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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
Idaho's Silent Heroes
January 10, 2017

Renaissance High School teacher Janelle Gilson, and her student, Josh White, were one of fifteen teacher-student teams across the country selected to participate in the 2016 National History Day Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute. Janelle and Josh spent the school year researching the story of Silent Hero Ray O. Coffey, a combat engineer from Idaho, who gave his life in World War II shortly after the D-Day landings in Normandy. In June, they traveled to Washington D.C. to finish their research, and then journeyed to Normandy, France with the other teacher-student teams to visit the D-Day beaches, museums and historic sites. Their final stop was the Normandy American Cemetery, where Josh delivered a heartfelt eulogy next to Combat Engineer Coffey's grave.
Janelle Gilson has been teaching Research in the 21st Century for the last six years at Renaissance High School (RHS).  Josh White is currently a Junior at RHS.  He is the president of the National History Day Club, the captain of the Academic Decathlon Team, a math tutor at RHS’s Pi Center, and a Pharmacy Technician in training.

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.