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Brown Bag: Fellowes Medals to be focus of talk

Contributed photo / Floyd Whitley
The original Fellowes Medal set that were partially ruined by bombing are pictured here. A new set is also on display at the Bicentennial Historical Museum.


Contributed photo / Floyd Whitley The original Fellowes Medal set that were partially ruined by bombing are pictured here. A new set is also on display at the Bicentennial Historical Museum.



— Grab a lunch and head on over to the Bicentennial Historical Museum. It’s time for the annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series.

For the next eight weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

The sessions are free and open to the public, set for noon to 1 p.m., each Wednesday, in the basement of the museum, 305 North College Street, Grangeville.

The first presentation will be Aug. 9, when Cottonwood’s Floyd Whitley will present “Thomas Fellowes Medals Group and their Historical Context.”

The Idaho County Historical Society purchased the medal set, which is housed at the museum in a display area, alongside items on the Tuscania and its sinking during WW I. Many Idaho County men were on the Tuscania.

“There is so much history behind the medals that’s important and interesting as well,” explained Whitley. “I will go over as much as possible, but there is no way to give the entire medal information in one hour.”

Whitley’s presentation will include a PowerPoint with photos and the actual medals will also be on display. The medal set includes a Nazi German humanitarian award issued during the reign of Adolf Hitler.

“I know that is upsetting to some people, but I think if they understand the history around it and put it in context, and know the medal set is important as a whole, they will see the significance of having it,” he explained.

Upcoming programs include the following:

•Aug. 16: Good Neighbors: Legacy of American Chinese by Patricia Keith

•Aug. 23: Scattered Idaho County Graves by Max Pelham

•Aug. 30: Turn of the Century Homes in Grangeville by Annelle Urbahn

•Sept. 6: 31 Years on the Upper North Fork of the Clearwater River by Tom Keller

•Sept. 13: Nature by Janis and Roger Inghram

•Sept. 20: Tough Enough: 25 Years in Hells Canyon by Virginia Woods Meyer

•Sept. 27: Kirkwood by Erin Duden



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