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Idaho State Historical Society announces new book club

Enjoy reading history? Enjoy talking with others who do, too?

If so, consider engaging your love of history and literature by joining Idaho State Historical Society’s new book discussion group.

The Idaho State Historical Society Book Club will meet the third Wednesday of each month to discuss a book on some aspect of American history.

Steve Barrett, an archivist, Boise State adjunct faculty member and coordinator of ISHS’ Abraham Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho permanent exhibit, will lead the discussions.

For March, Women’s History Month, the book club will be reading and discussing Mary Lincoln: A Biography by Jean Baker and published by W. W. Norton & Company, 1989 (2008). Baker, a professor at Goucher College, in Baltimore, Maryland, is the author of several books on 19th-century American history, including The Stevensons: A Biography of an American Family; Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography; Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists; and most recently Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion.

The first meeting of the ISHS Book Club and special tour of the Abraham Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho exhibit will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Idaho State Archives & Research Center, 2205 N. Penitentiary Road, near the Old Penitentiary and the Idaho Botanical Garden. Copies of Mary Lincoln: A Biography are available at Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St. in Boise.

For more information about the book club or the Abraham Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho exhibit, contact Steve Barrett at 514-2324 or email steve.barrett@ishs.idaho.gov

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