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Events at the Idaho State Historical Museum

The Museum is currently closed for renovation.

Wednesday, June 22nd, at 12:30 p.m. Join us for a Groundbreaking and Tribal Ground Blessing at the Idaho State Historical Museum in Julia Davis Park! Comments from Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter and Dignitaries. Idaho State Historical Society sites will have altered hours so that we may all participate in this exciting kickoff to our Museum renovation 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.


Brown Bag Presentation: Railroads in Southwest Idaho

June 14, 2016 noon to 1:00 p.m.

In 1883, the Oregon Short Line railroad entered the Boise Valley and created the towns of Kuna, Nampa, and Caldwell.  By the late 1890's, the Treasure Valley was home to five different railroads running North and South.  Eriks Garsvo will present a history of the railroads of Southwest Idaho.  He will take you back in time when the rails were the life blood of the valley, and what has since become of them. 

Eriks grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and moved to Idaho 14 years ago.  His passion for history and railroads came together when he started volunteering at the Canyon County Historical Society.  He has been with CCHS for five years and currently resides on their board and is the project manager for restoring a 1942 Union Pacific caboose at the Nampa Depot.  Recently he created the historic tour of the Boise Depot and leads tours the first Sunday of each month.

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

Annual Events 
Brown Bag Lecture Series
January through December 

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. 

2016 Schedule


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