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See History in Action at Museum Comes to Life

Saturday, Sept. 29

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Here's a quiz: Where can you see pioneer blacksmiths, Civil War soldiers, Renaissance swordsmen, Irish dancers, classic cars and a giant potato? Unless you confuse the type of mushrooms you put in your salad, the best way is at the Idaho State Historical Museum's Museum Comes to Life event.

The annual hands-on celebration of history will fill the museum and a chunk of Julia Davis Park Saturday, Sept. 29, with family friendly demonstrations and performances from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This is the 39th year for the event, which strives to give the public a chance to get a new take on history with firsthand peeks at life at various points in time.

Living history re-enactors will be set up in and around the museum, offering demonstrations of crafts, arts and skills. It will be encampment central with Colonial, Civil War, Indian Lifeways, Renaissance, Pioneers and World War II groups set up throughout the day. The public will be able to check out things like wood carving, Navajo weaving, blacksmithing, pioneer games and various performances, including Medieval combat.

This year there's a special focus on the area's cultural diversity through the performing arts, thanks to a grant from the City of Boise Department of Arts and History. Throughout the day, groups of dancers and musicians will perform around the museum, including Irish and Greek dancers, Ballet Folklorica, Marimba Boise and Boise faves Hillfolk Noir.

If that's not enough, there will also be displays of classic cars and motorcycles, as well as food vendors and roaming historic figures. Better yet, it's all free. You have to love history.

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