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Area’s mining history to be discussed at Thursday program

Fall Lecture Series

The first lecture in the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, "Timothy Nolan's Idaho," explores life in the mining communities and supply towns of central Idaho during its territorial period.

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The first lecture in the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, "Timothy Nolan's Idaho," explores life in the mining communities and supply towns of central Idaho during its territorial period.



— The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude announces the 15th Annual Fall Lecture Series. These free events, held on Thursdays during the month of October, provide insights into the history of the region. Lectures begin at 7 p.m., and end at 8:30 p.m., and each event includes a Q&A session with the presenter. Light refreshments are provided.

Lectures are as follows:

•Oct. 1: “Timothy Nolan’s Idaho 1862-1890,” will include scholarly accounts of adventures in and around Lewiston. “Nolan’s Idaho” is a history of life in the mining communities and supply towns of central Idaho during its territorial period. Author Carole Simon Smolinski grew up along the Snake and Clearwater rivers that she loves and writes about. She was educated at the University of Idaho in Moscow and Portland State University in Oregon. She taught history at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. She was actively involved through writing and speaking in the Lewis-Clark Bicentennial, and has written four books.

•Oct. 8: “Bound For the Back Country,” vol.2. Richard Holm, Jr., will discuss his experiences in Idaho’s remote areas, sometimes only accessible by plane on a short landing strip. His first brush with the subject began when he wrote an article about the Army Air Force Douglas B-23 that crashed in January 1943 on the shore of Loon Lake.

•Oct. 15: “Frontier History Along Idaho’s Clearwater River,” will be facilitated by John Bradbury whose interest was sparked in the Clearwater history after writing an article about Idaho’s first courthouse at Pierce City for the state bar magazine. He was born in Orofino and reared in a logging town now known as Pierce. After practicing maritime law for 25 years at Seattle and Anchorage, he retired back to Idaho, where he taught at Lewis-Clark State College as an adjunct professor. He currently serves on the boards of the Clearwater Historical Society and its museum at Orofino and the Northwest Children’s Home at Lewiston.

•Oct. 29: “The Pox, The Flux and Other Maladies,” will bring Steven Branting, a Lewiston resident writer, who has been honored for the depth and variety of his research and field work by many of the nation’s premiere science, geography, history and preservation organizations. In 2011 the Idaho State Historical Society conferred upon him the Esto Perpetua Award. His talk will be concerned with medical ailments that were more prevalent in the past years.

These lectures are made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council. The events are held in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude located at 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood. Contact the Museum at 962-2050.



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