Historic Arms and Military Memorabilia
The Old Idaho Penitentiary Historical Site houses an historic arms and military memorabilia collection which is one of the nation's largest!
For over sixty years,the late J. Curtis Earl, a part-time Boise resident, accumulated artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age, possibly as late as 3300 years before Christ!
The most meaningful exhibits for me were the ancient arms dating all the way back to the Bronze Age, ancient Turkish and Indian arms, and medieval arms.
As is true in any museum when one is viewing artifacts dating thousands of years before Christ, it is a humbling experience. It brings to mind the question of how these artifacts could still be preserved! One thing is for sure. They are definitely treasures and should be treated with care and respect for our ancient predecessors!