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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
Tradition and Heritage of Bosnian and Herzegovinian Refugees in Idaho

December 13, 2016 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Maya Duratovic

Idaho has been influenced by waves of immigrants, each contributing in some way to the history of the state. Bosnians are a modern day example of how history develops in Idaho. The Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cultural Center's mission is to preserve the rich Bosnian heritage brought to the American melting pot of cultures. In this presentation you will hear a brief history about the Bosnian people and the reasons why so many made Idaho their home.

Maya was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was 11 years old when her family immigrated to Boise. After graduating from Boise State with a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Maya traveled, lived and worked in Spain for a year. She currently works at Boise State University in the English department. She is in the second year of the Professional MBA program at BSU. Her multicultural background led her to become a board member of several local non-profit organizations that promote cultural exchanges, diversity and contribute to the expanding cultural scene in Boise.

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 

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. 

2016 Schedule