General Information

Location of Events:

Pick up Conference Passes and Registration Packet Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 4:00pm-6:30pm at the Red Lion Downtowner and Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 8:00am-9:00am at the Idaho History Center.

The classroom sessions and plenaries are being held in the west wing of the Idaho Statehouse. Meeting room names are designated within each session and plenary description. The evening events will be held in downtown Boise. Addresses are designated within the event description.

Maps for parking and building/meeting room locations can be found here.


General admission is $85 per person. Currently enrolled full-time student admission is $35 per person. A valid student ID is required at pick up.


Name badges are required for entrance to all events. Pre-registration in addition to conference name badges are required for the Field Sessions.


  • The Modern Hotel and the Red Lion Hotel Downtowner are the official hotel sponsors for the Idaho’s Heritage Conference. The hotels will provide conference attendees with special discounted rates. Mention the Idaho’s Heritage Conference when making a reservation.
  • The Modern Hotel, Boise. Conference room rates are $99.00 for a single queen bedded room and $108.00 for a king or double queen bedded room. Must ask for the conference rate, based on availability through the cut-off date of August 25th. Contact: (208) 424-8244.
  • The Red Lion Hotel Downtowner, Boise. Conference room rates are $91.00 for a single king or double bedded room. Must ask for the conference rate, based on availability through the cut-off date of September 5th. Contact: (800) 733-5466 or (208) 344-7691 extension 0.


On Thursday, September 21st, parking is available for Registration/Networking/Book Sales at the Idaho History Center (park here for this first portion of the morning, and then proceed to parking behind the Bishop’s House at 2420 Old Penitentiary Road for the remainder of the day).  Follow directional parking signs. On Friday, September 22nd, parking near the Idaho Statehouse is limited to 1 and 2 hour metered parking.   It is recommended that you park in one of the parking garages or walk from your hotel.  The parking garages offer day rates.  The garages located closest to the Capitol are the Eastman Garage, 848 W. Main Street, and the Capitol Terrace Garage, 805 W. Idaho Street.

Maps for parking can be found here.

Mobility Assistance:

If you have limited mobility and require shuttle service, please make arrangements prior to Friday, September 15th with Dax Chizum ( or Katherine Kirk ( for a pre-scheduled ride to/from any location.

Field Sessions:

The field sessions are an opportunity to travel to historic sites in the area and learn about a variety of different subjects. Some of the field sessions will include bus transportation. Once arriving at the designated sites, short walks will be required. Field sessions will depart from the Old Penitentiary.  Line-up, departure, and return times are shown within each description. Please be on time. Field sessions require pre-registration and a conference name badge, so be sure to sign up for a field session when you register. Box Lunches will be provided to all field session participants.

Sponsor Exhibits:

Visit Sponsors’ Exhibits during the Opening Reception on Thursday, September 21, at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy.

Poster Sessions:

The Heritage Conference is looking to showcase up-and-coming and tenure career professionals in Archaeology, Museums, and Preservation and is requesting submissions for the 2017 Poster Session. The Poster Session is an opportunity to obtain new insights, share projects, as well as network with colleagues from multiple disciplines in an informal setting. The goal of the Heritage Conference Poster Session is to showcase work from across the state!

Posters submitted for consideration must include first name, last name and school/organization name in order to be reviewed. Please have your poster ready to upload in either PDF or JPG format prior to beginning the registration process to submit your poster.

Book Fair:

Rediscovered Books will be selling recently published books about Idaho or by Idahoans during registration at the Idaho History Center on Thursday, September 21, from 8:00am-9:00am.



At the end of the conference, you will be emailed an electronic survey about the conference. Completing it is an important way to share your feedback for future conference events.

Making Connections between people, knowledge and powerful ideas will build our story of Idaho’s diverse heritage and expand our reach together.

Whether you are an historian, archaeologist, teacher, student, community leader, museum professional or volunteer, amateur preservationist or simply a local history buff we invite you to attend Idaho's Heritage Conference.

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