salmon migration obstacle course
    • Showcases and art exhibitions of campers’ projects on Fridays for parents and guardians

    Get to Know Idaho

    July 27-31
    9am-4pm, M-F
    Entering grades 3-5
    $150 Member, $200 Non-member

    Learn about Idahoans that have made our state great and defined history. Come experience first-hand the roles of innovators, explorers, artists, scientists and more! Master your leatherworking skills, design a map of the park for a camp friend to navigate, and build a bridge that can span a canyon while we learn about the important roles people play in a community.

  • Summer Camp: Boomtown
    08/03/2020
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Get full access to the Idaho State Museum this summer! Join us for a summer of exciting and innovative adventures!

    Each week your camper will participate in:

    • Exclusive tours of the Museum’s exhibitions and access to one-of-a-kind artifacts that tell stories from Idaho’s past
    • Artmaking including drawing, painting, sculpture, and more!
    • STEM activities related to Idaho structures, ecosystems, and technologies
    • Excursions to other cultural sites in and nearby Julia Davis Park
    • Outside games and activities including farmer freeze tag and our salmon migration obstacle course
    • Showcases and art exhibitions of campers’ projects on Fridays for parents and guardians

    Boomtown

    August 3-7
    9am-12pm
    Entering Grades K-2
    $150 Member, $200 Non-member

    Explore the people, places, and history that make Idaho great! Campers will engage with Idaho’s cultures, traditions, architecture, recreation and more through hands-on activities, museum exploration, and play. Plant your own crop, build Boise’s newest skyscraper, and join our Museum parade as we learn about and celebrate our community.

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