This summer, it will have been 150 years since Boise—the "Athens of the Sagebrush," as famous trial lawyer Clarence Darrow called it—sprang up on the plains of southern Idaho.
The sesquicentennial is the anniversary of the city's founding, which officials announced will be celebrated with a yearlong calendar of events called Boise 150.
Today, Boise City Department of Arts and History Director Terri Schorzman officially kicked off the Boise 150 program, which includes a host of grants awarded to 37 recipients.
"This is really about Boise's past, present and future," said Schorzman.
Flanked by City Council members and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Schorzman made the announcement at the new Sesqui-Shop, located at 1008 W. Main St.
Though the shop has yet to open, work by local artists graced the walls within the space, which is intended to serve as a hub for Boise 150. Lectures, workshops, art shows and other events in the space are designed to engage the public with the city's past.
"Being the mayor on the 150th anniversary of the City of Boise is a special honor," said Bieter. "We only get one shot at this. It's a community conversation about where we've been, but more importantly, where we're going."
The first week of July marks the signature event of the year, Bieter said. That weekend begins with an Independence Day celebration at Ann Morrison Park and the sesquicentennial celebration, a July 7 anniversary party, at Julia Davis Park.
Schorzman elaborates on the program in the video below.