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Boise “Sesqui-Speaks” to include talks on city’s military history, 8th Street

Sesqui-Speaks is a free, informal lecture series exploring historical and current topics unique to Boise.

The series is part of the city’s 150th anniversary celebration this year. Topics will range from little known pieces of Boise’s history to what’s in store for Boise’s future. The goal is to help audience members gain a greater appreciation and deeper understanding of Boise’s identity.

Sesqui-Speaks will happen throughout 2013 at various Boise locations.

Below is a look ahead at some upcoming sessions, provided by the Boise City Department of Arts and History.

FORT BOISE—150 YEARS OF MILITARY TRADITION

May 4, 1 p.m. to 2:30pm at Fort Boise, Building 29, Learning Resource Center, 500 W. Fort St.
A conversation about the history of Fort Boise and the role it plays today in modern-day Idaho. Includes optional walking tour.
Speakers: Josh Callihan and John Bertram
THE BRACERO PROGRAM IN IDAHO
May 9, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St.
The Bracero program was a diplomatic agreement between the United States government and Mexico, beginning in the 1940s, that brought laborers and guest workers to the United States. Millions of workers came to the United States, including Idaho, under this program.
Speaker: Rosaura Conley-Estrada
A STREET THROUGH THE SOUL OF BOISE: THE HISTORY OF 8TH STREET
June 1, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.
“A Street Through the Soul of Boise: The History of 8th Street” is, in many ways, the history of Boise. From one of the town’s oldest commercial districts, to one of its oldest and most storied neighborhoods, to The Grove and 8th Street Marketplace, to the modern live-work-play design of BoDo, the street has reflected Boise’s image of itself. This talk uses video and photographs of the street, its history and the Boise characters who have called it home—and ends in an optional 8 block walk through the heart of Downtown.
Speaker: Greg Hahn
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