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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.


Bear Massacre National Historic Landmark Archaeology Research 
May 12, 2015
Brown Bag Lecture

 Join Ken Reid, Idaho State Archaeologist, as he summarizes the results of archaeology fieldwork at the 1600-acre Bear River Massacre National Historic Landmark. The landmark commemorates the bloodiest encounter between Native American and white men that took place in the West in the years between 1848 and 1891, which resulted in the deaths of almost 300 Shoshone and 14 soldiers. It is located approximately four miles north of Preston, Idaho.

In 2014, fieldwork got underway at selected parcels of the privately owned 1600-acre Bear River Massacre National Historic Landmark. Ken will describe the challenge to identify bits of the 1863 landscape that have survived into 2014, and the process for understanding their relationship to historic (1863 and 1926) maps of the battlefield and massacre ground. Ken and his team used magnetometry, ground penetrating radar and metal detectors in the archaeology fieldwork. Attend this Brown Bag Lecture to learn more about this significant Idaho historical landmark.


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.