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photo of circa 1915 automobile

Automobile at Shoshone Falls

Photo Credit: Idaho State Archives

Home Sweet Idaho

American Archives Month October 2016

Mark your calendars! October brings Archives Month back to the Idaho State Archives. Join us to learn more about exciting new collections and resources, preserving your historic documents and photographs, property research, family history and more! Our 2016 theme is "Home Sweet Idaho" and we invite you to explore the concept of "sense of place" and what it means to you. 

With the exception of the movie night fundraiser all events are FREE, open to the public and do NOT require reservations!

Spooky Movie Weekend at Old Idaho Penitentiary
Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds

Friday, September 29, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)

Location: Old Idaho Penitentiary 

The Idaho State Historic Preservation Office presents the 1963 American horror film The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. Rated PG-13. Viewer discretion advised.  

Limited seating available! Tickets are $6 each via brownpapertickets.com. Joe’s Traveling Bar will be selling beer, wine, water and soda. Candy and popcorn will be available for purchase. No outside food or drinks. Chairs provided – blankets and flashlights recommended!

Proceeds support Preservation Month programs (May 2017).

Spooky Movie Weekend at Old Idaho Penitentiary
House on Haunted Hill 

Saturday, October 1, 8pm (Doors open at 7pm)

Location: Old Idaho Penitentiary

The Idaho State Archives presents 1959 horror classic House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price. Five guests are invited to a haunted house party with a $10,000 prize – come see who makes it through the night filled with ghosts, skeletons, murderers and other terrors. Unrated. Viewer discretion advised.  

Limited seating available! Tickets are $6 each via brownpapertickets.com. Joe’s Traveling Bar will be selling beer, wine, water and soda. Candy and popcorn will be available for purchase. No outside food or drinks. Chairs provided – blankets and flashlights recommended!

Proceeds support Idaho Archives Month programs.

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Basic Preservation, Documents and Photos

Saturday, October 1, 10:00am

Location: Idaho State Archives

Layce Johnson, Processing Archivist

Discover how to store and care for family records and photographs! A professional archivist offers basic preservation guidance. Topics include where and under what conditions materials should be kept as well as how to recognize signs of damage and counteract the effects. Archival quality storage supplies will be available for purchase following the presentation with a 10% discount to all attendees!

Pioneering the Idaho Landscape

Wednesday, October 5, 7:00pm

Location: Idaho State Archives

Jamee Fiore, Architectural Historian, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office

Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was enacted. The Act created a way for communities, states, and the nation to recognize significant historic properties by listing them in the National Register of Historic Places. Idaho has formally recognized properties of significance by listing thousands of properties across the state in the National Register. The National Register categorizes properties into five distinct types: building, structure, site, object, and district. We’ll look at each of these property types and discuss their importance to us, as well as, understanding our past, present, and future. These properties share the rich history Idaho played in pioneering of the west.

Beyond Borders - Boise Bench History Projects

Wednesday, October 19, 7:00pm

Location: Idaho State Archives

Jim Duran, Barbara Perry Bauer, Angie Davis

Join local historians Jim Duran, Barbara Perry Bauer, and Angie Davis for a panel presentation of their work conducting historical research on the Boise Bench. This Archives Month presentation will discuss the challenges of conducting neighborhood research, explore the various sources and different types of historical materials that are available, and illustrate how neighborhood history connects our present cultural identity with our collective past. Come discover the rich sources of history on the Boise Bench, and learn more about Boise's historical collections.

Researching Historic Properties

Saturday, October 29, 10:00am

Location: Idaho State Archives

Jamee Fiore, Architectural Historian, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office

The workshop will provide an overview of available sources to research historic properties. Included in the workshop is a handout with tips, lists of sources, where to find them, and how to use them. Additionally, the handout will have contact information for the speaker should there be additional questions. Stick around after the presentation to begin your research at the Idaho State Archives Research Center!

Archives Tours

The Idaho State Archives offers historical exhibits, introductory tours of the Research Center and Archives facility tours by appointment. The Idaho State Archives strives to educate government agencies and the citizens of Idaho about its collections and how to access them.

 

Abraham Lincoln Exhibit Tours

Schedule a tour of the Abraham Lincoln Legacy exhibit for your school or other group! Tours are one hour long, up to 20 participants per tour.

 

To schedule a tour or inquire about events contact us at (208) 334-2620 or email