$400,000 NEH Grant Will Fund New Idaho State Historical Museum Exhibit 

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It's been years since Boise citizens have been able to set foot in the Idaho State Historical Museum, but despite the lengthy renovation process—which began way back in 2014—the Idaho State Historical Society has kept a tight grip on its vision for future exhibits. When the museum finally reopens this summer, it will include a brand new exhibit created in partnership with Gem State Native American tribes called Idaho: The Land and Its People, funded to the tune of $400,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“When we think about Idaho history, it begins with Idaho’s Native Tribes,” said ISHS Executive Director Janet Gallimore in a press release. “As we started the process of telling Idaho’s story in the museum’s new exhibitions, it was crucial for us to be able to tell their story from creation to contemporary life.”

click to enlarge COURTESY IDAHO STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
  • Courtesy Idaho State Historical Society
On April 9, NEH announced it would award 199 humanities projects across the country with a total of $18.6 million in grants. Of the $425,200 that went to Idaho, the Historical Museum netted the majority, with the rest going to Boise State University to fund fellowships documenting endangered languages, and specifically the creation of a book on the Harney Valley, Oregon-based Wadateka'a language.

According to ISHS, Idaho: The Land and Its People will including a space called the Origins Theater (pictured above), that will show reservation-filmed video documenting the creation stories of all five federally-recognized Idaho Native American tribes.
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