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Museum Events

Events at the Idaho State Historical Museum

The Museum is currently closed for renovation.  Museum Comes to Life will take place September 26, 2015, and will be held in Julia Davis Park due to the project.
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.


Idaho Songs Project  
Brown Bag Lecture

Join Gary Eller as he tells about the Idaho Songs Project, which was founded in 2006.  The mission of the Idaho Songs Project is to find, interpret, and preserve songs written before the radio era (before 1923) about early Idaho's people, places and events.  Such songs provide unique glimpses into the culture of early Idaho from the bottom up.

Gary sings, plays guitar, five-string banjo, and bass.  He was raised in West Virginia and lived in Ohio and Georgia prior to a thirty-year career in nuclear science and engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico.  He retired to Pickles Butte near Nampa, Idaho in 2004.  These diverse experiences have strongly influenced his musical contributions to many musical groups including Atomic Grass, Crossroads, and and number of duos and trios.  Gary won the 2005 Horseshoe Bend, Idaho banjo contest with two original compositions, and placed second in the 2006 competition.  CD's will be available for purchase.

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


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 the Museum renovation and expansion, the lectures will be held at the Washington Group Plaza, Central Auditorium.  Admission is free. Donations are welcome.