The Idaho Historical Museum has been a part of the Julia Davis Park landscape since 1950, presenting exhibits, caring for artifacts and offering great educational programming. Have you ever wondered where the museum was before then? If you are curious, join the Friends of the Idaho Historical Museum and Old Penitentiary May 13 from 12:00-1:00 p.m., as Jody Hawley Ochoa, Director of the Museum, explores the Museum’s evolution from a one room display in a local home to its current location in Julia Davis Park.
The history of the museum and its parent agency, the Idaho State Historical Society, goes back almost 70 years. From the establishment of the Idaho Pioneer Association in 1881 to the creation of the Idaho State Historical Society as a state agency in 1907 up to today, the Museum has collected, preserved and exhibited Idaho’s rich history. Ochoa’s talk, “Evolution & Expansion: A Change is Coming to the Museum” will look at the people, places and events leading up to the present and then discuss some of the exciting changes to come.
Ochoa has been with the Idaho State Historical Society since 1982 and has been Director of the Museum since 2006. Jody was born and raised in Boise, attended the University of Idaho and holds a Bachelor of Science in Museology.
Attendees are welcome to bring lunch. Admission fees are $5 adult, $4 senior, $3 ages 6-12 and Students with valid ID. No charge for FRIENDS and ISHS members.