by Andrew Crisp
Boise's Brown Bag lecture series, a regular talk led by scholars on diverse Idaho history topics, returns in the New Year with another 12 months of programming.
Organized by the Friends of the Historical Museum, the free lunch-hour series has delved into everything from Boise's long-forgotten electric streetcar to stories of Gem State ski resorts.
But this year, the series is moving to a temporary location while the program's usual digs at the Idaho State Historical Museum undergo construction for a new main exhibit.
Essential Idaho: 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique will be assembled at the museum to coincide with Boise's sesquicentennial celebration.
The 2013 Brown Bag series will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 15, at its temporary home in the Central Plaza Auditorium of the Washington Group Plaza building, located at 720 Park Blvd. The schedule remains the same—held the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m.
Dr. Ken Reid, Idaho state archaeologist, will lead the Jan. 15 series on the Bear River Massacre—the scene of an 1863 raid by Federal troops on a Shoshone village in southeastern Idaho.