BOISE — The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is partnering with Boise Art Museum (BAM) to exhibit a collection of artifacts — many of which have never been seen by the public — as part of a new, year-long exhibition at BAM. The exhibit “Origins: Material Objects of Culture” runs through Jan. 12, 2014.

Items chosen for “Origins” include 104 artifacts from the storage collections of the Orma J. Smith Museum, which is located in the basement of Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Pottery, basketry, weapons, textiles and other artifacts will be on exhibit, and include items from Africa, North America and Papua, New Guinea spanning the time period from pre-European contact through the 20th century.

Orma J. Smith Museum Curator of Archaeology Jan Summers Duffy, had this to say: “When curators from Boise Art Museum came to view and then choose the artifacts for this exhibit, they were awestruck by the collections we have here. We’re looking forward to helping the local community get to know us better and encourage people to come see us at the C of I after they experience this wonderful exhibit in Boise.”

The Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History has been part of The College of Idaho campus since 1976 and plays an integral part in student research, internships, community workshops and many other related activities. For more information, visit

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