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Three state agencies--Idaho State University, Boise State University and the Idaho Historical Society--have joined forces to revive publication of Idaho Yesterdays. The popular journal devoted to the history of the Gem State debuted in 1957 and served as a valuable academic journal of Idaho history for 45 years. Due to state budget cuts, the Idaho State Historical Society suspended publication in 2002.

Idaho Yesterdays combines color photography with rare imprints, museum artifacts, memoirs, reviews and peer-reviewed academic articles. Edited by Laura Woodworth-Ney at Idaho State University, it is produced by the Center for Idaho History and Politics under the direction of graphic artist Adele Thomsen and production supervisor Todd Shallat.

The journal is available to the public through a subscription managed by the Idaho State Historical Society and will also be available at local bookstores.

Visit to learn more about the journal.


Learn more about being a docent at Boise Art Museum (BAM) on Monday, January 10 at 10:30 a.m. Boise Art Museum's docents are cornerstones of our successful school tour program, offered free to public and private school students pre-K through high school. Over 50 dedicated volunteer docents currently provide interactive, guided tours and facilitate related hands-on art projects in the BAM studios.

September through May, BAM docents attend weekly training sessions to learn about the art exhibits and studio techniques. Last year, BAM docents provided more than 5,000 hours of service and educated more than 10,000 students. BAM docents were also honored with the 2003 Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

For more information, please call Melanie Fales, Curator of Education at 345-8330 ext. 18.


In honor of Women's History Month March 2005, Women Celebrating: Their Vision and Strength National Women's Art Exhibit is issuing a call for art submissions by women artists both professional and amateur. Hosted by Idaho State University's Women's Studies Program, the fifth annual Women Celebrating features artists from throughout the United States displaying work in various media including ceramics, glasswork, painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, metal smiting, photography and fiber arts such as book art, weaving, basketry and quilting. The juried show honors Best of Show, Second Place, and Merit Awards with cash prizes.

Interested artists can log onto the Women Celebrating web page at for submission information.The deadline to submit entries is January 27, 2005. For more information, call Susan Green Barger, Women's Studies Program assistant director, at (208) 282-5197.


RiverStone Community School's Becca Ballenger received first place for her Solo Audition performance at the State Drama Competition held earlier this month at Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls. Two other RiverStone students, Justin Olnes and Anneliese Rice, also advanced to the State Drama Competition for their "Ensemble Humorous" piece. Forty-two high school teams from around the state competed in Idaho Falls.

The team qualified for State by placing in the top third of all competitors in the "Ensemble Humorous" category. Additionally, Becca qualified for State in the "Solo Audition" category. This is the first year of drama competition for RiverStone Community School.

RiverStone Community School offers an academically challenging, college preparatory curriculum and is the first school in Idaho to receive accreditation with the International Baccalaureate Organization.

For more information, please contact Rachel Pusch at RiverStone Community School at 424-5000, or at


The new Journeys to Art/ Viajando al Arte program, sponsored by Boise Art Museum and the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho, provides free transportation from the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho (315 Stampede Way in Nampa) to Boise Art Museum and back and offers participants free admission to the Museum and to BAM's educational programs, Family Art Saturday and First Sunday Art Tour. Several bilingual exhibition handouts are available and bilingual docents facilitate the program.

First Sunday Art Tour occurs at 3 p.m. the first Sunday of each month and features a half-hour discussion by a BAM docent about current exhibitions. A bus departs from the Hispanic Cultural Center at 2:30 p.m. and leaves BAM at 4:30 p.m. January's First Sunday Art Tour takes place January 2 and highlights the Keys to Koop print exhibition.

Family Art Saturday takes place from noon to 3 p.m. the last Saturday of each month. Families are invited to participate in a hands-on art workshop (recommended for kids 12 and under, accompanied by an adult). The bus departs from the Hispanic Cultural Center at 11:30 a.m. and leaves BAM at 3 p.m. The January 29 Family Art Saturday workshop explores printmaking.

For more information, contact Boise Art Museum, 345-8330.

--Compiled by Cynthia Sewell