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Idaho Day celebration at the State Capitol

Idaho Day celebration at the State Capitol
Posted at 5:42 AM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 07:42:50-05

BOISE, Idaho — March 4 is the 6th annual Idaho Day celebration at the Idaho State Capitol. The celebration honors the day Idaho was signed into a territory by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

This year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, the theme will be centered around inspiring women who have made history in Idaho. Guest speakers include First Lady Teresa Little; host of Boise State Public Radio’s Idaho Matters, Gemma Gaudette; Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra; Boise State High School Associated Student Body Secretary and Treasurer Kate Roth; and 6th grade National History Day in Idaho students Ali Putz & Elise Frost, from Cynthia Mann Elementary.

The event will also feature special performances of "When Woman Comes to Her Own" and "Here We Have Idaho" by the North Junior High School Choir.

The Idaho Day celebration will run from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho State Capitol. Idaho Day was created on March 4, 2014 when Governor Butch Otter signed HB 378 into law.

The legacy program of the Territorial Sesquicentennial commemorates Idaho’s past, present, and future. 2020 marks the centennial year of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Decades before national suffrage, Idaho became the fourth state in the country to give women the vote. From the earliest days of Idaho's history, women have helped lead the way.

The 2020 program recognizes the roles Idaho women have had in education, especially in relation to the fight for women’s suffrage. This Idaho Day, we honor their legacy and the future their lives inspire.