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This spotlighted Smithsonian Affiliate represents the strong partnerships the Smithsonian continues to build across the country through Affiliations.

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The Idaho Museum of Natural History (Pocatello, Idaho)

An Affiliate since 2000, the The Idaho Museum of Natural History is Idaho's official state museum of natural history. Its collections include over 500,000 natural and cultural objects. It was founded in 1934 at the Southern Branch of the University of Idaho (now Idaho State University) by a group of professors in order to preserve and display the region's natural and cultural heritage.

The museum has worked with the National Museum of Natural History on a number of projects. The most recent being a project to scan every bone from animals and birds harvested by northern people as a 2D and 3D image. The museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2012 so that it could collaborate with the Smithsonian to bring its collections and traveling exhibits to the residents of Idaho and Intermountain West. The museum recently collaborated with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service to bring Native Words, Native Warriors to the museum. The exhibition features the stories of the American Indian code talkers who served in the U.S. military during World War I and II.

"We chose the exhibit Native Words, Native Warriors because it allows us to fulfill our mission of actively nurturing an understanding of and delight in Idaho's natural and cultural heritage," stated Curt J. Schmitz, Registrar. "This exhibit also allows us to explore and share some of the experiences that some of our local Shoshone-Bannock Native American veterans from the Fort Hall Indian Reservation had during their military service." The exhibition is on view through September 29, 2013.

Photos courtesy Idaho Museum of Natural History.

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