Humanities in the Home

From Our Home to Yours

Each day, the Idaho Humanities Council coordinates statewide humanities programming from a historic home in downtown Boise. We offer here some suggestions for engaging and thoughtful humanities experiences in your own home, especially as many Idahoans are proactively limiting social activities due to COVID-19.

There are many examples below, from virtual tours of museums, books, movies, television shows, and podcasts.  If you have any additional ideas or suggestions to share, please let us know!


Virtual Exhibits:

British Museum (London)

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (DC)

Google Arts & Culture (Over 100 sites)


Brainbox (Oklahoma Humanities) 

The 1600 Sessions (White House Historical Association)

Backstory Celebrates 10 Years (Virginia Humanities)



National Archives

Idaho Architecture Project

The Crash Course 

Being Human (University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center)

Distance Learning (Idaho Public Television)

Latah County Historical Society

Idaho State Historical Society

The Cabin

Idaho Commission on the Arts

Book Passage's Conversations with Authors

Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

History Summit


When March Went Mad: The Game that Transformed Basketball by Seth Davis

Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum

Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T. J. Stiles

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brook

Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness Accounts from the Greatest Medical Holocaust in Modern History by Catharine Arnold

The Great Influenza  by John M. Barry

"The Single Most Important Lesson from the 1918 Influenza," John M. Barry, NYT Opinion

Honey Bus by Meredith May

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey CEP kindle

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Circles by Madeleine Miller

The White Darkness by David Grann

Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross

Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton

Out of Time series by Monique Martin

Culinary Mystery Series by Josi S. Kilpack

Sitting in Beauty by Mary Ann Allison

Films, Television, and Media

All the Bright Places (Netflix)--NYT Review

Anne with an E (Netflix)

West Wing (Netflix) -- West Wing Weekly Podcast

Ken Burn's Baseball (PBS) -- Streaming Free

Wireless Philosophy (YouTube)

Metropolitan Opera Streaming Concerts