2455 Old Penitentiary Road

Boise, ID 83712 (Next to the Old Pen)

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Museum reopens March 17th. Open Fridays and Saturdays, 12-5pm.

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Remembering the Sunshine Mine Disaster 1972-2022

May 1, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Troy Lambert tells the story of the 1972 Sunshine Mine disaster with photos and personal stories.

In 1972, fifty years ago, a fire broke out underground at the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg, Idaho. 91 men died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Two men survived after having been entombed more than a mile deep for 8 days. The lecture is about the disaster and circumstances of the fire as well as the effect it had on the town and the entire Silver Valley.

Lecturer: Troy Lambert is a freelance writer, author, historian and editor who worked as the Museum Operations Specialist for the Wallace District Mining Museum for five years. He still occasionally works as a consultant for museums and non-profits, and loves the rich history of the state we live in. Troy is on the Advisory Council at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology.

“The Deep Dark” by Gregg Olsen will be on sale in the museum Gift Shop for folks who wish more detail on the disaster.

Masks are required, as is pre-registration.  Click here for tickets.  Come a half hour early and browse the museum and exhibits or stay after for the same. Free.

***We are seeking contact info for survivors Tom Wilkerson and Ron Flory and their families, and others with direct experience with the Sunshine Mine around 1972.

Please contact operation@idahomuseum.org if you have information or questions. Or call 208-283-3186 and leave a number for a return call.


May 1, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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