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Whittenberger Planetarium hosts storyteller Jim Cogan

The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium and Caldwell Fine Arts are bringing storyteller Jim Cogan back to Caldwell. Cogan will be hosted as the town’s “Storyteller in Residence” by Caldwell Fine Arts March 12-16. He will share stories with schools and other community groups during the days in addition to hour-long presentations beginning at 7 p.m. March 12 and 14 at the planetarium, located inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (208) 459-5211. For more information, visit

Cogan began his storytelling as a history teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Caldwell in the late 1970s. He now resides in Diamond Bar, Calif., and he works as an acclaimed family programmer, entertainer and educator nationwide. During his shows at Whittenberger Planetarium, Cogan will join forces with planetarium director Amy Truksa to teach audiences the constellations as well as mythological tales from around the world. While these programs are designed for families, it is requested that children in attendance be at least 4 years old.

Funding for Cogan’s week in Caldwell was provided in part by the Whittenberger Foundation, the Walter & Leona Dufresne Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation, US Bancorp Foundation, the Arts Powered Learning Grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, local schools and individual contributors to Caldwell Fine Arts.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit