Barbara Perry Bauer received her B.A. in history from Boise State University in 1985 and her M.A. in Public History from Boise State University in 2000. She has worked for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, and served as director of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise. A founding member of TAG Historical Research & Consulting (a/b/n The Arrowrock Group, Inc.) she has been a principal investigator with the company since 1993. With a special interest in the history of neighborhoods and urban development, she has been the project manager for historic site surveys in Boise, Caldwell and Ada County, and has given public presentations on local and neighborhood history. She has written the text for the Oregon Trail Marker project in Boise, and was the project manager for the development of interpretive exhibits for Boise Depot, the Idaho Black History Museum in Boise, the Pioneer Interpretive Center/Hatch House in Franklin, and the Rock Creek Station Interpretive Center/Stricker Ranch near Hansen.
Barbara Perry Bauer shows how Boise’s Warm Springs Avenue is rich in history and architecture. She will explain how it grew from farms to mansions after the discovery of geothermal heat in 1890 and became known as one of Boise’s finest neighborhoods. She will chronicle the fascinating history of this premier street.
The built environment has changed as much over time as the natural environment. Roads now cover what was once running water, wagon roads, and railroad tracks. Shopping complexes and subdivisions have been built on land once used for farms and dairies. Sometimes the history of a place is hidden under the facade of modern life. Barbara Perry Bauer uncovers the history of once Boise neighborhood using historic images, oral history, maps, and ephemera to show the past and present of South Boise.
Following the Civil War, new technologies created a wave of invention which swept the United States and transformed the life of middle-class Americans. Among the more important developments were the telephone, the phonograph, and the electric light. However, no invention had a greater impact on the American city between the Civil War and World War I than the streetcar. The nation's first streetcars were introduced in the East and were dependent on horse power. In 1880, Thomas Edison experimented with a half-mile-long electrified railroad. In 1887, Frank Julian Sprague, known as, "The Father of Electric Traction", successfully devised and electic streetcar system. The streetcar spread throughout the country and in 1893, only six years after Sprague devised the system, more than 250 electric railway companies had been imcorporated in the United States. Historian Barbara Perry Bauer will discuss the people behind the system, describe its evolution in the Treasure Valley from a Boise streetcar system, to a mordern "Interurban" system that provided valley residents with convenient mass transit. Using historic maps, photographs, and ephemera, she'll describe how the railway system was vital to the development of neighborhoods and communities in Idaho.