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Brown Bag 2014: Whitley to speak on Vineyard’s confederacy

GRANGEVILLE — It’s that time of year for area residents to plan their Wednesdays to include the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s Brown Bag Program.

Each session is set at the museum’s basement meeting room, 305 N. College, Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. Bring a lunch and listen and take part in historical presentations.

Today, Aug. 20, John Sangster will present information from his book, “Salmon River Fires.”

Next Wednesday, Aug. 27, Floyd Whitley of Cottonwood will present the program “Lycurgus Vineyard: His Confederate Services to Idaho.”

Idaho County Judge Lycurgus Vineyard’s life encompassed the formation and transformation of both the State of Idaho and modern America, explained Whitley.

“As a youth, he fought through the Civil War. As a young man, he developed case law in Oregon and Idaho Territory, and signed the 1889 Idaho Constitution as a drafting delegate,” Whitley said. “As an elderly man, he presided over important local Idaho County cases. And when he passed away in 1919, a new modern America was rising.”

As a lineal descendant of Confederate and Union veterans, Whitley said his interest is in cataloging the forgotten contributions of Confederate Americans in the development of Idaho.

Brown Bag programs are sponsored by the Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum. They are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Upcoming sessions include the following:

•Sept. 3: Homesteads of McComas Meadows by Eldene Wasem

•Sept. 10: An 80-Year-Old Looks at Local Sports History with Dick Riggs of Lewiston

•Sept. 17: White Bird and the Indian Wars with Gregg McNeely of Lewiston

•Sept. 24: Victorian Era Flow Blue, 1840-1910 with Dick Southern of Craigmont


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