Boise State University History Department

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Photos from Idaho State Museum's post 04/29/2024
04/24/2024

Meet Bailey Reece, originally from Middleton, Idaho, and set to graduate in the spring of 2024 from the Boise State University College of Education with a Master in Teaching in Secondary Education degree. Reece is part of a fellowship program that’s allowed her to teach rural students at Parma High School, returning to her roots after living in Boise to attend the university.

“Growing up in a rural area, I thought I would never go back and that city life was for me. But I have an amazing team at Parma High, amazing students and I have an amazing time teaching,” she said. “The opportunity has been incredible. I have built connections and gained real experience applying the knowledge from my classes. I love Parma High School, and I couldn’t have asked to be anywhere better.”

After graduation, Reece plans to take her “dream vacation” to Europe before diving back into her studies and joining the doctoral program in curriculum and instruction. She hopes to ultimately work as a faculty member, educating and inspiring future instructors.

“As a low-income, first-generation student, I initially thought college was never in the cards for me. Against all the odds, I did it. I hope to inspire others to push themselves to achieve their goals. I hope to remind people it is possible. I want to tell people why education is so important and that gaining knowledge can be fun. I truly love learning and this whole experience is like a dream come true.”

Read the Q&A with Bailey Reece: https://www.boisestate.edu/news/2024/04/23/passion-for-learning-sets-college-of-education-students-career-path/

Photos from Boise State University History Department's post 04/22/2024

Boise State history students had a blast exploring the Basque Block with Dr. John Bieter! Students experienced a historical Basque boarding house and showed off their skills while playing pala. Want to meet fellow students and explore history beyond the classroom? Stay tuned for our monthly social events!

04/08/2024

Interested in learning more about the history of Basque folks in Boise? Enjoy walking around Downtown Boise and looking at historic buildings? Want to get to know some of your fellow students? Join the Department of History for this month's student social: a tour of the Basque Block!

This month's event will feature a walking tour hosted by Dr. John Bieter, one of Boise State's resident Basque historians. He's looking forward to showing you around Boise's hub of Basque culture - the Basque Block.

We will meet at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center - located in Downtown Boise at 611 W Grove St, Boise, 83702 - at 4 PM on Friday, April 12th.
To RSVP, please follow the link here: Google Form - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0FoO_wY4i-rBdzY9h0LgjBahYLoCSN3fPN0zazzi5nIyjKg/viewform?pli=1
For questions, please email Emily at [email protected]
Click here to learn more about the Basque Museum and Cultural Center - https://basquemuseum.eus/research/
Hope to see you all there!

Photos from Boise State University's post 03/20/2024
03/20/2024

Dr. Lisa Brady and Boise State History major Sydney O'Connor, who is currently working for Congressman Mike Simpson, at his office. Dr. Lisa Brady was at his office to advocate for support for NEH, NARA, Title VI, and Fulbright-Hays funding.

National Humanities Alliance

02/26/2024

Meet one of our Boise State History seniors!

02/20/2024

Are you interested in local history about your city of Boise and want to meet other History students? In honor of Black History month, join Emily F. Mahaney for this hour long walking tour of the River Street neighborhood this Friday!

Lincoln Day 2024 02/13/2024

Check this out! Lecturer and Public Historian Emily Fritchman Mahaney spoke about Lincoln Day from the Senate floor. Lincoln established Idaho territory in 1863 giving Idaho a connection to Lincoln that few realize or appreciate!


Lincoln Day 2024

02/12/2024
Preservation Magazine Issues | National Trust for Historic Preservation 01/29/2024

Check this out!
The River Street Project that our very own Emily Fritchman-Mahaney has been working on over the past year is being featured in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's February issue!

Preservation Magazine Issues | National Trust for Historic Preservation Browse the back catalog of the award-winning Preservation magazine to find even more in-depth features and vibrant photography.

01/25/2024

Interested in reading about Japanese-American heroes in the second world war?

Join the Idaho Center for the Book at Albertsons Library on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6 - 7:30 pm for the first community read of 2024. The group will discuss Facing the Mountain by Daniel James Brown, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat. The conversation will be led by panelists from Friends of Minidoka, Boise State University's department of History , the local chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, and the National Japanese American Historical Society.

This event is in conjunction with The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Legacy by Shane Sato, an exhibit about the veterans of the same unit featured in Facing the Mountain.

You aren't required to read (or finish!) the book to attend. The event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC. Paid parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage and Brady Street Garage.

Photos from Idaho State Historic Preservation Office's post 01/19/2024
Public invited to new exhibit at military museum on Idahoans' untold story from WWII's Battle of the Bulge - Idaho Capital Sun 12/06/2023

One of our very own Graduate students, Kent Kiser, will be unveiling his exhibit on the Idaho men of the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion, a previously classified unit that helped to stop the German advance at the Battle of The Bulge.
Check it out at the opening this Friday, December 8th, at the Idaho Military History Museum at 7pm.

Public invited to new exhibit at military museum on Idahoans' untold story from WWII's Battle of the Bulge - Idaho Capital Sun The Idaho Military Museum in Boise will host an exhibit about Idahoans who played a key role in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

11/22/2023

Interested in the history of Camp Minidoka National Historic Site?

Check out this impressive public history project presented by one of our graduate students Camille Daw!

11/06/2023

More of our students were featured in this Fall's Boise State Magazine, like the Bronco Alum Brooklynn Allen that graduated with her degree in History in 2022!

10/30/2023

Check this out! One of our graduate students, Mandee
Snowden-Edmonds, has her own page in the Fall 2023 Boise State Magazine!

10/26/2023

Check this public lecture out Friday, November 3rd at 6 PM at Skaggs Hall!

Art History Speaker Series: Dr. Dolly Jørgensen on "Extinction, Memory, Remembrance, Emotions" 10/18/2023

Are you interested in Art History and looking for something to do Thursday, Oct. 26 between 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm?

The Boise State Department of Art, Design and Visual Studies and the Visiting Artist and Scholar Program are pleased to present Dr. Dolly Jørgensen, Professor of History at University of Stavanger, Norway as part of their 2023-2024 Art History Speaker Series: “Extinction.”

Dr. Dolly Jørgensen will be presenting on the topic of "Extinction, Memory, Remembrance, Emotions."

This event is over Zoom and is free and open to the public!

Read more about the event at -

Art History Speaker Series: Dr. Dolly Jørgensen on "Extinction, Memory, Remembrance, Emotions" October 26, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. MT Zoom: https://boisestate.zoom.us/j/97907776516 The Boise State Department of Art,...

Photos from Boise State University History Department's post 10/16/2023

History students gathered with faculty member Emily Fritchman-Mahaney for a spooky nighttime tour of the Old Idaho Penitentiary.
Stay tuned for our monthly student social events!

10/11/2023

Bronco Day is only a few days away!
Come stop by and talk to some of our History Departments folks about how a History major or minor might fit into your career goals!

Register for Bronco Day 2023 Get ready to join us for a full day that showcases life as a Bronco...

10/04/2023

Interested in teaching Hispanic Heritage in your classroom during Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond? The Idaho State Museum provides the Hispanic Heritage in Idaho trunk FREE of charge to educators!

Our Traveling Trunk Program offers 3 additional trunk themes for various grade levels and subjects relating to Idaho history! Trunks include hands-on touch objects, lesson plans, and activities to support classroom learning.

For more information and to check out a trunk, please visit history.idaho.gov/outreach.

Abolitionist Twilights 09/27/2023

Check this out! Our very own, Dr. Krohn, has a new book published that explores the memorial and historical writings that veteran abolitionists published in the years and decades following slavery’s eradication in the United States. https://fordhampress.com/9781531505608/abolitionist-twilights/

Abolitionist Twilights Provides unique insight into Reconstruction’s downfall and Jim Crow’s emergence.In the years and decades following the American Civil War, veteran abolit...

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