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Brown Bag: Urbahn to present program on area homes

— The fourth week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history.

For the next five 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 third presentation is set for today, Wednesday, Aug. 23, when Grangeville’s Max Pelham will present “Scattered Idaho County Graves.”

Next Wednesday, Annelle Urbahn will present “Turn of the Century Homes in Grangeville.”

Urbahn will go off a new version of a 1990s brochure that explains the history of 15 homes in town. The brochure also lists a variety of homes not pictured on the pamphlet.

“The museum sponsored the brochure printing,” Urbahn said.

One home on the list is The Meadow House, 306 South Meadow Street. This was built in 1905 for Mr. Steinheiser. His widow sold the home three years later to Dr. J.L. Rains. Dr. Rains was a survivor of the 1879 Sheepeater (Shoshone and Bannock) Indian War.

Another home is the Parker House at 212 S. Hall Street and was built in 1890 for the Aaron Parker family. Parker was the original founder and publisher of the Idaho County Free Press. The Parkers were a civic and socially prominent family.

Upcoming programs include the following:

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

•Sept. 13: Nature by Janice 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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