Forum: The Future of Idaho's History
Monday, August 13, 2018, 11:45am- 1:15pm
LOCATION CHANGE: Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702, room West 100 CDE
Executive Director, Janet Gallimore


Audio Recording

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Located in downtown Boise's Julia Davis Park, the Idaho State Museum is the official museum of Idaho's history. As early as 1893, the collections of the Idaho State Historical Society were on view in a variety of locations, including Boise City Hall, the Carnegie Library, and the Idaho State Capitol. The Idaho Legislature authorized a new facility in 1939 and the original Idaho State Historical Museum building was completed in 1950. The museum is now undergoing a dramatic expansion to provide more exhibits, artifacts, and programming for visitors of all ages. The newly reimagined Idaho State Museum will reopen in the early fall of 2018.


At this City Club forum, go behind the scenes of the recent $17 million renovation and expansion of the Idaho State Historical Society's, Idaho State Museum. Executive Director Janet Gallimore will speak about how the museum has been designed to be purposeful and intentional in how it presents Idaho's stories and key pieces from the museum's collection of more than 50,000 objects — and how this living embodiment of our city and state’s history will play a key role in how we experience our culture and heritage long into the future.


This project consists of a two story, 35,600 square foot addition to the existing Idaho Historical Museum in Boise. The design includes greatly expanded exhibit space including space for major traveling exhibits, enlarged lobby and retail area, and a 310 seat lecture hall / auditorium. Learn more at this insightful forum.


Informational video provided by the Idaho State Historical Society:


Speaker Biography:


JANET L. GALLIMORE Is the Executive Director of the Idaho State Historical Society, where she directs a dynamic state agency comprised of the Idaho State Museum, Idaho State Archives and State Records Center, State Historic Preservation Office, and Historic Sites program. Ms. Gallimore has 30 years experience in the area of cultural resource management. She holds an MS in Business from National Lewis University and BA in Business and Fine Art from Barat College.


A graduate of the J. Paul Getty Museum Management Institute, Ms. Gallimore is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the national History Relevance Campaign. She has served as a peer reviewer for American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and its museum accreditation program from 1995-to the present and on the National Field Committee of the Museums and Community Initiative of the AAM; and in numerous capacities on regional and nation boards 1991 to the present including the American Association for State and Local History and the National Council for State Historic Preservation Officers.


Prior to her work with the State of Idaho, Ms. Gallimore served as a consultant to the Confluence Project that is leading the creation of seven artworks by artist Maya Lin in the Pacific Northwest. From 1981-2003, she served as director of cultural resources for the Lake County Forest Preserves, an entrepreneurial government in the north suburbs of Chicago, where she directed the Lake County Discovery Museum, Bonner Heritage Farm, Adlai Stevenson Historic Home and the Greenbelt Cultural Center.


Ms. Gallimore is a member of the Idaho Capitol Commission and the Idaho Chapter of the International Women’s Forum.


In 2018, Ms. Gallimore was awarded the distinction of CEO of Influence by the Idaho Business Review and in 2010, recognized as one of the Women of the Year, also by the Idaho Business Review. One of Gallimore’s big passions is community engagement. She has big-city and nationwide experience helping the museum establishment make history meaningful and applicable to communities and individuals.





Audio Recording


Documents provided at the forum:


Special Thanks to our forum Sponsor: Mariposa Labs


City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, AARP of Idaho and our annual sponsors, including Northwest Nazarene University, and Idaho Humanities Council. This Forum Series is sponsored by the contributions made by Micron, Echelon Group. We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners Boise State University and University of Idaho. Our media partners include Peppershock Media, 670 KBOI, Idaho Statesman, and Boise State Public Radio.



Chair: Greg Hahn
Moderator: Greg Hahn
Underwriters: ATTENTION: Location changed to Boise Centre