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City Club of Boise April 25 forum: Exploring Boise’s Early History

As Boise celebrates its 150th anniversary, City Club is sponsoring an April 25 forum featuring four Idaho historians who will delve into the city’s early history, pioneers, prominent people, early development and legal issues that all laid the groundwork for what Boise is today.

The four panelists are:

Susan Stacy, author of “Legacy of Light: A History of the Idaho Power Company,” “Tom and Julia Davis: Some Good Place,” and “When the River Rises: Flood Control on the Boise River,” will talk about Boise’s original landscape and early water and energy development.

Carol MacGregor, who holds a doctorate in history, chronicles the early history of Boise in her book, “Founding Community in Boise, Idaho, 1882-1910.” She will talk about early pioneers and settlers of Boise, prominent people and families.

Keith Petersen writes and lectures frequently on Idaho history. An author of more than five books, Petersen will talk about how Boise became the capitol of Idaho and how Boise’s early development contrasted to the rest of Idaho.

Ernie Hoidal, vice president of the Idaho Legal History Society, has done extensive research on members of Boise’s legal community. Hoidal will talk about early legal issues and noteworthy lawyers and judges.

The forum takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at The Grove Hotel at Capitol Boulevard and Front Street in Downtown Boise.

Cost, including lunch, is $18 for City Club members, $25 for non-members and $10 for students. Listen only (no lunch) tickets are $5.

The registration deadline is noon April 23. You can register online or mail your check or money order to: City Club of Boise, PO Box 6521, Boise, ID 83707.

If you are unable to attend the forum, you can listen to it, and other past forums, online or download the forum in MP3 audio format via City Club’s website.

You can also listen to forum broadcasts on the Boise State Public Radio network the week of a forum on Saturday night at 8 p.m. on KBSX 91.5 FM and Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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