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Museum Comes to Life

Saturday, Sept. 28


Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, but those who embrace their history are predestined to enjoy it.

Idaho State Historical Museum means to honor the technology and craftsmen of old by sending visitors on a tour of important world discoveries and pivotal human events, as depicted by history re-enactors from all over Idaho.

Go back more than 1,000 years and come face to face with medieval knights, or roam a gothic stronghold in Julia Davis Park. Come a little closer to modern day and feel the power of Civil War cannon fire, or witness the foundation of much of our artistic culture through the Renaissance group's display.

Essential Idaho's 150 Things that Make the Gem State Great (bet you could name 151) is the featured exhibit, where visitors can learn about wood carving, calligraphy, rug hooking, hat making and leather working, among other hands-on activities throughout the day.

The Lewis and Clark Pavilion in Pioneer Village showcases performances by Marimba Boise, Ballet Folklorica Mexico Lindo, Irish Dance Idaho and the Boise Banjo Band. The Highlander Scottish Bagpipers and the Owyhee Mountain Fiddlers will also offer their musical styles as they roam the event, immersing visitors in the tunes of the past.

Local food vendors will be serving wood-fired pizza, rice bowls, gridiron grub and Mexican fare. Girl Scouts will be selling apple slices with caramel and pie slices to raise money for a trip to Paris.

Apparently, when you repeat parts of history, they include better food.