Events at the Idaho State Historical Museum
Essential Idaho Exhibit Closes Soon
Sunday Hours 12-5 pm during December
The Museum is extending December hours to include SUNDAYS from 12:00 - 5:00 pm! Because our Essential Idaho exhibit closes December 31, we are offering more opportunity to enjoy the exhibit. Don't miss this amazing trip through our state's history, art, and natural wonders. Have fun with lots of hands-on family activities. Jump the Snake River, build a capitol, stand on BSU's blue turf, and take a dip in our GIANT baked potato! Essential Idaho has something for everyone.
The public is invited to celebrate the much-loved Marionette Program during its final season. Before Bertha the talking cow is put out to pasture, the museum will offer two more performances of "Bertha Goes West," for the public. On Saturday, December 7 Hands-on History's "Pioneer Christmas" will showcase performances at 12:30 and 2:00 pm.
The Marionette programs have educated and entertained thousands of school children since 1960. The Idaho State Historical Museum and the Junior League of Boise created two shows for local third and fourth graders to supplement educational programs offered at the Museum. Designed for third graders, "Bertha Goes West" tells the story of a pioneer family from Virginia traveling the Oregon Trail through Idaho with their talking cow, Bertha. Fourth graders enjoyed "Pigtails and Goldpans" highlighting the influence of Idaho's Chinese population during the gold rush. Join the Museum staff in bidding Bertha a fond farewell.
December 7, Noon - 3:00 pm
Start the holiday season off with a walk back through history. Join us for the December Hands-on History, "Pioneer Christmas" featuring crafts and gifts pioneer families would have shared during their holiday festivities. While you are at the Museum, don't miss watching one of the last two performances of the Marionette feature "Bertha Goes West." The performances are highlighted at 12:30 and 2:00. All Hands-on History activites are included with the price of admission.
December 10, Noon - 1:00 pm
Join the creators of the book Boise Pops - A Century of Music for the People of Boise and Sandra Culhane, Executive Director of the Boise Philharmonic, as they tell the story of the "Legacy of Music in Boise."
Boise Pops author J.M. Neil describes in word and picture the legacy of music in Boise from 1910 to 2010. The book tells the story of the evolution of today's favorite institutions such as Music Week, Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, Opera Idaho, Gene Harris Jazz Festival, Boise Baroque Orchestra, Alive After Five and notes other groups that have come and gone over the years. Boise Pops addresses the changing demographics of Boise as reflected in its citizens' musical tastes. Neil points out how the need for performance spaces led to music lovers and philanthropists working together to create new venues. This never-before-told story is illustrated with 140 splendid, seldom-seen photgraphs, many from historical archives. Books will be available for purchase. The program will be held at Washington Group Plaza, Central Plaza Auditorium, 720 Park Blvd. Admission is free at this location. Donations are accepted.
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 and are free to the public during calendar year 2013. With the exception of the 2013 calendar year from September through May the lectures take place at the Idaho State Historical Museum and June through August they take place at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. The Brown Bag Lecture Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Historical Museum and Old Idaho Pen. Regular admission fees apply. Friends of the Museum and ISHS member are admitted for free.
What’s It Worth?
February 23, 2014 10 am - 4 pm
Join the Friends of the Historical Museum as they sponsor their sixth annual “What’s It Worth?” event at the Idaho State Historical Museum. Treasure Valley evaluators will assess the value of your treasures such as art, books, coins, jewelry, clothing, stamps, small furniture, LPs, 45s and record albums, clocks and watches, guns firearms and militaria, hunting, fishing and western collectibles, Indian items, china, and dolls. The entry fee at the door is $5 per person and $10 per item to be evaluated.
The Vinyl Preservation Society keeps the day moving as their turn-table churns out vintage tunes. Guests are encouraged to roam the Museum's exhibits in between evaluation stations. Coffee and pastries are available to patrons. Don’t miss a chance to clean out your closets and find out what your personal valuables might be worth. For more information call 208-334-2120. Proceeds from "What's It Worth?" help with programming at the Museum and the Old Idaho Penitentiary.