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Author, Conley, presentation May 11 as part of state archaeology month

Several unidentified men during a trip along the Salmon River, circa 1965.

Credit: Free Press archive / Martha Bower collection
Several unidentified men during a trip along the Salmon River, circa 1965.



— Idaho author Cort Conley will present a historic overview of boating on the Salmon River this Friday, May 11, as part of events scheduled for Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month.

Conley’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests office in Grangeville, 104 Airport Road.

Conley has authored and co–authored several books and has 30 years of experience as a western river guide. In his presentation, Conley will talk about some of the people who lived along the shores of the Salmon River between Riggins and Painter Mine and share historic photographs from 1920 through 1940.

Each year in May, the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office organizes and promotes statewide opportunities for the public to learn about Idaho archaeology, history, and historic preservation. This year’s theme is “Story Telling.” The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, in partnership with the Idaho County Historic Preservation Commission, will celebrate this year with two events that are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, May 15, Forest Service archaeologist Robbin Johnston will give a presentation about “Human Resources on the Landscape” at 11:30 a.m. at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests office in Orofino (12730 Highway 12).

While vegetative landscapes change over time, so do the economies of people who occupy them. According to Johnston’s presentation, understanding the connection between people, their economy, and ownership of landscape offers some explanation as to why the historic record for some people abruptly ends.

For information: Cindy Schacher, Forest Service archaeologist, 208-926-6412.



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