MUSEUM MONDAY: IDAHO BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM

Welcome to my very first blog post!

Today is #MuseumMonday, where I will review one of Boise’s many museums. It’s a win-win because 1) it encourages me to visit the different museums in the Treasure Valley, and 2) I get to share my experience with you! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the read.

Front Entrance of the Idaho Black History Museum

Last Saturday, I went to the Idaho Black History Museum. The museum is housed in a white small church near Julia Andrews Park.

 

After going to Claus-n-Paws at Zoo Boise (stay tuned for a separate blog post on my afternoon of #boiseadventures), I decided to walk over to the Museum and see if it was open. Fortunately for me, it was opened, from 10AM to 5pm to be exact. That gave me 2 hours to explore the Museum.

Given its size (think of a small local Baptist church from the 1950s: small staircase, wood doors, glass-stained windows), exploring the Museum wasn’t going to take me 2 hours.

Once I walked in, I was immediately mesmerized and in completely awe. Maybe it’s because I LOVE museums and learning about cultural influences.

After scanning and talking in the view, I eventually was greeted with the amazing From Slave to Presidency piece by Pablo Rodriguez, Jr. This piece was donated to the Museum in December 2009, installation of the final piece in January 2010. It’s a beautiful piece, which you can see a glimpse in the photo above.


 

Here are some other cool photos from my visit

 

Powerful quote

 

 

1st black graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law

 

 

Example of the informational panels

 

 

Thank you for your service!

 


 

My only (small) critique is I wish some video showing the history of Black Idahoans or something similar, or alternatively, music playing in the background. Aside from that, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit!


 

Here are some of my suggestions to maximize your visit:

  • Take the time to read each informational panel
  • Look at the From Slave to President Piece above the front door
  • Make a donation
  • Stop by the Abraham Lincoln statue next door
Say hi to Abraham Lincoln

Have you visited the Idaho Black History Museum? If so, I’d love to hear about your visit. Comment below! If you’d like to learn more about the Museum, including volunteer opportunities, please visit:¬†http://www.ibhm.org/


Join me next week for my next #MuseumMonday feature!

 

 

 

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