With the stroke of his pen, President Abraham Lincoln created the Idaho Territory on March 4, 1863.
Gov. Butch Otter will help commemorate the Territorial Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, during a ceremony on the Capitol steps from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 4.
Pre-ceremony activities will take place in the Capitol building beginning at 11 a.m., including Civil War re-enactors and a photo opportunity with Abraham Lincoln.
In addition to Otter’s remarks, the ceremony also will feature the naming of the Abraham Lincoln Auditorium in the State Capitol, a Lincoln impersonator, a musical performance by Idaho schoolchildren, Civil War re-enactors, and former Idaho Attorney General and Lincoln expert David Leroy. “We want to showcase some of the history of Idaho at the Capitol, but more importantly encourage Idahoans to get out and see for themselves just how incredible the state’s history is,” Leroy said in a press release.
The Idaho State Historical Society, along with a number of state agencies, counties, cities and community organizations, are participating in the year’s commemoration, “Get Territorial: Idaho at 150,” which includes activities, exhibits and events showcasing Idaho’s 150-year history.
The first exhibit of the sesquicentennial, “Essential Idaho: 150 Things That Make the Gem State Unique,” opens at the Idaho State Historical Museum in Julia Davis Park on Tuesday, March 5.