Idaho’s Albion School, Rapid Growth Examined in New Documentaries


  • ‘Albion Normal: A Teachers College’ airs Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 p.m.
  • ‘State of Change’ airs Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.


(Dec. 3, 2019) — DecemberFest 2019, Idaho Public Television’s year-end on-air fundraising campaign, will feature a new Idaho Experience documentary on the history of Albion State Normal School and an hourlong Outdoor Idaho film that explores recent changes in the state that are affecting Idaho’s communities, public lands and wildlife.

‘Albion Normal: A Teachers College’ on ‘Idaho Experience’

When Idaho first became a state in 1890, state leaders recognized the need for teachers — lots of teachers. But it wasn’t easy to convince a qualified teacher to move to the small pioneering communities found in early Idaho. So lawmakers opened Albion State Normal School, a college for teachers. But not everyone felt Albion was the right place for a state-funded school. Thus began a 56-year battle to save the school from closure. Along the way, the college provided more than 6,000 teachers and lives on in spirit at the old campus that still exists today.

Albion Normal: A Teachers College on Idaho Experience (Dec. 8 at 5:30 PM) looks at the role Albion Normal School had on the state and how training future teachers has evolved over the years.

‘State of Change’ on ‘Outdoor Idaho’

It seems like only yesterday Idaho was the forgotten state, the one routinely confused with Iowa. But no longer. Today it seems that the state with more cattle than people is on everyone’s radar screen.

The changes in Idaho have been astounding, affecting just about everything, from cities and towns to public lands and wildlife. Yet throughout Idaho’s seven degrees of latitude, there’s a real sense of unease. Ask people who have lived here for 30 years. To them it feels like a no-turning-back kind of change.  

“It’s certainly the most complicated and far-reaching show we’ve ever attempted, by turns thought-provoking, disquieting and optimistic,” says executive producer Bruce Reichert.

The Outdoor Idaho crew examines some of those changes — as well as some reasons for optimism — in the nation’s 43rd state ... a State of Change (Dec. 8 at 7 PM).


DecemberFest (Dec. 6-8) is Idaho Public Television’s three-day year-end fundraising campaign. Approximately 74 percent of IdahoPTV’s operating budget comes from private contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and through initiatives such as DecemberFest.Viewers can pledge their support during DecemberFest by phone at (800) 980-4788 or online at


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