Join us every other Tuesday for a virtual Connected Conversation to discuss various humanities topics with people around Idaho. Subjects span urban history, the presidency, cultural influences in Idaho, and even baseball. These talks are typically 6-7pm Mountain Time.

Each speaker will talk about their topic for about 30 minutes or so and then will take questions and discuss for about 35 minutes more.  Missed a conversation? No problem! You can watch them online and links are included below.

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Working Together Before, During, and After the Progressive Era: The Legacy of Women’s Clubs in Idaho
May 3, 2021  12:00pm-1:00pm MT
Speaker: HannaLore Hein, Idaho State Historian, Idaho State Historical Society

Program Description:  This presentation will explore the circumstances that allowed for the development of women’s clubs in the United States between the early 1800s and early 1900s and the underlying ideologies and sentiments that spurred the growth of activism and organizing during Progressive Era. With this foundation the presentation will then explore the emergence of women’s clubs in Idaho, the specific work of these clubs, and the impact that these clubs had in their communities. The work of club women at the turn of the century supported various facets of the community, including health, education, the arts and humanities, and political and civic engagement. The presentation will end with an exploration of how some of these clubs adapted and continued to serve their community well into the 20th and 21st centuries, and how, thanks to the record keeping of these organizations, we (with the help of historians) can learn from the women leaders of the past.

Bio:  HannaLore Hein has always had a passion for history. During her sophomore year of college at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she enrolled in Dr. Patty Limerick’s course on the History of the American West. This experience piqued her interest in regional and western American history and opened her eyes to the importance of making history more accessible and relevant to public audiences. While at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she also enrolled in the Center of the American West’s certificate program. She completed coursework in Native American literature and history, western hydrology and geography, journalism, ethnic studies, and environmental studies. During her junior year, she interned with the Colorado Commissioner of Indian Affairs, within the Colorado Lt. Governor’s office. HannaLore earned her undergraduate degree in May 2011. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History and Ethnic Studies and received a Western American Studies certificate from the Center of the American West.

In the fall of 2012, HannaLore began a graduate program in Applied Historical Research at Boise State University, where she focused her studies on the American West's entrepreneurial and environmental history. The culmination of her studies was a master’s project that used architectural history as a lens to explore the corporate histories of two legacy companies in Boise, Idaho, and their role in creating a sense of place. While at Boise State University, HannaLore also partook in a year-long internship with Stevens Historical Research Associates (SHRA) and participated as an inaugural member of the Boise State University’s Venture College, where she networked and developed entrepreneurial and business skills. She graduated with an M.A. in Applied Historical Research in May 2015 and joined SHRA as a research historian. In 2016, she assumed the position of Director of Business Development with SHRA. In addition to her responsibilities as Research Historian, as Director of Business Development, she fostered partnerships with other local businesses and sought opportunities in new markets. HannaLore retained these two roles with SHRA until August 2019, when she resigned to assume the position of State Historian with the Idaho State Historical Society.

In addition to her academic and professional achievements, HannaLore is involved with several organizations. HannaLore led an ArchWalk presentation for Preservation Idaho, and moderated a panel for the City of Boise's Fettuccine Forum lecture series. HannaLore has served on the Boise State Alumni Association Board of Directors since May 2016 and is also heavily involved with The Junior League of Boise, Inc. She has served on the Tango Boise, Inc. Board of Directors and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center of the American West.

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The views expressed by our speakers do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) or the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC).

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