Silver City Brown Bag 

Looking to stimulate that mound of mush between your ears before that New Years bash kills some brain cells? The Idaho State History Museum will be ending the year with their fourth session of the 2009-2010 Brown Bag Lecture series, entitled Silver City, Yesterday and Today.

Silver City, Idaho was once a gold and silver mining town located just east of the Oregon/Idaho border in the Jordan Valley. In its heyday, the town was home to around 2,500 people and roughly 75 businesses, including six general stores, two lumber yards and the interestingly named virgin alley. Saucy. Around 1889 the city began a slow and inevitable decline, and today, Silver City is considered one of Idaho’s preeminent ghost towns.

The Brown Bag Lecture will be presented by Marty Peterson, current president of the Historic Silver City Foundation. Peterson has owned a home in Silver City for 36 years and been a member of many preservation groups dedicated to keeping the memory—and history—of Silver City alive. This barren town offers a closer look into the lives of our state ancestors, as the town has remained relatively unchanged since the 1800’s. The presentation will touch on all things Silver City as it covers the rise and fall of this Idaho town. If history is your thing, then grab a friend, pack a lunch (it is a brown bag after all), and take a blast into the sepia-tinted world of yesteryear.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 12-1 p.m., $3-$5, Idaho State History Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr., 208-322-4020,

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