This year marks a big 1-5-0 for the City of Boise. A century-and-a-half after the town sprung up near a fort of the same name, citywide sesquicentennial celebrations provide a chance for residents to investigate both past and present versions of their town, led by the yearlong Boise City Department of Arts and History program, Boise 150.
Signature events include three free Thinking 150 programs, presented in collaboration with Boise State University scholars and hosted in nightlife settings. They're chances to grab an adult beverage and listen to thoughtful discussion of Boise's legacy.
Running from Thursday, Feb. 7-Saturday, Feb. 9, the series aims to provide education and discourse on Boise 150 topics, including enterprise, environment and community.
As part of First Thursday, Feb. 7, Boise State Department of History Associate Professor Lynn Lubamersky will lead the regular Fettuccine Forum in a discussion on Memory and History, during which she'll talk about the power of memory and how it influences our perceptions of history, both personal and collective. The program starts at 5 p.m. at the Rose Room.
On Friday, Feb. 8, Boise 150 celebrants can choose one of three locations to take part in the Think and Drink. Each location will have options for no-host food and drinks, and the public gets to listen to speaker-led discussions.
Choose to hear Boise State professors John Bieter and David Lachiondo speak at Leku Ona, Lisa Brady lecture at Berryhill & Company or Kent Neupert lead a talk at Payette Brewing Company in Garden City, each beginning at 6 p.m.
During the Saturday, Feb. 9, event, two scholars present Placing Boise in the American West, at Boise Centre Summit auditorium at 7 p.m., after an opening reception beginning at 6 p.m.
Jon Christensen is an historian at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and Anthea Hartig is executive director of the California Historical Society. They'll consider Boise's historical and contemporary patterns within the context of a wider regional framework.
Thinking 150 is only a piece of the larger sesquicentennial celebrations that will take place this year at locations across town and at the Sesqui-Shop, 1008 W. Main St.