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Events

The DCHS loves to put on events for members and non-members alike!  We are nailing down dates for 2023 so check back often!

We are kicking off 2023 with a World War I event!

Join Us on Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

We are partnering again with The Fort Boise Garrison Living History Association to bring you a very unique opportunity to peek into history.

  • Location:  Hidden Springs Community Barn, 4768 W. Farm Court, Boise, ID 83714

  • Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm

  • Cost:  DCHS Members:  Free!  |  Non-Members:  $10 per person

  • Pre-Registration is required for all who attend.  Space is limited, please click the button to register.

Desserts, coffee and water provided.

2023 Events

Click on the event tile below for details on each of the many events we host throughout the year!  

Click below to see a photo gallery of our events!

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Join us for a dramatic evening of sharing artifacts and literature of World War I as we explore soldier and civilian sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph through letters, poetry, and private collections of uniforms, accouterments, and civilian contributions to the war effort.

Carefully selected dramatic offerings will be performed by authentically costumed living historians who will be available after for questions and comments.

All attending are encourage to bring any photographs of ancestors who participated in the war effort for display.

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Farmstead Open House

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Front Porch Concerts

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History Hikes

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Old Time Farm Day

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Seed Planting Workshop

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Garden Tea Party

Farmstead Open House

Tours are given to the Farmhouse every Saturday from May - September (except holidays).  New for this year, we'll be incorporating unique activities each week.

2022 Schedule - check back often as we'll be adding the 2023 activities!

Saturday, May 7

  • Don Dallas will be demonstrating a working Edison Phonograph!  A great opportunity to see history in action.

 

Saturday, May 14

  • A rare opportunity to hear from the Barn Whisperer himself, Frank Eld.  He is well known for his expertise in Barns across the United States.  He has been the lead on restoring our very own Horse Barn.  

 

Saturday, May 21

  • Fort Boise Garrison will be onsite as a living museum showcasing the Schick Family Picnic.  The Schick family and friends celebrate a Spring picnic, featuring games of the period for adults and children.    

  • Mrs. Schick will be on hand (in costume) providing tours.

  • There will be games for kids and learn how to mine for gold!

Saturday, June 25

  • Fort Boise Garrison - Military Day.  The Army comes to visit as part of a routine patrol out of Ft Boise.  The patrol's mission will be to ensure the safety of the residents of the Dry Creek Valley from Indians, Marauders, and Highwaymen.  The troops were also always looking for the occasional Army deserters trying to make their way to the gold and silver mines.  Expect infantry and cavalry drills and other activities of soldiers in a day in the life on the frontier. The Schick family will interact with the patrol, and she may have something good to eat.  

Saturday, July 30 - This event was postponed due to extreme heat.  Check back for the new date.

  • Fort Boise Garrison - Mining Day.  Gold rush!  Come join the Fort Boise Garrison at the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead on Saturday, July 30 as they demonstrate the equipment of Idaho's gold placer mining in the 1860s and 70s.  Relive the life (and try your luck) of the men and women who helped fuel the growth of Boise, Idaho City, Placerville, Silver City, and other mining towns as the Dry Creek Valley provided the food to help feed them.  The FBG will be onsite from noon to 4:30, and as always, tour the Schick-Ostolasa farm site as well. 

 

Saturday, August 13

  • Fort Boise Garrison - Highlighting a Soldier's Life and a Civilian's Life in the Dry Creek Valley in the 1870s.  The soldiers will conduct living history demonstrations of both drill and camp life, including skirmish and firing demonstrations.  One member will demonstrate and discuss the vital role of civilian Army scouts.  Civilians will demonstrate and discuss life on the farm and interact with the soldiers.

Sunday, September 25

  • Fort Boise Garrison - Old Time Farm Day.  FBG members, both military and civilian, will conduct different activities and explain the history of the Schick Farm from the 1860s to World War 1.  

Every Saturday, May 7 - September 24 :  12:30 - 4:30pm

No cost, however donations are welcome 

Open to the Public

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2023 Calendar of Events

Check back often as activities are being added all the time! 

 

If you have any questions please contact us at:  drycreekhistory@gmail.com

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7

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May

6

13

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June

3

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27

July

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15

22

29

August

5

12

19

26

Sept

2

9

16

 

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Old Time Farm Day 12:00 - 4:00pm

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Seed Planting Workshop time TBA

Annual Garden Tea Party time TBA

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World War I Event

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History Hikes

Have you ever wondered who used to live in the Dry Creek Valley hills, or what it was like here in the “Wild West” days?

 

Your membership in the Dry Creek Historical Society includes private hikes through the Dry Creek Valley hills, across private land and into areas where you can learn about our history. Our current hikes are the Glenn/Masters Homestead, Chukkar Butte & The Frog Ponds, Coyote Mountain Loop, and Upper Dry Creek.  If you miss one, don't worry we have many options available for each hike.  Please see the event schedule to the right.

These hikes are weather dependent.  So keep an eye out on emails should a hike need to be canceled due to inclement weather.

Schedule for 2022

  • Sunday, April 24:  Coyote Mountain

  • Saturday, April 30:  Frog Ponds

  • Sunday, May 8:  Glenn / Masters Homestead

  • Saturday, May 14:  Upper Dry Creek

  • Saturday, May 21:  Coyote Mountain

  • Sunday, May 29:  Frog Ponds

  • Sunday, June 5:  Coyote Mountain

  • Saturday, June 18:  Frog Ponds

  • Sunday, June 26:  Glenn / Masters Homestead

  • Saturday, September 10:  Coyote Mountain

  • Sunday, September 18:  Frog Ponds

  • Saturday, October 1:  Upper Dry Creek

  • Saturday, October 8:  Glenn / Masters Homestead

HIKE LEADERS NEEDED!  If you're a DCHS member and are interested in leading a hike or two please contact us at drycreekhistory@gmail.com

Hikes are in May, June, September and October

Members Only - Members will receive an email with details right before each hike.

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Front Porch Concerts

Come out and enjoy music on the front porch of the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead. We host 3-4 concerts during the spring and fall. There is a variety of music styles so you're sure to find something to your liking.

 

Bring your picnic, blanket, chairs, food and drink of your choice and we'll see you there.  Details will be posted when secured. 

If you would like to play at the Farmhouse please contact us (drycreekhistory@gmail.com).

2022 Schedule Check back for the 2023 dates.

Sunday, May 22, 1:00 - 3:00pm

  • Naomi Psalm

  • "Psalm's creations can be somber, poignant and even reverent, her talents akin to Sarah McLachlan" ~Andrew Crisp BOISE WEEKLY

Sunday, May 29th, 2:00pm

  • Rolling Hills Trio - canceled due to weather

Sunday, June 5th, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Veranda Strings - canceled due to weather

  • Performing everything from Bach to the Beatles and so much more!

Saturday, June 25th, time TBA

  • Durein Pyles & Family

  • Civil War Era Music

Saturday, September 17th, time TBA

  • Darrian Renee - canceled

Sunday, October 2nd, 2:00 - 4:00pm

  • Harry and the Rock-ets

  • Enjoy an afternoon listing to covers of the 60's, 70's and 80's rock/pop songs!

weather permitting

Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family, no charge for members

Open to the Public

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14th Annual:  2023

Old Time Farm Day

We celebrate Idaho’s farming past each fall with a harvest festival like no other! Old Time Farm Day features many children’s activities, demonstrations of 1860s life, live music, great food, lawn games, displays, tours of the Farmstead, and a performance of historical characters from the Farmstead’s history. Visit the chickens and goats!

This will be the final day of the season to tour the Farmhouse.

 

This day of fun for the whole family also helps support the work of the DCHS is maintaining and restoring the historic buildings at the Farmstead.

We made it on the news in 2019!  Check out these links:  pre-event and day of the event. 

 

Tickets can be purchased at the entry.

September 16, 12:00 - 4:00pm

Cost of Admission:  $8 / person; $30 / family; Free - children under 3 years of age

Open to the Public

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Old Time Farm Day

Saturday, April 2023:  time TBA

Cost: $10 per person 

Open to the Public

Seed Planting Workshop on the Farmstead

 

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first Seed Planting Workshop!  And thanks to our board member and gardener extraordinaire Jan McNamara for leading everyone through the journey.

Check back next spring to join us for another workshop.

 

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Seed Planting Workshop

Garden Tea Party

 

On April 23rd we had a delightful tea party at the Hidden Springs Community Barn honoring the history and traditions of the Schick-Ostalasa farmstead.

 

It was a lovely cool spring day so we had the tea in the Community Barn with a fire in the woodstove for warmth and ambience. Delicious food was served including scones, tea sandwiches and sweets. 

 

Many of the guests wore charming hats which added to the festive atmosphere which was also enhanced by live violin music.   A number of reenactors in period costume taught the guests how to play the traditional card game of whist and provided interesting facts about the dress of the period.

 

After a very enjoyable afternoon,  guests said they were already  looking forward to the tea next year.

April 29 2023

Cost: $TBD per person 

There are inclement weather plans, even if it rains the event will take place.

Open to the Public

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