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Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission, ISU to host 'Adventures in Idaho' symposium

April 26, 2017

POCATELLO – The Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission and the Idaho State University Department of History are hosting a symposium called “Adventures in Idaho,” focusing on the history of Idaho in the 19th and 20th centuries. The event will take place April 29 in the Wood River Room at Pond Student Union Building.

“Historic preservation month is in May,” said Stephanie Christelow, ISU history emerita professor. “This symposium shows there is collaboration and interest in the community and history of Pocatello and its historic preservation.”

The symposium will be a model of public humanities by getting people to engage with one another on topics covering the history and anthropology of Idaho. The keynote speaker will be Darren Parry, a councilmember and vice chairman for the Northwestern Shoshone Nation.

“This event is not just for people who are interested in history. It is for everyone who wants to know more about Pocatello and Idaho,” Christelow said.

Speakers will include ISU professors and lecturers, a trustee for the Idaho State Historical Society, the former chair of the Fort Hall Replica Commission, an attorney and an architect.

More information about the symposium can be found at

A schedule is listed below.

  • 9-9:15 a.m. – Nick Nielson, Welcome
  • 9:15-9:45 a.m. – Kevin Marsh, “Slipping Through the Cracks: the Snake River, Its Aquifer and Idaho’s Water Conflicts”
  • 9:45-10:15 a.m. – Jim Johnston, “The Idaho Test Act of 1885”
  • 10:15-10:45 a.m. – Break with refreshments
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. – Jacquee Alvord, “Voices from Mountain View Cemetery: Spanish American War Veterans”
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Keynote lecture, Darren Parry, “Lessons Learned from the Massacre at Bia Ogi”
  • 12:15-1:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:30-2 p.m. – Nick Nielson, “James Brady and Frank Paradice in Early 20th Century Pocatello”
  • 2-2:30 p.m. – Kristine Hunt, “The Kasiska Family: Architecture and Philanthropy in Southeast Idaho”
  • 2:30-3 p.m. – Break with refreshments
  • 3-3:30 p.m. – Paul Sivitz, “Before it Held Dinosaur Bones: The Idaho State University Museum and Ethnography”
  • 3:30-4 p.m. – Panel Discussion; Paul Sivitz, Moderator, Latecia Herzog and Nick Nielson, discussants “The Future of Historic Preservation in Pocatello: the Brady Chapel”
  • 4 p.m. – Closing remarks