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Amy Pence-Brown

Amy Pence-BrownAmy Pence-Brown is a radical homemaker, writer, and art and architectural historian in Boise, Idaho.  She is a native Idahoan who received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Idaho, and her master's in art history from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Pence-Brown writes for the Boise Weekly newspaper, Treasure Valley Family magazine, and her blog Doin’ It All, Idaho Style. She serves on the History Committee and as a Historic Preservation Commissioner for the City of Boise. Additionally, she is a member of Preservation Idaho, where she is chair of a group working to preserve Idaho’s mid-century structures. She loves tator tots, Elvis, the smell of campfires, and polka dots.

For Preservation Idaho’s blog, Amy plans to write about Idaho's mid-century modern gems, the intersection of architecture and popular culture, and ideas on how people interact with space—be it landscape or the built environment.

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Amy's Blog

July 10, 2011
As much as I love architecture, I also love Americana tchotchkes, especially those featuring American architecture.  The mid part of the twentieth century was perhaps the height of collectible memorabilia, as the automobile made tourism and travel popular and easy. Hitting the road was a favorite American pastime, and all along the way roadside stands offered tourists different knick-knacks to remember their travels by, from coffee mugs to refrigerator magnets. A particular favorite was the souvenir plate.
March 20, 2011
This year the Boise City Department of Arts & History and TrICA have teamed up with the Boise Public Library to bring this great, free series to Treasure Valley kids called [re]art: art as your child may not have imagined. From breakdancing to culinary creations and Jewish traditions to old timey radio, the goal is to introduce children to artforms outside of the box therefore expanding their creative thinking. Last Sunday I took my daughters to Folly, Form & Function in Architecture, a re[art] program dedicated to learning about architectural design and getting kids thinking about the structures in their everyday lives.
February 15, 2011
So, here I am, writing my first blog post for Preservation Idaho in true 'Amy' fashion.  It's 8pm on a Tuesday night and I've already got my 'jamas on.  I'm cuddled on my couch with a Pillow Pet tucked underneath one arm, my first-grader's spelling papers scattered around me amidst broken pretzel bits and half drunk bottles (of MILK, mind you).  I've got some stale pink Dubble Bubble in my mouth and dinner's dirty dishes still in the sink, but I'm content and coming off my post GLEE high.  I'm writing this on my husband's work laptop because our terrible toddler dropped my new-ish laptop one to many times on it's head and it's screen is now turquoise and it's 'Z' key is missing.  My slightly messy and cluttered world is enhanced by my stellar hubbie and two daughters, Lucy and Alice.  I'm a radical homemaker, a writer, and a preservationist.  Here's how I got here.