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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.


From Rags to Riches

Rediscovering a Greatness on the Idaho Frontier

August 11, 2015
Brown Bag Lecture

Author Steve Branting will explore how the history of Lewiston, Idaho, has been resurrected, reexamined and redefined, producing a groundswell of community pride and a model that any community can emulate.  

The Idaho State Historical Society conferred upon him the 2011 Esto Perpetua Award, its highest honor, citing his leadership in "some of the most significant preservation and interpretation projects undertaken in Idaho."  Steve's books 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. 



Featured Exhibition

Steven Branting
From Rags to Riches
Brown Bag Lecture
Aug 11th