Despite Boise's homogenous societal makeup, the city came to be because of the work of many cultures, including the Chinese. Today, Priscilla Wegars will discuss the experience and influence of Chinese immigrants in Idaho and the Boise Basin as part of Idaho Botanical Garden's 2012 lecture series.
The series kicked off June 19 and has examined the history of Celebration Park, recipes found in the cookbook offered by the Idaho Black History Museum, and plants in the gardens of pioneers. According to IBG's website:
"The lectures will enrich the lives of those attending the talks by helping attendees understand and appreciate the experiences of others, as well as offering insight into how issues we deal with today were addressed in the past, and how past events influence the way in which we now live."
You can examine and handle artifacts from the University of Idaho’s Asian American Comparative Collection and bask in the serene glory of IBG's meditation garden. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. and is FREE with regular garden admission of $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for youth ages 6-12, and FREE for children younger than 6, as well as IBG and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members.
The next and final installment of the lecture series will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, and will focus on prehistoric tools and weapons.