A Tale of Textiles: Exploring the Museum’s Archives

The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) to host free lecture by Dr. Paul Sivitz’s, of the Idaho State University’s (ISU) History Department, “A Tale of Textiles: Exploring the Museum’s Archives.”

Join the IMNH and Dr. Sivitz on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:30pm in the museum’s Discovery Room at 698 E. Dillon St, Pocatello, Idaho on the ISU’s Pocatello campus.

The IMNH holds a rich archive of letters about the operation of the Museum. During the 1960s and 1970s, former Museum director, Earl Swanson, communicated extensively with colleagues throughout the world. Swanson’s correspondence with ethnographer, herpetologist, and filmmaker Borys Malkin reveals the process of acquiring a collection of Polish textiles, as well as Malkin’s unbridled opinions on everything from travel to national governments.

As exemplified by Malkin’s comment on the election of Ronald Reagan as California governor in 1966: “Californians may congratulate themselves for voting in their top officials according to their TV glamor rating!”

Come early to enjoy the newest exhibits Gone Fishin’ and Evolving Idaho.