PRESS RELEASE — Friday, February 21, 2013
For Information Call Anne Peterson at 208-373-7368
or Bob Evancho at 373-7369
FROM CAPITAL TO CAPITOL, a recently completed 12-minute special on why the territorial capital was moved from Lewiston to Boise, premieres statewide on Idaho Public Television's Plus Channel, Monday, February 24, at 9:00/8:00 p.m. MT/PT.
The IdahoPTV-produced video is immediately followed by the 42-minute CAPITOL OF LIGHT program, which details the construction and renovation/remodel of Idaho's state capitol, the latter of which was completed in early 2010. Together, these two videos shed light on a little-understood aspect of the state’s history.
FROM CAPITAL TO CAPITOL explores the interplay between Idaho Territory and the eventual creation of the state of Idaho. The impetus for the video was the construction in Lewiston of a replica of Idaho's first territorial Capitol, which housed the first and second territorial legislative sessions. The small building, constructed by volunteer labor, was dedicated in Lewiston in July of 2013.
Historians Keith Petersen and Carole Simon-Smolinski help shed light on the conflict that erupted when Boise replaced Lewiston as Idaho's seat of government, and how decisions made 150 years ago still impact the present. Idaho's Capitol Commission provided funding for the program.