Brandi Burns, History Programs Manager
Brandi Burns’ mission is to make history alive and real for every person who lives in or visits the City of Boise. To engage the public and foster a love of history, Burns conceives and produces creative live tours and lectures (including the popular Fettuccine Forum), thought-provoking exhibits, virtual tours and educational experiences. Burns oversaw Boise’s designation as an Idaho Heritage City, one that encourages preservation and interpretation of its cultural heritage. In her role as History Programs Manager, Burns preserves and collects historic artifacts and manuscripts, conducts research, and analyzes and presents data—positioning her as resident expert on the city’s history.
“I love it when history solves or answers current-day problems and questions, and when volunteers come together to tell the stories of their community in brilliant and original ways.”
Burns brings expertise in grant writing, program development, oral history, interviewing techniques and storytelling, and is a knowledgeable keeper of the City’s History collections. And when she sees an opportunity to ignite citizen participation, she seizes it. Burns drew 1000+ people in two days with the opportunity to walk Boise’s original 1863 Plat with volunteer tour guides. Residents were fascinated by the chance to view the city through the lens of its early development as part of the city’s Sesquicentennial.
“I believe in the power of history to help someone cultivate a stronger sense of who they are, a feeling of belonging to something larger than themselves, and a sense of place in their community.”
Brandi Burns served on the National Storytelling Network’s Brimstone Award Committee and was a two-time presenter at RootsTech, the largest genealogy conference in the world with 26,000 attendees. She serves as the northwest’s regional Chair for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), and holds a Masters of Applied Historical Research from Boise State, and a B.A. in History from Idaho State University.