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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
Crafty Cons

July 11, noon to 1 p.m.

ISHS staff Anthony Parry and Amber Beierle will be sharing their stories and insights of the new Old Pen exhibit. "Crafty Cons" explores the fascinating history of hobby work at the Old Idaho Penitentiary and current Idaho State Correctional Institute (ISCI) facility. Items on display include a cribbage board made by the infamous murderer turned religious convert Harry Orchard, and a jewelry box crafted by an inmate currently incarcerated at ISCI. Amber and Anthony discuss the history and evolution of craft work, designed to help rehabilitate inmates.

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

Annual Events 
Museum Comes to Life (postponed until 2018)

Last Saturday in September

Julia Davis Park, Boise

The Idaho State Historical Museum (ISHM) has celebrated Museum Comes to Life for over 40 years, as it is our annual living history event.  The Museum hosts featured performances at the Bandshell, with musicians and dancers from many cultures and genres.  The event features vintage vehicles in the parking lot adjacent to the Rose Garden, including police cars, and a stage coach.  Participants have included 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!  The event is free!  

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. 

 

 

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