Women’s Rights, Bikes, and Bloomers @ See details below
May 9 – Sep 20 all-day

An exhibit to local Women’s Suffrage in the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum. The exhibit will include fashions and photographs of 1920.
Rails to Trails bicycle rides in Shoshone County, Idaho.
Local Wallace restaurants will contribute menu and dinning options to commemorate Women’s suffrage.
Dr. Janet Worthington will give a Chautauqua Character of Amelia Bloomer, performance in the NPR Depot Museum, to explain this woman’s influence in the fashion industry and the convenience of riding a bicycle.
Ms Vicki Allmann, will perform the Chautauqua Character of May Arkwright Hutton as she advocated for Idaho women the right to vote in 1896,
Dr. Heather Branstetter, author of Selling Sex in the Silver Valley will lecture on the strength of Idaho/Silver Valley women in the sustainable community.
Dr. Katherine Aiken, University of Idaho Professor Emeritus, lecture on women’s suffrage and prohibition in northern Idaho.

9 May 2020 Official opening of the Woman’s Suffrage, Bikes and Bloomers exhibit in the Road Master’s Room of the exhibit. This is also Depot Day & Classic Car Show, a fund raising event for the museum and foundation.
All summer Restaurants in Historic Wallace will prepare and highlight foods and customs from the era of women’s suffrage.
Sixth Street Theater will highlight women’s suffrage in the summer theater.
24 June 2020 Ms Vicki Allmann as May Arkwright Hutton champion for Idaho women’s rights and the right to vote.
30 July 2020 Dr. Heather Branstetter, lecture on the strength and character of women in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District
26 August 2020 Dr. Janet Worthington, Amelia bloomer comes to life on the Route of the Hiawatha/lecture in character at the NPR Depot Museum.
Shoshone County Resource Center, fund raising event on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes
September 20 Dr. Katherine Aiken, lecture at the NPR Depot on women’s suffrage and prohibition in northern Idaho.

Idaho’s Most Controversial Politician: Glen Taylor, the Singing Senator @ Idaho Humanities Council Connected Conversations
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Title: “Idaho’s Most Controversial Politician: Glen Taylor, the Singing Senator”
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
6:00 pm -7:00 pm MDT
Marc Johnson

Program Description:  Post-World War II Idaho politics were unpredictable, intraparty challenges were common, partisanship, often exemplified by newspaper treatment of candidates, was extreme and anti-Communism, a defining theme of the period, was often an emotional, divisive and decisive issue. The turmoil produced some notable political characters, brought to an end the colorful and controversial career of perhaps the most liberal politician ever elected in Idaho, Democratic Senator Glen Hearst Taylor, and remarkably, particularly considering Idaho’s partisan make-up today, helped launched the unlikely political career of Senator Frank Church.

Bio:   Marc Johnson, a political historian and former chief of staff to Idaho’s longest serving governor,

Cecil D. Andrus, will talk about Glen Taylor’s colorful and controversial political career and his influence on Idaho and the nation.

Johnson is the author of Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana, published in 2019 by the University of Oklahoma Press. He is a former board member and chair of the Idaho Humanities Council. Johnson’s writing on politics and history have appeared in Montana The Magazine of Western HistoryThe Blue ReviewThe California Journal of Politics and Policy, the New York Times and many Idaho and regional newspapers.

Johnson’s next book – Tuesday Night Massacre: Four Senate Elections and the Radicalization of the Republican Party – is the story of how independent expenditure campaigns began and how those campaigns upend politics beginning with Senate contests in 1980. The University of Oklahoma Press will publish that book in 2021.

To sign up for this event, please click HERE.  After you sign up via Eventbrite you will receive the link to the Zoom conversation via email.

Basque Communities in the West Exhibit @ The Basque Museum and Cultural Center
Jul 23 all-day

The Basque Museum & Cultural Center launched a new initiative in 2016 to collect the stories of Basque individuals and families in Idaho and the surrounding states through its Basque Community History Project. Museum staff and volunteers are literally making contact with individuals by community, by family, and through contact on an individual basis. The proposed exhibit will include interactive clips of video histories and historic photographs, documents, and artifacts shared with the Basque Museum as part of this project. Compiled together, the information helps tell the story of Basques in the American West. The exhibit will highlight Basque individuals, families, businesses, and community activities where they had a significant presence and have played a role in the communities of the southern part of Idaho, southeast Oregon, throughout Nevada and select locations in Utah and Montana.

The new exhibit will open on July 23, 2020, prior to the 2020 Jaialdi International Basque Cultural Festival opening on July 28.

Chocolate: Food of the Gods @ Boise WaterShed
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm

Speaker:  Lauren Fins

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but chocolate does! Archeological evidence indicates that chocolate was consumed by early meso-Americans at least 3,000 years ago. Chocolate was prepared as a frothy drink spiced with chilies or vanilla, was used in cultural ceremonies and its seeds were traded as currency. Europeans added sugar to the drink and used chocolate as medicine, and aphrodisiac and a stimulant. Americans today consume an average of 12 pounds of chocolate per person per year. In this presentation, Dr. Fins will explore the natural and cultural history of chocolate, including the social and environmental costs of this “food of the gods”. OPTION: Chocolate tasting after the discussion enhances this experience. Please discuss this with Dr. Fins prior to booking and be prepared to reimburse her for the samples she supplies.

Immerse and Engage with Impressionism at BAM @ Boise Art Museum
Aug 1 all-day

From November 2019 to November 2020, Boise Art Museum (BAM) will present “Women in Impressionism: Masterworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum” (SAAM), featuring three Impressionist masterworks from SAAM’s collection: Mary Cassatt’s “Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla” (1873), Frederick Carl Frieseke’s “Nude Seated at Her Dressing Table” (1909), and Childe Hassam’s “Tanagra (The Builders, New York)” (1918).  Each of these portraits provides a distinctive view of women at the turn of the 20th century, filtered through the lens of the artist’s experience. Cassatt’s travels in Spain, Frieseke’s residence at the Giverny art colony, and Hassam’s urban lifestyle in New York City, are expressed through their individual choices of palette, pose, and setting. This exhibition will provide a view of the American Impressionist movement, and afford visitors the unique opportunity to experience artworks by three of the United States’ preeminent artists.


November 9, 2019 – exhibition opens
December 2019 – education programs commence
December 2019 – May 2020 – Free School Tour Program for high school students
January 2020 – winter “salon conversation” event
April 2020 – spring “salon conversation” event
September – November 2020 – Free School Tour Program for high school students continues
November 8, 2020 – exhibition closes

Seeking Suffrage: Commemorating Passage of the 19th Amendment @ Dee details below
Aug 1 all-day

The Latah County Historical Society, the Moscow League of Women Voters, the University of Idaho College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, the University of Idaho Honors Program, and the University of Idaho Women’s Center have partnered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with a series of public programs.

The “Seeking Suffrage” event series will take place from September 2019 through August 2020 and consist of four public presentations, an exhibit, and a community celebration.The four public presentations are: Stanford scholar Karen Offen discussing women’s enfranchisement from a comparative perspective, with emphasis on various countries and how women gained the vote; Rebecca Mead, author of HOW THE VOTE WAS WON, WOMEN SUFFRAGE IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES, 1868-1914 (2004), will discuss the women’s suffrage movement in the West and its impact on the national movement; University of Idaho scholars Rebecca Scofield and Katherine Aiken will examine the Idaho women’s suffrage campaign of 1896; and a panel of elected women, chaired by Idaho State Representative Caroline Nilsson Troy, will complete the program. Offen, Mead, Scofield, and Aiken are historians and will emphasize the methodology of that humanities discipline.

In July 2019, the 9th Circuit Court’s journal, Western Legal History, was devoted to women’s suffrage in the West. In conjunction with that publication and its annual conference, the 9th Circuit created an exhibit highlighting the women’s suffrage campaign in the West. The Court has agreed to loan the exhibit to this project and it will be in Moscow to coincide with the Rebecca Mead presentation.

The August event will be celebratory and will be held in conjunction with University of Idaho’s convening of the academic year. Ice cream and purple, yellow, and white sashes are part of plans to date.

Finally, the 2020 edition of LCHS’s LATAH LEGACY local history journal will be devoted to the anniversary, with articles about Latah County women of significance.

The purpose of this program series is to highlight this significant event in the history of the United States—an event that has not received the attention it deserves and examines a right that both women and men often take for granted. The program is designed to enlighten audiences regarding the longevity of the women’s suffrage movement; the bravery many of its advocates exhibited; the political nuances often ignored; and the contemporary resonance of many of the issues involved.

Sep. 2019, Dr. Karen Offen Presentation “Seeking Suffrage: Women’s Suffrage in the World” will bridge the time period from the French Revolution to the granting of suffrage in Kuwait, with a nod to the municipal vote being (tentatively) accorded to women in Saudi Arabia.
Jan. 28, 2020, Dr. Rebecca Mead, “Seeking Suffrage: Votes for Women in the West”
Late Feb., early March 2020, Dr. Rebecca Scofield and Dr. Katherine Aiken, “Seeking Suffrage: Idaho’s 1896 Women’s Suffrage Campaign.”
April 2020, “Seeking Suffrage: A Discussion with Women in Politics Today”—local female elected officials, current and former
Aug. 2020, 19th Amendment Celebration
Nov. 2020, publish LATAH LEGACY special edition

Karen Offen—University of Idaho Campus, 875 Perimeter Drive, Moscow, Idaho
Rebecca Mead—Kenworthy Theatre 508 S. Main, Moscow, Idaho
Rebecca Scofield and Katherine Aiken—University of Idaho Campus,
Women in Politics Panel—Kenworthy Theatre,
August celebration—Friendship Square, Downtown Moscow

Teton Storytelling & Arts Festival @ See details below
Aug 7 – Aug 9 all-day

The Teton Story Telling & Arts Festival will be held August 7-9, 2020.  It is a free summer event appropriate for all ages.  Come and experience Literature, Folk Music, Tall-Tales and Oral History and an array of talented artists.

The storytelling is done on the stage at our two historic venues; the Romance Theater and the Rexburg Tabernacle.  The Vendor Village is set up on Center Street next to the Romance Theater.

Romance Theater
4 East Main Street
Rexburg, ID 83440

Center Street – between Main Street and Carlson Avenue
Rexburg, ID 83440

Rexburg Tabernacle
21 N Center Street
Rexburg, ID 83440

Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folksongs @ Troy Historical Society and Museum
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm

Speaker:  Tracy Morrison

In 1883, Sarah Winnemucca was the first Native American woman to publish an autobiography “Life Among the Paiutes, Their Wrongs and Claims” documenting the first 40 years of experiences between her people and European settlers. Polly Bemis was shipped to America by the slave trade, and became a free woman after many years of servitude. Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho, was the only woman horse breeder of her time who supplied thousands of horses all over North America. Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folksongs, presents brief introduction stories followed by original songs recognizing historical Idaho women.

Amelia Jenks Bloomer: Champion of Women’s Rights @ Veterans Memorial Park
Aug 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker:  Janet Worthington

Born in 1818, Amelia Jenks Bloomer was an avid supporter of temperance, a publisher of her own newspaper, and an ardent suffragette, who was encouraged by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. As Amelia Bloomer, Janet Worthington explains how Bloomer’s name became linked with the women’s fashion of wearing full-length, billowy pants. This portrayal of a woman who was dedicated to working against inequality and social injustices will inspire renewed admiration for those who championed women’s rights in the 19th century.

This event is a members only old fashions picnic celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.  Participants are encouraged to come dressed is suffragette costume.

Idaho’s State Park System: An Accidental Treasure @ Boise WaterShed
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm

Speaker:  Rick Just

In 1908, Idaho’s first state park was created by an Act of Congress. It was named for Sen. Weldon B. Heyburn, who famously said “[state parks] are always a subject of political embarrassment.” This presentation traces the roots of the system from the Harriman Alaska Expedition in 1899, through the war years of the Farragut Naval Training Station, to the brilliant gift deed Gov. Robert E. Smylie arranged with Roland and Averell Harriman to create a dedicated park agency resulting in today’s system of 30 state parks.