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Boise 150: Upcoming Sesqui-Speaks

The city of Boise has announced the next installments of its Sesqui-Speaks, an informal lecture series exploring a wide range of historical and current topics unique to Boise.

The series is part of the Boise 150 program celebrating the city’s sesquicentennial. Sesqui-Speaks will take place throughout the year at various Boise locations. Admission is free.

June 6
“Counterculture: Underground in the City of Trees” presented by Tully Gerlach.
7 to 8:30 p.m., Blues Bouquet/Ice Bouquet, 1010 Main St.
Boise has a historic reputation as a placid, conservative city. To some extent, this is true, but the countercultural currents that roiled the 20th century occurred here, too. From underground gay communities to anti-war protests to aggressive punk scenes, Boise has been home to rebellion and dissent. Far from being lost or forgotten, these communities still inform Boise’s progressive art and music cultures, and are the basis for the city’s current maturation as a vital artistic scene.

June 12
“Mapping Your Kingdom” presented by Nathan J. Dang
6:30 to 8 p.m., Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St.
Explore the history of surveying in America, from mapping a new country and the techniques used at different times and in different states, to mapping a new state and the small kingdoms over which private citizens reign. This presentation is part of “Finding Your Way Home: An Exhibition of Historic and Handmade Maps,” a month-long exhibition in the Sesqui-Shop.

June 13
“Boise’s Big Business: A Brief History of Morrison-Knudsen Construction Company” presented by Jim Duran.
6:30 to 8 p.m., Boise Library Cole branch, 7557 W. Ustick Road.
From beginnings in road construction in Boise to multi-billion dollar projects in Vietnam and Afghanistan, M-K worker, or EmKayans, experienced it all. From triumph to tragedy, this presentation will highlight the accomplishments and failings of a business that Boise was sorry to lose.

June 19
“Barberton, Idaho — Lost to Time” presented by Barbara Perry Bauer.
1 to 2:30 p.m., Marianne Williams Park, 3451 E. Barber Valley Drive.
This lumber town was once located east of Boise and at one time included an active lumber mill, homes, school, post office, and hotel. Learn more about this once bustling community on a walking tour through Marianne Williams Park, one of Boise’s newest parks located near the lost town of Barber.

June 21
“Boise’s Astrology Chart” by Judy Joyce.
6 to 7:30 p.m., Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St.
Using July 7, 1863, (the date Boise was officially platted) as the city’s birth date, astrologer Judy Joyce will explain how Boise’s astrology chart shows the city’s personality, character, reputation, best qualities, and greatest challenges. She will also explain how astrology has influenced the city’s past, where we are now, and what the future holds.

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