Mar 2 @ 12:00 am – Jun 2 @ 12:00 am

Our touring anniversary show, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25, will be on view at the Boise Art Museum from March 2 – June 2, 2019. This is the final stop on the exhibition tour. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Rebecca Dobkins at Willamette University, and was organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. An exhibition catalog is available through University of Washington Press. We are excited to share works from Crow’s Shadow press with audiences in Boise!

The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) was founded by Oregon painter and printmaker James Lavadour, in 1992. This exhibition, organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with Crow’s Shadow, chronicles the history of the institute over the past twenty-five years as it has emerged as a nationally recognized printmaking studio. Situated on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon, it is perhaps the only professional printmaking studio located in a reservation community in the United States.

The exhibition features original prints drawn from the Crow’s Shadow Print Archive and focuses on themes of landscape, abstraction, portraiture, word and images, and media and process. Included in the exhibition are works by fifty-one Native and non-Native artists who have worked at CSIA, including Rick Bartow, Pat Boas, Joe Feddersen, Edgar Heap of Birds, James Lavadour, Truman Lowe, Lillian Pitt, Wendy Red Star, Storm Tharp, and Marie Watt, among others.

Organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in partnership with the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25 was supported by a major grant from the Ford Family Foundation. Additional financial support was provided by a grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; with funds from an endowment gift from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through their Spirit Mountain Community Fund; and by general operating support grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The presentation at the Boise Art Museum is made possible by THE FOUR J FOUNDATION.

The Complexity of Prehistoric Tools and Weapons @ Bridgeview Estates Independent Living
May 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker:  James Woods

Our society has made remarkable advancements in technology since the advent of metals. These achievements have been made possible only after many thousands of years of experimentation with more modest materials such as bone, wood, fiber, shell, and stone. Though the distance between steel and bone may seem long, the minds of ancient toolmakers were as analytical as today’s engineers, observant as today’s artists, and as skilled as today’s craftsmen. Ancient people produced swords of wood and stone that were sharper than steel, drilled holes in jade using drill bits made of bone, and develop weapons of wood capable of dispatching from a distance the now-extinct mega-beasts of the last ice age. This program uses a combination of slides and demonstrations, and is enhanced by numerous replicas illustrating a variety of clever and unusual tools and weapons made and used by our prehistoric ancestors. Included in this presentation are several vignettes of recent case studies showing how archaeologists use replication analysis to learn more about ancient technology.

Lemhi County History Month @ Salmon City Center
Jun 13 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

The Lemhi County Historical Society and the Sacajawea Educational, Cultural, and Interpretive Center are focusing on the history of the Shoshone and Bannock tribes in Central Idaho and the role of LDS missions in the settlement of Idaho as well as their interactions with the Idaho tribes.

On June 13, 2019, our first event will focus on the history of the Shoshone and Bannock in Central Idaho.  Dr. Cleve Davis, an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribes, has a Ph.D. in
Environmental Science. He will address the preservation of cultural practices, language, tribal hunting and fishing rights, and the impact of environmental change on traditional lifestyles.

This event will be held in the Salmon City Center at 200 Main Street
in Salmon, Idaho.  Please contact Hope Benedict for the presentation time.

Lemhi County History Month @ Salmon City Center
Jun 22 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

The Lemhi County Historical Society and the Sacajawea Educational, Cultural, and Interpretive Center are focusing on the history of the Shoshone and Bannock tribes in Central Idaho and the role of LDS missions in the settlement of Idaho as well as their interactions with the Idaho tribes.

On June 22, 2019, our program will emphasize the diaspora, settlement, and proselytizing efforts of the LDS among the Shoshone and Bannock, from both the Shoshone-Bannock and LDS perspectives.  Dr. Andrea Radke-Moss, professor of U. S. History (with specialties in the History of the American West, Native American Studies, and Women’s History), will lead a tour and offer a lecture on the Salmon River Mission, 1855-58, which was established in the Lemhi Valley in the midst of the primary camp of the regional Shoshone and Bannock.  Dr. Radke-Moss will also discuss the role of women at the Salmon River (Fort Limhi) Mission, and, if possible, the incidence of intermarriage between missionaries and tribal members as well as the ramifications of cultural exchange.

This event will be held in the Salmon City Center at 200 Main Street
in Salmon, Idaho.  Please contact Hope Benedict for the presentation time.

William Wallace, Lincoln’s Friend @ Touchmark Meadow Lake Village, Coeur d'Alene Room, Grand Lodge
Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Speaker:  David Leroy

In period dress and first person, as William Wallace, the first territorial governor of Idaho, Mr. Leroy confirms what you only recently heard…the President has been shot!  He tells of his friendship with Lincoln since the 1840s and recounts how Lincoln, by word and deed was a friend to everyone in Idaho Territory.  The audience must assume the position of a group of pioneers assembled in the summer of 1865

Early Idaho Work Songs @ Copperfield Park
Aug 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Speaker:  Gary Eller

This event is at a campground in Oxbow, OR.  Please bring a lawn chair and a jacket.

This Flotsam and Jetsam of Human Passions: Idaho War Horses to the South African War, 1899-1902 @ CSI Herrett Center for Arts and Science
Sep 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker:  Philip Homan

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Poet Richard Blanco Coming to Boise @ Boise Centre West
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Prize-winning Poet Richard Blanco to Speak in Boise in September

Historic presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 23nd Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m., at Boise Centre West. Blanco is one of the most beloved and influential poets and storytellers writing today.

Tickets are available by clicking HERE or by calling the IHC at 208-345-5346. General tickets are $65 and Benefactor tickets are $130. Benefactors are invited to a private pre-event reception with Blanco at 5 p.m. The evening will begin with a no-host reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. at Boise Centre West. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with Blanco’s talk to follow. Blanco’s books will be available from Rediscovered Books for signing afterwards.

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. History, Richard Blanco is the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his three collections of poetry: City of a Hundred Fires, which received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburg Press; Directions to the Beach of the Dead, recipient of the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center; and Looking for the Gulf Motel, recipient of the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Thom Gunn Award.

He has authored the memoirs For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and the Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. His inaugural poem “One Today” was published as a children’s book, in collaboration with renowned illustrator Dav Pilkey.

Blanco’s latest book of poems, How to Love a Country, both interrogates the American narrative, past and present, and celebrates the still unkept promise of its ideals. In this new collection of poems, his first in over seven years, Blanco continues to invite a conversation with all Americans. Through an oracular yet intimate and accessible voice, he addresses the complexities and contradictions of our nationhood and the unresolved sociopolitical matters that affect us all.

He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and has received numerous honorary doctorates. He has taught at Georgetown University, American University, and Wesleyan University. He serves as the first Education Ambassador for The Academy of American Poets.


Since 1997, the IHC has brought top historians, journalists, novelists, and other writers to Boise for the Council’s annual event. Previous speakers have included such luminaries as Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, novelist John Updike, NewsHour anchor and author Jim Lehrer, presidential historian Michael Beschloss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, and author, journalist, and columnist Anna Quindlen.