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Brown Bag Program: Lawyer to relay Nezperce history

— It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch.

The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum is sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions are held each Wednesday, running through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen.

The fourth program is set for today, Sept. 5, and will feature Jinny Cash who will present “Arnold Family History.” Cash is the great-granddaughter of are pioneers Lewis and Margaret Arnold.

Next week, Sept. 12, American Indian James Lawyer will present “Nezperce History.”

According to, at the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Nez Perce territory covered about 17 million acres, covering parts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Although the Nez Perce Indians were known as warriors and were strategic in battle, the Lewis and Clark expedition recorded them as a “helpful tribe that was very peaceful.”

The famous leader of the Nez Perce Nation, Chief Joseph, surrendered to the United States Army after the tribe had fought 13 battles and moved 1,600 miles toward Canada in an attempt to retreat north. The last battle was the Battle of Bear Paw Mountains. It was there that Chief Joseph gave his famous statement “From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.”

Upcoming programs include:

•Sept. 19: 100 Years of Farming History with Don and Charlotte DeArmond

•Sept. 26: Dram, Scotland with Floyd Whitley

•Oct. 3: Back Country Pilots with Bob Black


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