Museum Events

Here is our calendar followed by a chronological listing of all Events concerning the OJSMNH

EVENT LIST

November 1, 2014.  Museum Volunteer Workday

The Museum is open to the public from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Admission is free.  The public is invited to view the Museum or to participate in Museum projects.  The Museum supplies water and coffee.  A brief seminar, usually relating to natural history, is presented during the lunch hour.  Contact Bill Clark, 208-375-8605, clarkfam1@mindspring.com or Dave Ward, 208-888-6008, dward2020@gmail.com, if you would like to volunteer or need more information.  

This month Dr. Eric Yensen, OJSMNH Curator of Mammals– “Does the Threatened northern Idaho ground squirrels compete with cattle for forage?”  Seminar is free and open to the public.  Seminar will be in one of the lecture rooms on the first floor of Boone Hall.  Enter through the west end (basement) door of Boone through the Museum.  For security, the Museum will close from 12-1:15PM so please show up before 12:00.

October 10, 2014, 7-9 pm.  Night at the Museum -ORMA J. SMITH MUSEUM, BOONE HALL

Fifth Annual Museum Recognition Event and Distinguished Guest Lecture.  

  • Presentation of 2014 Award to Outstanding Museum Volunteer and 2014 Legacy Award
  • Presentation of a special Distinguished Guest Lecture, from Dr. Barbara Ertter, "People, Plants, Politics:  The Flowering of Natural History Institutions in California."
     

August 2, 2014.  Museum Workday

Lecture by Dr. Patrick Fields entitled, "An Introduction to the Fossil Flora from Paddock Valley, Washington County, Idaho."

July 2014.  CUNEIFORM DIGITAL PROJECT - A FAR REACHING INITIATIVE

In July 2014 UCLA researcher Michael Heinle visited the Archives and OJSMNH to meet with Jan Summers Duffy to scan and discuss the Cuneiform Tablets held at The College of Iidaho.  These are very rare important tablets with inscriptions on them and were originally donated to the Museum from the well known site of Ur in Mesopotamia.   Kept in the Archives, these tablets were recently scanned and will be researched.   Most are receipts, tallys and accounts of livestock, sheep, etc. Some are building dedications and only deciphered by experts!  The UCLA Cuneiform Digitial Initiative travels to record and study the tablets.  Excavation no.PeriodEarly Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1900 BC)Dates referencedSin-kashid.00.00.00  This project is now working with the University of Oxford in England;

May 2014.  Idaho Archaeology Month.

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History will have Open House with Archaeology Exhibits, hands on table of artifacts, tours, talks and a noon lecture on "The 5 Myths of Petroglyphs" by W. Nance.

FEBRUARY 2013

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is partnering with Boise Art Museum to exhibit a collection of artifacts: “Origins: Material Objects of Culture”.

APRIL 12, 2012 - IDAHO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY - JOINT CHAPTERS MEETING

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History will host a joint meeting of two IAS chapters (Idaho Archaeology Society) on April 12, 2012- The Great Basin Chapter and the Intermountain Chapter joint presentation. 7pm in Boone Hall- Jerry Eichhorst, President and Webmaster of the Idaho Chapter, Oregon-California Trails Association (www.IdahoOCTA.org), will give a presentation on the history and rediscovery of the North Alternate Oregon Trail. Emigrant diary quotes will be used to describe the struggle for the pioneers. Intended as an alternative to the main Oregon Trail, this route became the deadliest stretch of trail in Idaho.

april 14, 2012 - NATIONAL HISTORY DAY AT THE COLLEGE OF IDAHO JUDGING - MUSEUM OPEN

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY IN IDAHO is an exciting way to engage students in history.  The program pulls students out of the classroom and into the world of the professional historian.  Students track down information about historic people and events by exploring archives, libraries, and other resources.  This research leads to new insights and original conclusions that students share in exhibits, documentaries, websites, and performances.  This Year’s Theme for National History Day 2012 is "Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History .

MAY 5, 2012  ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH IN IDAHO

The Museum monthly meeting will include a talk by Jan Summers Duffy and David Valentine on Owyhee quarry tools, along with the usual monthly workday events. The Museum will be open for visitors, volunteers, and guest to visit the Museum from 9 AM - 3 PM.