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Museum Events

Events at the Idaho State Historical Museum

The Museum is currently closed for renovation.

Other events will be taking place offsite. Check out events at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, and our Brown Bag Lecture Series at Washington Group Plaza. 

Brown Bag Presentation
150 Years of Idaho Latino History through Music and Word
March 14, 2017

Musician and composer, Bonifacio "Bodie" Dominguez of Lewiston, and cultural activist and singer, Ana Maria Schachtell of Boise, will talk about the traditional Mexican corrido, or ballad, as a perfect tool to celebrate the history of Latinos in Idaho.  They will perform some of the stories and ballads included in the book "Nuestros Corridos: 150 Years of Latino History through Song & Word - 1863 to 2013."  Joining the presentation will be Gerardo "Lalo" Barca and Abel R. Garcia, who also wrote songs and poetry for the project.

Location: Central Auditorium, Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd, Boise.  Free admission.


Annual Events 
Museum Comes to Life

Last Saturday in September

Julia Davis Park, Boise

The Idaho State Historical Museum (ISHM) will be celebrating our 41st year of Museum Comes to Life, our annual living history event.  The Museum will host featured performances at the Bandshell, with musicians and dancers from many cultures and genres.  We will feature vintage vehicles in the parking lot adjacent to the Rose Garden, including police cars, and a stage coach.  We will have the Idaho Woodcarver’s Guild, Idaho Civil War Volunteers encampment, WWII reenactors, Society for Creative Anachronism, and many other reenactors and dynamic groups demonstrating historic trades, cultures, games and crafts.  Fun for all ages!  Participants will also include Celebration Park, and Idaho Botanical Garden.  The event is free!  There will be vendors selling food on site.

Brown Bag Lecture Series
January through December
2017 Schedule 

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Historical Museum, and includes twelve lectures by celebrated experts on unique aspects of Idaho history, covering a wide range of topics of interest to a variety of age groups. The Brown Bag lectures take place the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 pm.  During the Museum renovation and expansion, the lectures will be held at the Washington Group Plaza, Central Auditorium.  Admission is free. Donations are welcome. 



Featured Exhibition

Julia Davis Park postcard
Julia Davis Park Renovations
Brown Bag Lecture Series

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