Idaho Sesquicentennial Celebration Kicks Off at Capitol Monday, March 4

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Celebrate Idaho history Monday, March 4, as Civil War re-enactors, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and an actor playing Abraham Lincoln help commemorate the Territorial Sesquicentennial at the Idaho Capitol.

Visit the Statehouse at 11 a.m. for pre-ceremony activities, including a musical performance by Idaho schoolchildren and a chance to snag a photo with Union and Rebel soldiers. At 1 p.m., join Otter on the Statehouse steps for a ceremony to commemorate Lincoln's creation of the Idaho Territory on March 4, 1863.

David Leroy, former Idaho attorney general, will also share his extensive knowledge of Lincoln's presidency and history.

Events fall under the banner of Get Territorial: Idaho at 150, the statewide sesquicentennial celebration. The first exhibit, Essential Idaho: 150 Things That Make the Gem State Unique, opens at the Idaho State Historical Museum Tuesday, March 5.

Learn about Franklin, Idaho's first established town site, and Polly Bemis, a Chinese-American pioneer who homesteaded on the Salmon River.

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