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Museum Events

Events at the Idaho State Historical Museum

First ThursdayFirst Thursday
May 1, 5-9 pm

Help us celebrate Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month with author and guest speaker Richard Holm at 7:00 pm.  He topic is Keeping Watch: Fire Lookouts of Idaho.  Admission is free from 5-9 pm.

Idaho Archaeology & Historic Preservation Speaker
May 8, 7-8 pm

Enjoy a special presentation by John Rose as he examines a History of Fire Lookouts on the Salmon-Challis National Forest at the Special Exhibits Gallery at the Museum.  The lecture is part of Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month featuring  programs throughout the state during the month of May. The talk is free and open to the public.

Brown Bag Lecture
May 13, Noon - 1 pm

Museum 1950Join the Friends of the Idaho Historical Museum and Old Idaho Penitentiary as Jody Hawley Ochoa, Museum Director, speaks about Evolution & Expansion:  A Change is Coming to the Museum.  She will explore the evolution of the Museum from a one room display in a local home to its current location in Julia Davis Park.  From the establishment of the Idaho Pioneer Association in 1881 to the creation of the Idaho State Historical Society as a state agency in 1907 up to today, the Museum has collected, preserved and exhibited Idaho's rich history.  Ms. Ochoa will look at the people, places and events leading up to our current status and then discuss the changes to come.

Ms. Ochoa has been with the Idaho State Historical Society since 1982 and has been Director of the Museum since 2006.  Jody was born and raised in Boise, attended the University of Idaho and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Museology.

The Brown Bag lecture will be held at the Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 E. Julia Davis Drive.  Attendees are welcome to bring lunch.  Admission fees are: $5 adult, $4 senior, $3 ages 6-12 and students with valid ID.  No charge for Friends and ISHS members.

Annual Events 
Brown Bag Lecture Series
January through December 

This series 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 2014, from February through May the lectures will take place at the Museum.  From June through December, the lectures will be held at the Washington Group Plaza.   Regular admission fees apply.  Friends of the Museum and ISHS member are admitted for free.