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Orma J. Smith Museum displays exhibit at BAM

The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is partnering with Boise Art Museum to exhibit a collection of artifacts – many of which have never been seen by the public – as part of a new, year-long exhibition at BAM. The exhibit “Origins: Material Objects of Culture” opens Feb. 23 and will run through Jan. 12, 2014 at BAM, located at the entrance of Julia Davis Park in Downtown Boise.

Items chosen for “Origins” include 104 artifacts from the storage collections of the Orma J. Smith Museum, which is located in the basement of Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Pottery, basketry, weapons, textiles and other artifacts will be on exhibit, including items from Africa, North America and Papua New Guinea spanning the time period from pre-European contact through the 20th century. Orma J. Smith Museum Curator of Archaeology Jan Summers Duffy is looking forward to sharing some of the museum’s never-before-seen collections with the Treasure Valley community.

“When the curators from Boise Art Museum came to view and then choose the artifacts for this exhibit, they were awe-struck by the collections we have here,” Duffy said. “We’re looking forward to helping the local community get to know us better and encouraging people to come see us at the C of I after they experience this wonderful exhibit in Boise.”

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History has been part of The College of Idaho campus since 1976 and plays an integral part in student research, internships, community workshops and many other related activities. For more information, visit

Boise Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, and charitable organization. The Museum is nationally accredited by the American Association of Museums. Support is provided by BAM members, contributions and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations, as well as grant funding from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about BAM hours, prices and exhibits, please call (208) 345-8330 or visit

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 seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 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