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Museum to present Idaho mining program

COTTONWOOD — This Thursday, Oct. 30, historian Tom Blanchard will present, “Mining in Idaho: Today and Yesterday.” The lecture is the final event of the 15th annual Fall Lecture Series presented by the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude.

By the 1870s, Idaho Territory had seen several major gold rushes yet its growth was not sufficient to justify statehood. This changed by 1880 when discoveries of gold in the Yankee Fork area and lead-silver in the Wood River Valley and the Coeur d’Alene’s attracted thousands of miners. The impact of both political and environmental decisions of that early period remains with us today.

Tom Blanchard received his graduate training in history with an emphasis on U.S. and Western History at San Francisco State University.

This presentation is free and takes place at 7 p.m. in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude located at 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood. The Historical Lecture Series is made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council, Vic and Shirley Gehring, and White Rock Consulting. For information call 962-2050 or e-mail


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