Boise High Girls Tumbling, circa 1933 Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) P62-20-0072
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Table of Con te n ts
I n tr o d u c t i o n In her classic history of our city, The Peace Valley, Annie Laurie Bird described Boise on the day of its birth in 1863 as a “whole plat … covered by a scrubby growth of sagebrush,” one that “did not present a very likely location for a future city.” Four decades later, on his first visit to Idaho for the “Big Bill” Haywood trial, famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow came upon a Boise that he later described as “luxuriant,” “resplendent,” “a beautiful garden spot,” and “the Athens of the sagebrush.” In less than a generation, it seems, Boise went from arid wasteland to (Darrow again) “a bright green gem in a setting of blue.”
David H. Bieter
Such a transformation is not surprising to those of us who have witnessed Boise’s more recent history of growth and national acclaim. From the beginning, it seems, this community – the most geographically isolated in the lower 48 states – has had everything it needed to become one of the most livable cities in the country: pleasant climate, abundant resources, creative people, and a shared determination to make a great city even better. The 150th anniversary of the founding of Boise is an opportunity for all of us to learn about our city’s fascinating past and to help chart its bright future. This special section of the Idaho Statesman is your guide to the opportunities and events that make up BOISE 150, our city’s official sesquicentennial celebration. We’ve come a long way from that scrubby growth of sagebrush. Let’s join together, as a community, to honor Boise’s epic story.
David H. Bieter, Mayor
From T H E DIRECTOR
The City of Boise and its Department of Arts & History present an array of opportunities for residents and visitors to learn about Boise’s past, consider its present, and plan for its future. This guide provides you with an overview of BOISE 150 and a full calendar of events confirmed at time of printing.
of Boise City Department of Arts & History Please take time this year to explore your community. Learn your history. Attend an arts event. Take a hike. Participate in a cultural activity. Purchase BOISE 150 commemorative items created by participants in the Local Merchant program.
This guide provides an overview of the many things happening throughout the year. Visit Boise150.org for updates on events, projects, merchandise, and more.
BOISE 1 5 0 COMMEMORATES t he 1 5 0 t h anniv er sary o f t he c it y ’s fo u nd ing
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INTRODUCTION BOISE 150 C on c ep t s What does Boise mean to you? In planning for the 150th anniversary of Boise, three main concepts surfaced: Community, Environment, and Enterprise. These concepts anchor the creation of the city we know today – and clearly speak to its future. Consider how these concepts developed in the past, how they manifest in the present, and how they might evolve in the future.
Native Americans lived in and around Boise for thousands of years and continue to do so today. Many other cultures, religions, ethnic groups, civic organizations, and neighborhoods also call Boise home and all contribute to the city’s collective identity.
Boiseans irrigated and manipulated arid land as well as used other natural resources to provide livelihoods and establish permanent settlement. Many residents have also cultivated a love for our natural surroundings and outdoor recreation. Sometimes these uses and values coexist harmoniously; sometimes they conflict. In addition, national and regional policies affect the local environment.
Boise Automobiles, ISHS 74-76.5
Enterprise Boise became a thriving community, despite its geographic isolation, through building infrastructure, such as roads, rail, irrigation canals, homes, and businesses. With this foundation, entrepreneurs forged an economic base that continues to evolve today.
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Boise’s historical patterns over the past 150 years parallel other cities in the American West. People have lived in all parts of the United States, including the West and the Boise area, for thousands of years. The rapid transformation to a predominately Euro-American society brought with it new cultural traditions and lifestyles.
Since its founding, Boise has grown from a small settlement to a vibrant urban center with outstanding business, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities.
BOISE ’ S LANDSCAPE , RESOURCES and Settlem ent
During this era, native populations became increasingly marginalized for numerous reasons, paramount among them disease, hunger, and violence. In 1869, army wagons transported many of those remaining in Boise to the Fort Hall reservation more than 250 miles east.
In 1864 Boise became the territorial capital, and the quest to become the regional center for agriculture, business, politics, and culture gained momentum. The Idaho Statesman began operations as a tri-weekly in 1864.
The natural environment in part dictated settlement. The Boise River formed a fertile valley, nestled between mountains to the north and the bluffs and bench lands to the south, which served as a natural trade corridor for indigenous people. The Northern Shoshone band called much of the area home, as did the Bannock and other native groups. Beginning in the early 1800s, small numbers of Euro-Americans, mainly explorers and fur traders, passed through the area or lived here temporarily. Pioneer emigrants began traveling through Boise on the Oregon Trail beginning in the 1840s en route to destinations farther west. The remote and semi-arid desert geography did not initially inspire many to settle here.
Shoshone-Bannock man, date and source unknown
Commander of Fort Boise, Pinckney Lugenbeel, ISHS HB-7
And then came gold. Miners from all over the United States and its territories as well as China and other countries swarmed into the area in 1862 after the discovery of gold in the Boise Basin. New settlement began in earnest as American, Spanish, Mexican, Chinese, German and others transformed Boise into a supply and service center for the mining industry. On July 6, 1863 the U.S. Army began construction on a military fort at the intersection of the Oregon Trail and roads leading to mining camps in the Boise Basin. The next day, July 7, Pinckney Lugenbeel, commander of Fort Boise, gathered his officers and eight homesteaders to create the first city plat of Boise, a ten-block townsite on the north side of the river.
Re-lining New York Canal with Reinforced Concrete, ISHS 61-165.14
Illustration of early Downtown Boise, ISHS 69-113.3
Boise kept growing. Larger economic trends caused disruptions in commerce and population growth, but by 1890 business and government leaders completed large-scale irrigation systems. These proved pivotal in an arid environment to establish new industry. Roads and transportation mechanisms, food production and potable water, public education, hospitals, government structure, and other fundamentals of infrastructure soon followed. As economic foundations strengthened, Euro-American based cultural amenities such as symphony, ballet, opera, and movie theaters flourished. Civic organizations also began to take root, such as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Columbian Club, Masonic associations, YMCA, the Rotary Club, and many more. From the city’s beginnings, Boise has been home to Chinese, Mexicans, Basques, Irish, Greeks, Swedes, Japanese, Germans, Italians, just to name a few. This trend continues as new residents from all over the globe move to Boise every year.
Grove Street Water Wheel, ISHS HB-38
Industry has also evolved in response to local, regional, national, and international influences. Once home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, Boise is now forging a new and diversified economic base as corporate structures change and headquarters move.
Billy Fong Lastress, Dept. of Arts & History
Idaho State Capitol circa 1918, Dept. of Arts & History
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Although much of Boise’s history, including its past 150 years, mirrors the general patterns of the American West, we have much yet to explore and learn. BOISE 150 presents us with an opportunity to learn about our history and to ask questions about our community. What makes Boise different from other places? What lies under the surface as we excavate Boise’s past? What are the unique trends that have emerged over the past 150 years in this geographically remote, mid-sized American city? How has Boise’s environment, enterprise, and community shaped its history and affected the present? What will our future look like? We don’t expect to find all the answers. But in asking questions we can continually learn about the present and better navigate the future. To learn more about Boise’s history visit the website www.boise150.org where you can “Share Your Story,” read Historic Vignettes, engage with the Remnants of Boise digital history tour, and find out how you can do your own research with the Boise Research Collection.
visit boise150.org for updates
Look for other City of Boise Projects • Arts & History Public Art dedications throughout the year • Walk 150 with Mayor Bieter - visit Walk150.org for details • Commemorative Boise Public Library cards • History of Boise Fire Dept. Exhibit • Boise Police historic badges • Parks & Recreation - renovation of Greenbelt interpretive signs • Public Works infrastructure interpretive project in partnership with Idaho Power, Bureau of Reclamation, and United Water. • Planning & Development Services support for Oregon Trail Memorial Bridge renovation (Capitol Blvd. Bridge) The Dept. of Arts & History thanks these departments as well as Airport, Finance & Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Legal for all their generous BOISE 150 support. Thank you to the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) for use of their historic images and to the Idaho Statesman for their BOISE 150 media sponsorship.
SHARE YOUR STORY What is your Boise story? We are collecting stories and recollections of people who ARE Boise’s history. Whether you have lived here your whole life or are a recent transplant, your experience here is a valuable piece of our larger story. Share a Boise memory in any of the following ways:
PROJECTS & EVENTS CALENDAR FEBRUARY 2013 February 1 – March 15 READ ME: Impressions of Boise/Idaho Ada Community Library and partners Boise Public Library, The Cabin, The Idaho Statesman, and Boise State University present this community reading project. Visit www.readmetv.com or more information.
February 4 Story Quilt Project Photo Journal Artisans 4 Hope presents this documentation of the Story Quilt Project in which recently settled refugees shared their personal journeys through an artistic medium. (Debuts starting at Idaho Office for Refugees annual conference, Boise State University, Student Union Building.) Visit www.artisans4hope.org for more information.
February 7 Boise Creates Opening with BOISE 150 Commemorative Artist, Pat Kilby (5-9 pm, Sesqui-Shop at 1008 Main St., Boise).
Fourth of July parade passing old Boise City Hall, 1903, ISHS 72-47.11
February 7 – 9 THINKING 150 • February 7 Fettuccine Forum: Memory and History, Inclusion and Exclusion in Public Commemoration. Doors open at 5 pm; presentation begins at 5:30 pm (The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise). • February 8 Think and Drink Moderated conversations at local restaurants about Boise history and implications upon the present and future (visit www.boise150.org for times and locations). Drinking starts at 6 pm; Thinking at 7 pm. FREE but support of local business is encouraged (no-host food and beverage). Co-presented by the Boise City Dept. of Arts & History and the Idaho Humanities Council. Community – Leku Ona (117 S. 6th St., Boise); moderated by Dr. John Bieter and Dr. David Lachiondo Environment – Berryhill (121 N. 9th St., Boise); moderated by Dr. Lisa Brady Enterprise – Payette Brewing (111 W. 33rd St., Garden City); moderated by Dr. Kent Neupert • February 9 Placing Boise in the American West Jon Christensen, Ph.D (UCLA), and Anthea Hartig, Ph.D (California Historical Society), provide insight on how Boise’s historical patterns fit into the context of the American West and their evolution in how we frame issues today. Also, Boise’s recently appointed first Poet Luareate, Diane Raptosh, will premiere a BOISE 150 themed poem. (Reception starts at 6 pm; presentation begins at 7 pm – Boise Centre, Summit Room.)
February 8 – 9 RE-ART: Book Binding with Justinian Morton Re-Art is a free series of innovative and unique art classes for children ages 5-12, offered every second weekend of the month at Boise Public Libraries by TRICA teaching artists. This year, to celebrate BOISE 150, classes reflect an “old-timey” spirit. • Saturday, February 9: • Library! at Collister 1-2 pm (4724 W. State St.) • Library! at Cole & Ustick 3-4 pm (7557 W. Ustick Rd.) • Sunday, February 10: • Library! Main 1-2 pm (715 S. Capitol Blvd.) • Library! at Hillcrest 3-4 pm (5246 W. Overland Rd.)
February 13 Sesqui-Speaks: xoxo Boise
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org By mail: Boise City Dept. of Arts & History P.O. Box 500 Boise, ID 83701-0500 Submit online: Boise150.org/history/share-your-story
Brandi Burns offers you a chance to delve deeply into the love lives of previous Boise residents and experience their hopes, desires, passions, and tragedies. Come and enjoy a historical speed dating activity and experience the people who lived, loved, and died here. Need not be single to participate (6-8 pm, Sesqui-Shop at 1008 Main St., Boise).
February 15 Sesqui-Speaks: Ghost Signs - Boise’s Lost Art David Day presents a visual tour of Boise’s unique signs through a photographic collection of hand painted and graphic advertising displays from Boise illustrating the history of Boise’s “merchant class” and their customers (6:30-8 pm at the Sesqui-Shop at 1008 Main St., Boise).
February 21 Jane Worthington as Mary Hallock Foote Downtown congestion, ISHS
In her first-person narrative portraying the novelist and illustrator, Worthington presents Foote’s insights into life in mining camps and ranches, including those in Boise, Idaho (7-8 pm, Boise Public Library, Main Branch, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise).
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February 22 The “Art” of Improv Improvolution presents this free improv workshop that will address the importance of teamwork in developing improv (7-8:30 pm, Sesqui-Shop at 1008 Main St., Boise).
April 4 Fettuccine Forum: Remnants of Boise: A Digital History Tour and Doubletake (Brandi Burns and Rick Binsacca)
February 23 Sesqui-Speaks: “Idaho Ebony: African Presence in Boise”
Doors open at 5 pm; presentation begins at 5:30 pm (The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise).
Mamie Oliver discusses the African-American community in Boise since the 1860s. (1:30-3:30 pm at the Black History Museum – 508 Julia Davis Dr., Julia Davis Park, Boise).
Jennifer Stevens PhD., discusses the history of Boise’s many beautiful parks, trails, and beloved green spaces (3-4:30 pm., Foothills Center, 3188 N. Sunset Peak Rd., Boise).
April 13 Sesqui-Speaks: History of the Greenbelt & Parks April 13 – 14 RE-ART: INVENTION with Sue Latta
February 26 Jane Worthington as Mary Hallock Foote
Re-Art is a free series of innovative and unique art classes for children ages 5-12, offered every second weekend of the month at Boise Public Libraries by TRICA teaching artists. This year, to celebrate BOISE 150, classes reflect an “old-timey” spirit.
In her first-person narrative portraying the novelist and illustrator, Worthington presents Foote’s insights into life in mining camps and ranches, including those in Boise, Idaho (7 -8 pm, Boise Public Library, Cole & Ustick Branch 7557 W. Ustick Rd., Boise).
• Saturday, April 13: • Library! at Collister 1-2 pm (4724 W. State St.) • Sunday, April 14: • Library! Main 1-2 pm (715 S. Capitol Blvd.)
April 18 Sesqui-Speaks: Susannah, McCarthyism, and the Boys of Boise
Mark Junkert, General Director of Opera Idaho. A presentation about Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah as a metaphor for McCarthyism, a period of intense fear of communism in America during the early 1950s. The opera premiered in 1955, also the year of the “Boys of Boise” scandal that brought Boise to national attention as an anti-homosexuality frenzy gripped the city, and destroyed lives and reputations. Mark will explore the connection between Boise and the nation in 1955, as well as consider related modern day issues. (7-8:30 pm, Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise).
March 01 – March 15 READ ME: Impressions of Boise/Idaho Ada Community Library and partners Boise Public Library, The Cabin, The Idaho Statesman, and Boise State University present this community reading project. Visit www.readmetv.com for more information.
• Library! at Cole & Ustick 3-4 pm (7557 W. Ustick Rd.) • Library! at Hillcrest 3-4 pm (5246 W. Overland Rd.)
Boarding the Streetcar, ISHS
March 7 Fettuccine Forum - And the Beat Goes On: Music as a Boise Legacy (Kevin Moran, moderator)
April 25 Sesqui-Speaks: Streetscapes Barbara Perry-Bauer reveals Boise’s 150-year history through its historic streetscapes (6:30-8 pm, Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise).
Doors open at 5 pm; presentation begins at 5:30 pm (The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise).
March 7 Jane Worthington as Mary Hallock Foote
May 2 Fettuccine Forum: Boise Neighborhoods - A Short History of Place (Tully Gurlach)
In her first-person narrative portraying the novelist and illustrator, Worthington presents Foote’s insights into life in mining camps and ranches, including those in Boise, Idaho (7-8 pm, Boise Public Library, Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise).
March 8 – 9 RE-ART: Theater Acting with Nick Garcia & Hollis Welsh Re-Art is a free series of innovative and unique art classes for children ages 5-12, offered every second weekend of the month at Boise Public Libraries by TRICA teaching artists. This year, to celebrate BOISE 150, classes reflect an “old-timey” spirit. • Saturday, March 9: • Library! at Collister 1-2 pm (4724 W. State St.) • Library! at Cole & Ustick 3-4 pm (7557 W. Ustick Rd.) • Sunday, March 10: • Library! Main 1-2 pm (715 S. Capitol Blvd.) • Library! at Hillcrest 3-4 pm (5246 W. Overland Rd.)
Doors open at 5 pm; presentation begins at 5:30 pm (The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise).
May 2 – 4 The Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous 2013 The Idaho Writers Guild & the BSU Story Initiative (visit idahowritersguild.com for more information). ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project.
May 4 Sesqui-Speaks: Fort Boise - 150 Years of Military Tradition John Bertram and Josh Callihan discuss Fort Boise’s past and present (6-7 pm, Fort Boise, 700 Robbins Rd., Boise; visit www.boise150.org/events for more information).
March 13 Jane Worthington as Mary Hallock Foote
MAY 9 Sesqui-Speaks: The Bracero Program in Idaho
In her first-person narrative portraying the novelist and illustrator, Worthington presents Foote’s insights into life in mining camps and ranches, including those in Boise, Idaho (7 -8 pm, Boise Public Library, Hillcrest Branch, 5246 W. Overland Rd., Boise).
Sergio Romero, PhD., explains the background of the Bracero program, a diplomatic agreement between the United States and Mexican governments that brought laborers and guest workers to the region in the 1940s (6-7 pm, Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise).
March 15 Sesqui-Speaks: Opera in Boise – A Short History Mark Junkert, Opera Idaho. A look at the history of opera in Boise, from its beginnings to the more recent 40 years of Opera Idaho. Operas, singers, conductors, directors, theaters … the who and the what of it all. Included will be a special mention of operas written in and about Boise with musical examples. (7-9 pm, Opera Idaho, 513 S. 8th St., Boise).
March 21 A Musical – Boise: Its History, People, and Places Morley Nelson Elementary School performs this one-act children’s musical historical chronology of Boise. Visit Boise150.org for updates on venue and times ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project.
March 22 Rock n’ Prov Improvolution presents this free workshop to explore musical improve via voice and character building (7-8:30 pm, Sesqui-Shop at 1008 Main St., Boise).
May 9 - 11 BCT Theater Lab 150 Performances Boise Contemporary Theater encourages young theater artists to create high-caliber plays from scratch using excerpts from interviews, creative nonfiction, student writing, and historical research (Each night at 7 pm, BCT – 854 W. Fulton, Boise) ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project.
Hotel Boise, 1941, courtesy of Mark Baltes
May 11 - 12 RE-ART: MOSAIC with Kimberly Thompson & Heather Schwabe Re-Art is a free series of innovative and unique art classes for children ages 5-12, offered every second weekend of the month at Boise Public Libraries by TRICA teaching artists. This year, to celebrate BOISE 150, classes reflect an “old-timey” spirit. • Saturday, May 11: • Library! at Collister 1-2 pm (4724 W. State St.) • Library! at Cole & Ustick 3-4 pm (7557 W. Ustick Rd.) • Sunday, May 12: • Library! Main 1-2 pm (715 S. Capitol Blvd.) • Library! at Hillcrest 3-4 pm (5246 W. Overland Rd.)
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May 14 Idaho Community Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration A celebration of ICF’s Silver Anniversary at a luncheon with founder John Fery as keynote speaker (Boise Centre, 11:30 am-1:30 pm).
May 17 (7:30 pm) & May 19 (2:30 pm) ~ Opera Idaho: Carlisle Floyd’s Opera “Susannah” The opera Susannah is often analyzed as a metaphor for McCarthyism, a period of intense fear of communism in America during the early 1950s. The opera premiered in 1955, also the year of a scandal that brought Boise to national attention as an anti-homosexuality frenzy gripped the city and destroyed lives and reputations. Events leading up to the opera performances will explore the connection between Boise and the nation in 1955, as well as consider related modern day issues. For event details, visit operaidaho.org (Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise).
May 17 - July 25 LOCAL COLOR - an exhibit and catalogue from the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance The exhibit features work by member artists about Boise. The exhibition’s accompanying catalogue features essays by the artists reflecting their work’s relationship to Boise and BOISE 150 themes of Community, Environment, and Enterprise (at Boise State Public Radio Offices, 220 E. Parkcenter, Blvd).
May 25 Improvageddon Improvolution presents techniques for Guerrilla improv (7-8:30 pm, Sesqui-Shop at 1008 Main St., Boise).
JULY 2013 July 1 - 25 A Portrait Made: Modern Boiseans and the Frontier Spirit Inspired by historic photos from the Idaho State Archives, local photographer Melanie Flitton Folwell tells the story of Boise at 150 through black and white photographs of modern Boiseans taken with a vintage Crown Graphic Special press camera (Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise).
July 4 - 7 Anniversary Weekend • July 4 Day full of family fun topped off with fireworks at Ann Morrison Park. Visit IdahoStatesman.com/fireworks for forthcoming details. • July 5-6 Historical Walking Tours, Sesqui-Shop Activities, Plein Air Art Competition & More! (Various times; Downtown Boise & other nearby locations – visit Boise150.org/events for updates.) • July 6 Gem of the Mountains: African-American /Shoshone-Bannock - Storyteller Ben Kemper presents this series of one-hour, one-man performances based on detailed historical research and writing that reflect upon the unique historical contributions of Boise’s diverse ethnic and racial communities (10-11 am & 2-3 pm, Idaho State Historical Museum Pavilion 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise) ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project. • July 7 Boise’s 150th Anniversary Party – The party of the year! July 7, 1863 marks the date Boise was officially platted. End your 4th of July weekend with this family-friendly event that will include music performances at the bandshell, Global Village (presented by the Global Lounge Group), historic fashion shows, art attacks, food trucks, and more!!! (Visit boise150.org for continued updates; Julia Davis Park, 12 noon-5 pm.)
July 8 Gem of the Mountains: Basque/Chinese
June 1 Sesqui-Speaks: The History of 8th Street – A Street through the Soul of Boise
Storyteller Ben Kemper presents this series of one-hour, one-man performances based on detailed historical research and writing that reflect upon the unique historical contributions of Boise’s diverse ethnic and racial communities (7-8 pm, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise) ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project.
Greg Hahn explains how 8th Street has and continues to reflect Boise’s image of itself (1-2:30 pm, Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise).
July 25 Gem of the Mountains: African American/Shoshone-Bannock
June 6 Sesqui-Speaks: Boise Pubs & Counterculture
Storyteller Ben Kemper presents this series of one-hour, one-man performances based on detailed historical research and writing that reflect upon the unique historical contributions of Boise’s diverse ethnic and racial communities (7-8 pm, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise) ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project).
Tully Gurlach, 7 -8:30 pm (Blues Bouquet,1010 Main St., Boise).
June 14-16 Return of the Boise Valley People A gathering of original inhabitants of the Boise Valley to remember and share the importance of the Boise Valley through Tribal cultural presentations and performances (Quarry View Park, 2150 East Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise). This project is the recipient of the BOISE 150 Legacy Grant. Visit www.boise150.org for updates.
July 25 Sesqui-Speaks: Mid-Century Architecture Tully Gurlach discusses Boise’s architecture and design styles from the 1950s through the 1970 (6:30 -8 pm, 13th Street Pub & Grill, 1520 13th St., Boise).
July 26 Faces in the Crowd
June 21 Sesqui-Speaks: Boise’s Astrology
Improvolution presents a free improv workshop related to selecting a picture of a face and creating a character, then taking part in the “Idiosyncrasy” walk (7-8:30 pm, Sesqui-Shop at 1008 Main St., Boise).
Judy Joyce explains Boise’s astrological sign and its influence upon the city’s past, present, and future (6-7:30 pm, Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise).
June 28 Story Map Improvolution presents a free improv workshop in which participants create stories using the story map technique (7 -8:30 pm, Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise).
August 8 Gem of the Mountains: Chinese/Latino Storyteller Ben Kemper presents this series of one-hour, one-man performances based on detailed historical research and writing that reflect upon the unique historical contributions of Boise’s diverse ethnic and racial communities (7-8 pm, Boise Public Library, Cole & Ustick Branch, 7557 W. Ustick Rd., Boise) ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project.
June 28 Gem of the Mountains: Basque/Chinese Storyteller Ben Kemper presents this series of one-hour, one-man performances based on detailed historical research and writing that reflect upon the unique historical contributions of Boise’s diverse ethnic and racial communities (7 -8 pm, Idaho State Historical Museum, Prospector Room, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise) ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project.
August 15 Gem of the Mountains Storyteller Ben Kemper presents this series of one-hour, one-man performances based on detailed historical research and writing that reflect upon the unique historical contributions of Boise’s diverse ethnic and racial communities (6 pm, Garden City Library, 6015 N. Glenwood St., Boise) ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project.
June 29 Gem of the Mountains: African-American/ Shoshone-Bannock Storyteller Ben Kemper presents this series of one-hour, one-man performances based on detailed historical research and writing that reflect upon the unique historical contributions of Boise’s diverse ethnic and racial communities (10-11 am & 2-3 pm, Idaho State Historical Museum Pavilion 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise) ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project.
August 17 Gem of the Mountains
Hotel Owyhee Letter, 1922, Dept. of Arts & History
Storyteller Ben Kemper presents this series of one-hour, one-man performances based on detailed historical research and writing that reflect upon the unique historical contributions of Boise’s diverse ethnic and racial communities (10-11 am at the Old Pen Rose Garden, 2445 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise/ & 6-7 pm, Garden City Library, 6015 N. Glenwood St., Garden City) ~ A Boise City Dept. of Arts & History BOISE 150 Grant recipient project.
Idaho State Capitol, Dept. of Arts & History
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The City of Boise and its Department of Arts & History funded 38 BOISE 150 projects through grant programs.
September 12 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & History Join Mayor Bieter as he honors the 2013 recipients of these biennial cultural steward awards (Reception starts at 5 pm; awards begin at 7 pm, Boise Plaza, 1111 W. Jefferson St., Boise; visit www.boiseartsandhistory.org for ticket details beginning in August 2013).
September 13 Sesqui-Speaks: Hobohemians
PRO J ECTS
Bown House Committee Boise History Timeline Project
Rita Rodriquez explains the origins of this group of female artists and how they helped establish the Boise Art Museum (6-7:30 pm, Sesqui-Shop at 1008 Main St., Boise).
ARTS & HISTORY GRANT RECIPIENTS
September 28 Sesqui-Speaks: History of Boise Libraries
Shoshone-Bannock Culture Committee- Boise 150 legacy grant recipient
Kevin Booe presents the history of Boise’s first library; and afterwards offers an optional tour of the Old Carnegie Library (1-4 pm, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise).
Return of the Boise Valley People The Shoshone-Bannock Culture Committee will host a gathering of the original inhabitants of the Boise Valley. The Burns-Paiute, Shoshone-Paiute, Fort McDermott Paiute, Warm Springs Paiute and ShoshoneBannock tribes will all be invited to share their history with the public.
OCTOBER 2013 October 9 Sesqui Speaks: Idaho History through the Lens of Idaho Public Television Peter Morrill presents highlights of Idaho history through IPTV’s award-winning production segments (6-7:30 pm, IPTV, 1455 N. Orchard, Boise).
Ada Community Library Read Me
October 18 Sesqui-Speaks: Coffins, Crypts, and Contemporary Art: A Walking Tour of Morris Hill Cemetery
Presented by the Ada Community Library, this annual community reading project encourages Boise residents to a read a variety of perspectives of life in Boise over the last 150 years.
Amy Pence-Brown takes you on a spooky - yet informative! - evening walking tour of Boise’s historic Morris Hill Cemetery (6-7:30 pm, Morris Hill Cemetery , 317 N. Latah, Boise).
October 19 Mayor’s Musical Celebration
Horse Power: Celebrating 150 Years of Horses at Work in Boise
Enjoy free afternoon entertainment by local musicians on the Grove Plaza; continue the celebration into the evening at a ticketed event showcasing the region’s rich musical history, produced by Boise’s own Curtis Stigers. Visit boise150.org for forthcoming details.
Photographer and equestrian Alayne Blickle is working with a natural history interpretive designer to produce this exhibit detailing the importance of horses to Boise’s history.
Alize Norman Alize Norman, a Boise fiber artist, is creating a contoured map of current-day Boise with superimposed outlines of Boise city limits circa 1863, 1913, and 1963.
Eve Chandler talks about the origins of the Bogus Basin recreation site, made accessible through a mountain road built by the Works Projects Administration in 1938 (7-8:30 pm, Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.).
Artisans 4 Hope A Photo Journal of the Story Quilt Project Artisans 4 Hope is assembling and publishing a photo journal that provides a permanent record of the Story Quilt Project, a collaboration between the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Artisans 4 Hope that was designed to elicit and save the stories of Boise’s recent refugees. The official debut of the photo journals is at the Idaho Conference for Refugees on February 4 and 5, 2013.
Boise: Gem of the Mountains
Please visit www.Boise150.org for the latest updates, including more events and projects offered by people and organizations throughout the community.
Boise storyteller Ben Kemper is researching, writing, and performing a series of stories about Boise’s cultural diversity and the enterprising individuals who made this city a home not just for themselves but for all their neighbors.
Big Tree Arts
Submit your BOISE 150 events and projects: Boise150.org/info/get-involved
Organized by Big Tree Arts, a nonprofit organization promoting performance poetry in Boise, this program seeks to cultivate a developing sense of community through student-driven exploration of Boise’s cultural identity.
Bingo Barnes Boise’s Past & Present – A BOISE 150 Poster Project
The Children’s Home Society of Idaho, a Boise nonprofit counseling center for children and families, will create an oral/visual history display featuring some of the most compelling stories from the society’s 104 year history.
Enso Artspace Guest Artist Exhibitions Enso Artspace is hosting two guest artist installations during BOISE 150. The first of these will feature the work of a prominent Boise artist who has added significantly to the fabric of the Boise arts community. The second exhibition will feature a non-traditional art form, such as sound, installation, or video.
Friends of the Historical Museum This annual event, organized by the Idaho State Historical Museum, is for the first time this year incorporating a community altar and traditional cemetery ceremony—both tied to the Boise pioneer Jesus Urquides.
Friends of The Bishops’ House Victorian Boise at The Bishops’ House The Friends of the Bishops’ House are hosting “Victorian Boise at The Bishops’ House”, a living history Saturday afternoon during which visitors can explore The Bishops’ House and grounds.
Global Lounge Group World Village for Boise 150 As a part of the BOISE 150 anniversary celebration on July 7, 2013, Global Lounge Group is presenting World Village. This is an event for individuals of all ages and backgrounds who are curious about the diverse cultural groups in the Boise area.
Green Chutes and Whorled Traveler Design Boise Plein Air Art Competition On the weekend of July 5, 2013 Green Chutes and Whorled Traveler Design present the Boise Plein Air Art Competition. Up to 150 artists will be painting the scenery of Boise outdoors. The public is encouraged to stroll from one artist to the next and see the works progressing. The competition will conclude with a reception and award ceremony at Green Chutes.
Idaho Human Rights Education Center Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial 10 Year Anniversary
Idaho Writers Guild Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous
Visualizing BOISE 150 - The Idaho Writers Guild is offering writers a chance to work with either a photographer or videographer and compete in a BOISE 150-themed contest during the second annual Idaho Writers & Readers Rendezvous. Work that best captures the BOISE 150 themes will be displayed during, and after, the conference.
Boise letterpress artist Bingo Barnes is creating a series of one dozen posters recognizing Boise’s historical influences. The posters are to be printed as limited edition artist prints and offered for sale to the public.
Boise Baroque Orchestra
Interpretive specialist Jane Rohling is creating a mobile web site that provides Boise River Trail users with interpretive media on their mobile device along GPS-coordinated sites.
Boise’s Musical History The Boise Baroque Orchestra is dedicating a concert to the role that classical music concerts have played in Boise’s history. The performance will be preceded by a lecture on the subject of music in Boise’s history.
A History of The Children’s Home Society of Idaho
Celebrating ten years of community impact, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is working with a local artist and students to reinterpret a mural near the Memorial.
The Loud Writer’s Program
Man working at Boise bottling factory, ISHS 60-72.8
Children’s Home Society of Idaho
Dia de los Muertos
Boise Fiber Map
November 14 Sesqui-Speaks: Bogus Basin
The Bown House, the Boise School District’s centerpiece of its heritage education program, will develop a comprehensive history timeline of Boise that will be made available to third and fourth grade students throughout the school district.
Boise River Trail Interpretive Web Site
Julia Davis Park Coalition The Julia Davis Park Docent Tour
The Julia Davis Park Coalition Docent Tour focuses on Tom Davis, Boise’s first entrepreneur, and Julia Davis, who brought to Boise methods of city beautification from the 1893 World’s Fair.
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BOISE 150 MERCH ANDISE
Junior League of Boise, Idaho
Women of Boise Print Exchange Portfolio
A History of the Junior League of Boise
In conjunction with its 85th anniversary and BOISE 150, the Junior League of Boise is presenting an exhibit focusing on its history as a non-profit organization of women committed to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Kelly Bickle Boise by Burns Historic Image Collection
Burns Studio, one of Boise’s oldest businesses, has a collection of sixty thousand negatives of historic Boise images from 1917 to the present day. In commemoration of BOISE 150, Burns Studio is producing an exhibition of thirty photos to be displayed in public places around Boise during 2013.
Marguerite Lawrence Boise: Its History, People, and Places
Composer Marguerite Lawrence is producing her children’s musical, Boise: Its History, People and Places. The oneact performance, which is written as an historical chronology and modern-day tribute to Boise, will be presented in April 2013 by students from Morley Nelson Elementary school.
Melanie Flitton Folwell Boise Portraits
Boise photographer Melanie Flitton Folwell is producing a portrait series of modern Boiseans using a vintage Speed Graphic camera. The black and white photographs will tell the story of Boise at 150, through the literal and figurative lens of Boise long ago.
Opera Idaho Opera Idaho Performance ~ Susannah
Wingtip Press, a Boise based community printmaking studio and workshop, is organizing an exhibition featuring 12 professional female artists that will focus on the lives of 12 women from Boise’s history.
Economic Development Grants
In person: Visit the Sesqui-Shop at 1008 Main St., Boise, Tuesday -Saturday, 12 noon-6 pm Online: Visit Boise150.org/merchandise and select the “online store” option.
Basque Museum and Cultural Center The Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga House Renovation The Basque Museum will continue its maintenance and interpretive efforts on their historic Cyrus Jacobs Uberuaga House.
Boise Contemporary Theater BCT Theater Lab Main-Stage Performances Boise Contemporary Theater’s education program will be working with students age 12 to 18 to write and produce a full length play that addresses Boise’s unique place in time and space using excerpts from interviews, creative nonfiction, student writing, and historical research.
Boise Philharmonic Boise Philharmonic Performance
Sacred Land – A Tribute to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ~ As part of the Boise Philharmonic’s observance of BOISE 150, as well as the Idaho Territory’s sesquicentennial, the orchestra commissioned a new work from Boise based composer Jim Cockey. The piece pays tribute to the people who lived in the Boise area for thousands of years before the arrival of Boise’s settlers.
city of boise cultural ambassadors
Trey McIntyre Project
The Boise Architecture Project, in support of the Preservation Idaho Education Committee, will provide a decade by decade look at some of Boise’s most notable buildings through research and presentation.
Pat Kilby limited edition prints reflecting BOISE 150 themes
Lo o k fo r mo re co lle ct i b le s co ming soon - inclu ding a BOISE 150 book and a BOISE 150 CD m u sic com pilation!
Opera Idaho will produce Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah, a metaphor for McCarthyism, as part of its Made in the USA Series. Opera Idaho will explore the anti-homosexual frenzy (commonly referred to as “The Boys of Boise”) that gripped Boise and destroyed lives and reputations in 1955, the same year as the opera’s premiere.
Historic Boise Buildings
Show y our Boi se lov e w i t h BOISE 1 5 0 me rc h an di s e ! P u rc h as e i n p e rs o n o r o n l i n e :
LOCAL MERCHANT PROGRAM
In support of the city’s legacy of creative enterprise, Boise merchants are developing an array of BOISE 150 commemorative merchandise throughout the year. Check out these samples of Boise-inspired items already available at each participant’s retail location. Visit Boise150.org/merchandise throughout the year for the latest listings.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Submit your Events: Visit Boise150.org/info/get-involved
Retroscope Media Gregory Allen Documentary & Exhibition Produced by Boise filmmaker Zach Voss, this documentary showcases the life and work of local craftsman Gregory Allen. A man recognized by many, but known by few, the film will detail the design, fabrication and daily use of his homemade, pedal-powered, electric-hybrid tricycles. To be completed in the summer of 2013, the screening will also include a tricycle exhibition open to the public.
Organized by Boise High School student Sarah Whelan, this art contest intends to connect Boise teens to their community and city. It also provides them with the opportunity to explore, through art, what being a Boisean means to them.
The Boise 150 Brew
Fill up a Boise 150 Growler with your favorite local beer at Bier-Thirty in Bown Crossing.
A limited edition coffee bean roast available throughout the year by the cup or in a 16 oz. commemorative bag featuring a retro-inspired design of an Idaho license plate.
(208) 342-1916 3073 Bown Way • Boise, ID 83706
(208) 345-3145 1416 Grove St. • Boise, ID 83702
(208) 376-3463 2127 Century Way • Boise, ID 83709
Growing Up Wild Children’s Clothing
Haute Bird Resin Jewelry and Accessories
Sarah Whelan Boise School District High School Art Contest
Big City Coffee
Boise 150 Growler
Commemorative BOISE 150 Chocolate Bar
Falling for Boise Postcard
Hot Fudge Ice Cream Soda
Strut your Boise stuff with a hand-crafted steel belt buckle from FosterWeld. Options include an oval version with BOISE stenciled on it or a rectangle version stenciled with “208” and a tree.
This artfully produced postcard features a classic Boise vista colored with nostalgic flair. Printed on thick postcard matte.
Glasses recycled from wine bottles and etched with the Boise 150 logo will be popping up in your favorite spots around town throughout the year.
The modern-day hot fudge sundae with a traditional soda twist. A perfect blend of old and new, much like Boise itself.
(208) 639-0833 At Indie Made 108 N. 6th St. • Boise, ID 83702
(208) 342-0804 At Indie Made 108 N. 6th St. • Boise, ID 87302
(208) 322-8272 5858 W. Franklin Rd. • Boise, ID 83709
(208) 367-0020 1502 N. 13th St. • Boise, ID 83702
Newt & Harolds
Studio Maelstrom Map of Boise Boise artist Byron Folwell will construct, present, and exhibit a piece of artistic cartography depicting Boise’s changing landscape over the city’s first 150 years.
Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance Exhibition & Catalogue Local Color ~ This exhibition will feature work by member artists of the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance that is specifically about Boise. The exhibition’s accompanying catalogue will feature essays by the artists, reflecting on their work’s relationship to Boise and BOISE 150.
The perfect gift for your favorite Boise babe, these organic onesies and toddler t-shirts are hand screen-printed with “B is for Beautiful Boise” and appliquéed with tree fabric in reference to our “City of Trees.” Matching slippers also available.
Veteran Park Neighborhood Association
(208) 342-0804 At Indie Made 108 N. 6th St. • Boise, ID 83702
Veterans Park Neighborhood Association Interpretive Walking Trail The Veterans Park Neighborhood Association is hiring a professional historian to conduct research and produce an interpretive walking guide, made available to the public in a digital format on the web. Boise Store, ISHS 61-174.8
Some might say it’s similar to po-tay-toe and po-tah-toe, but there is really just one way to say it: It’s Boy-see. Not Boy-zee. This hand painted resin magnet will serve as a friendly reminder to anyone who happens past your refrigerator. (208) 342-0804 At Indie Made 108 N. 6th St. • Boise, ID 83702
Perfect for Boise’s active lifestyle, this multi-use product has an uplifting lavender and peppermint scent that is suitable for both men and women.
(208) 871-1233 At Bricolage 418 S. 6th St. • Boise, ID 83702
Olive Eleanor Designs
Boise Skate Deck
BOISEnberry Roses Smoothie
To commemorate 150 years, Newt & Harold’s has partnered with the City of Boise to design and produce 150 signed and numbered skate decks featuring art by Sector 17.
Boise marks its place with an iconic tag carved into hand-cut sterling silver pendants in the shape of Idaho. Icons include a heart, “208”, “Idahome”, or “BOISE 150.” Customization is also available.
(208) 385-9300 1021 S. Broadway Ave. • Boise, ID 83706
(208) 345-3718 At Bricolage 418 S. 6th St. • Boise, ID 83702
Inspired by the 2,400 roses that bloom at the Rose Garden in Julia Davis Park, the BOISEnberry Roses Smoothie smells as good as it tastes. Made from peaches, boysenberries, and rosewater.
Look for the “M” sticker in participating retail locations.
(208) 342-0467 1265 S. Capitol Blvd. • Boise, ID 83702
Local Retailers Apply to become a BOISE 150 Merchant! If you have a product ~ or wish to create a product ~ that captures Boise’s spirit, check out the Local Merchant program. Visit Boise150.org/merchandise/list and select “Submit Your Merchandise” for details.
MONTHLY Programming January: COLLECT BOISE
Community curated exhibition of Boise ephemera and artifacts.
February: Boise Creates
Commemorative artist Pat Kilby exhibition, pop-up art shows and community art making project.
March: Music Month
Live music, music related workshops, live shows, and exhibition of music memorabilia.
April: Remnants of Boise
Digital history exhibition and premier of Remnants of Boise, a digital history tour of Boise.
May: Boise Pop-up
SESQUI- S HOP
Man in front of Main Street shop, ISHS 70-42.140
1008 Main St., Boise, ID 83702 (208) 384-8509• boise150.org/sesquipop The Sesqui-Shop serves as Boise 150 headquarters throughout 2013. This temporary storefront also serves as a gallery to host interpretive projects related to Boise 150. The Sesqui-Shop features lectures, workshops, exhibitions, performances, tours, and opportunities for community-produced events and projects.
June: Finding Your Way Home
An exhibition of handmade maps relating to Boise.
July: Faces of Boise
A look at the many personalities making Boise unique and interesting.
August: Environmental Month
A look at how we have shaped the environment in order to make Boise more livable.
Visit Boise150.org for Sesqui-Shop activities …or stop by during our regular hours
September: Local Food and Farming
• Tuesday - Saturday: 12 noon - 6 pm • First Thursdays: 12 noon - 9 pm
Dept. of Arts & History For more information on BOISE 150, visit Boise150.org or contact the Dept. of Arts & History Address: 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise City Hall, First Floor Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm MST BY EMAIL: BOISE150@cityofboise.org BY PHONE: (208) 433-5670
BOISE CITY MAYOR and COUNCIL Mayor David H. Bieter Council President Maryanne Jordan Council Pro Tem David Eberle Council Member Elaine Clegg
Council Member Lauren McLean Council Member Ben Quintana Council Member TJ Thomson
From tea ceremonies to local glassware, every day is a new pop-up. We are inviting non-profits, clubs and community organizations to take over the space, creating their own pop-up for the day.
Featuring local food & farming in the Boise area.
October: Performance Month Staff Listing Terri Schorzman | Director Amy Fackler | Cultural Programs Manager Karen Bubb | Public Art Manager Josh Olson | Cultural Asset Program Manager Rachel Reichert | Communications & Sesqui-Shop Operations Manager Brandi Burns | Historian April Raine | Boise State University Historian Fellow Ricardo Osuna | Program Assistant Anthony Parry | Sesqui-Shop Assistant Jin You | Graphic Designer Liz Edrich | BOISE 150 July 7 Anniversary Event Coordinator Holly Funk | BOISE 150 Merchandising Specialist Margaret Marti | BOISE 150 Publishing Specialist Kevin Moran | BOISE 150 Music Compilation Specialist
From theater to dance to music the space will be taken over by performance.
November: City Services
A look at what the city has to offer through programming and services.
December: Share Your Story
An exhibition of real stories from real people that make up Boise’s history. FOR MORE INFO ON THE SESQUI-SHOP AND MONTHLY PROGRAMING PLEASE CONTACT RACHEL REICHERT AT (208) 384-8509.
Visit boiseartsandhistory.org for more information on the Boise City Department of Arts & History