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James Castle House Staff


The James Castle House is managed and staffed by the Boise City Department of Arts & History Cultural Sites program.

This program reflects Boise’s dedication to saving, reinventing, and promoting historic properties unique to Boise’s history. Valuable historic buildings are saved and re-purposed, creating meaningful new opportunities for the community to collaborate and engage in physical spaces that are literally irreplaceable.

Boise City Department of Arts & History
Cultural Sites Program Manager

Kristen Hill (she/her) is responsible for managing the City of Boise's cultural sites portfolio, which includes the James Castle House and the Erma Hayman House, and oversees museum administration. She works closely with stakeholders and other institutions to ensure proper legacy management and facility operations.

Her experience working as an artist, artist’s assistant, gallery assistant, and exhibition producer informs her multifaceted approach to bringing arts and audiences together to create meaningful experiences.


Boise City Department of Arts & History
Cultural Sites Program Coordinator

Boise City Department of Arts & History
Cultural Sites Assistant

Samuel Paden (they/them) is a two-spirit citizen of the Cherokee Nation and brings with them diverse cross-cultural heritages, and experiences growing up and working overseas.  

They have served locally on a volunteer basis with several arts organizations, including Surel's Place and Boise Open Studios (BOSCO). They have worked as a mixed media artist for over two decades.

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