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  • History Happy Hour Presents: Idaho Day! 100 Years of the People’s House
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    On March 4th, 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed a Congressional act that officially created the Idaho Territory. Since 2013, March 4th commemorates Idaho’s inspiring past, present, and future as Idaho Day. History Happy Hour is honored to present Idaho Day 2021 virtually through a special event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Idaho State Capitol building!

    The Capitol’s construction began in 1905 and continued across two phases until it was dedicated to the people in 1921. Inspiration for our “Capitol of Light” came from many places and times. Some resources were sourced locally, connecting the statehouse with the land that surrounds it, while other skills and supplies came from around the world!

    Tune in for a conversation about what makes Idaho’s statehouse spectacular. Join Andy Erstad, Chairman of the Capitol Commission and owner of Erstad Architects, and Tricia Canaday, Administrator of the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office. Special guest moderator, Janet Gallimore, Executive Director of the Idaho State Historical Society, will give you a rare opportunity to learn how 100 years of history shape the Capitol we see today! Ask your questions during the live audience Q&A or email them ahead of time to

    Be sure to register early for this free virtual event; space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Reserve your spot now!

  • First Thursday at the Idaho State Museum
    5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Enjoy free admission at the Idaho State Museum on March 4th, 2021 from 5pm – 8pm registrants may drop in any time after 5pm. Last admission 7:15pm. Limited capacity registered visitors only will be allowed into the Museum. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2.

  • Family Second Saturday: Trailblazing Women of Idaho
    12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Come and celebrate the opening day of our brand-new exhibit, Trailblazing Women of Idaho, with our special family program.

    Explore a classroom full of activities that honor centuries of Idaho’s women, from artists and astronauts to adventurers and advocates. Discover what you have in common with these trailblazers, learn how they changed the world, and get inspired to follow your own path.

    Family Second Saturdays will take place on the second Saturday of each month. All ages welcome! Programming is free with Museum admission. Timed entry with limited numbers. To secure your spot for this program, purchase your tickets to the Museum in advance.

    All ages welcome! Interested in attending more than one Family Second Saturday? Consider becoming a Member at the Idaho State Historical Society and enjoy access to the Idaho State Museum and Old Idaho Penitentiary all year long.

  • Cemetery Tours
    12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    March 20-26, 2021. Experience a unique tour of the Idaho State Penitentiary and its rarely seen prison cemetery. Unlock the mysteries of the dead with us as guides explore where incarcerated individuals died, what their final moments were like, and where they are laid to rest. Discover why more than half the cemetery is riddled with “Unknown” markers (or often no markers at all) and why some names cannot be found in any prison register.

    Purchase tickets here.

    Your Cemetery Tour ticket also entitles you to a self-guided tour of the prison the day of your visit and the information booklet, “Buried Secrets: Inmates of the Idaho State Penitentiary Cemetery.” Cemetery Tour tickets include admission to the Old Idaho Penitentiary site and exhibits, including our newest exhibit, Disturbing Justice (a graphic novel retelling of the ISP’s riots and disturbances).

    This event is FREE for Idaho State Historical Society Members! The Old Idaho Penitentiary is open extended spring break hours March 20-26, 2021 (12:00pm to 7:00pm daily, last admission 6:00pm).

    Cemetery Tours: 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 5:00 and 6:00 daily. $16 admission. Limited to only 15 spots per tour to ensure the safety and best experience of all guests.

    “Dark Side” Presentations: 4:00pm daily. $10 admission. Presentations in our auditorium featuring a virtual tour of the cemetery and darker stories, for those desiring a more accessible and socially distanced experience (does not include physical tour of the cemetery).

    – Guests must be 18 or older to attend Cemetery Tours or Dark Side presentations unless accompanied by an adult. Recommended for ages 13+ due to graphic content.
    – Tickets must be purchased online before arriving for Cemetery Tours, Dark Side presentations, and regular admission.

  • Virtual Spring Break Camp: Wild Idaho
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Pre-purchase a Wild Idaho Spring Break Explorer Kit complete with Idaho-themed arts and crafts, science experiments, games, and more!

    Available to ship or pick up starting March 15th, each kit will include an explorer journal, activity instructions, and necessary activity materials.* Wild Idaho Spring Break Explorer Kits are accompanied by live online camp sessions daily from 10am-11am using Zoom, a web-based platform for video conferencing. Virtual camp sessions are highly encouraged but not required for students to attend with the purchase of a kit. Compete in a boat race, navigate using a homemade compass, create a creature, and sit with us around our virtual campfire! It’s a safe and interactive experience that campers won’t forget! Explorer Kits are recommended for campers in grades 3-5.

    Option 1: Curbside Pickup – Explorer Kit + Interactive Zoom classes $35
    Option 2: We Ship to You- Explorer Kit + Interactive Zoom classes $45

    Virtual Camp: Wild Idaho Explorers

    March 22-26
    Recommended for Grades 3-5 | Daily Virtual Sessions 10am-11am

    Learn about the wilds of Idaho from your very own home. Purchase an Explorer Kit and join us daily for virtual sessions to meet other campers, complete Explorer Kit activities, play games, ask questions, and explore the museum virtually with our museum educators.

    Compete in a boat race, navigate using a homemade compass, create a creature, and sit with us around our virtual campfire! It’s a safe and interactive experience that campers won’t forget!

    Pre-purchase now!

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    ISHS Members will receive $5 off their total camp purchase!

    *Not included: pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, tape, ruler

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