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Brown Bag 2016: Author to present thoughts of 1860s miner from recent book

UPDATE, Aug. 12 - The Aug. 17 presentation by Floyd Whitley has been cancelled.

After taking 2015 to deal with a leaky pipe repair, the Bicentennial Historical Museum is back on track to offer Brown Bag Sessions.

Sessions will be held Wednesdays at the museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these no-cost historical presentations and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch.

The first Brown Bag presentation will take place Wednesday, Aug. 10, and will feature presenter Carole Simon-Smolinski with her book, “Timothy Nolan’s Idaho.”

The book is factual, written as a reminiscence by a man who first arrived in Lewiston, Washington Territory, in 1862, who tried his hand as a miner in the Pierce City District. He then moved to Lewiston and lived out his life there. On the eve of Idaho Statehood in 1890, he writes his thoughts, looking back over all that has happened throughout his life.

Additional Brown Bag programs are as follows:

•Aug. 17: The Dot, the Charm and a Rebel by Floyd Whitley of Cottonwood.

•Aug. 24: Mrs. Earl Barkwelle’s Diary by Myrna Crane of Grangeville

•Aug. 31, H.J. Talbot of Florence with research by Pam Northcutt and presentation by Clyde Hanson

•Sept. 7: Interesting Past Cases by Lt. Jerry Johnson

•Sept. 14: Frontier History Along Idaho’s Clearwater River by former Idaho County Judge John Bradbury

•Sept. 21: Idaho Aviation History by Mark Gravatt of Grangeville

•Sept. 28: Hells Canyon and the Homesteading Years by Patricia Keith of Lewiston

All programs are sponsored by the Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum. Donations are accepted to help offset costs of opening the basement meeting room.


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