GRANGEVILLE -- The Grangeville Centennial Library and FoCL (Friends of the Centennial Library) successfully applied for a grant from Idaho State Historical Society to develop a reference section in the library dedicated to non-fiction books on the local area with emphasis on those written by local authors.

Many families have self-published stories and pictures of their families pioneering the area. Some local authors only had small batches of their work printed which are now difficult to find.

“We are looking for those books,” said volunteer Cindy Lane who is heading up the project. “We are searching for books like Yesteryear by Gertrude Maxwell and Major Fenn’s Country by Neal Parcell, Peaceful Valley by Virginia Woods Meyer, to name a few.”

Through the grant they have already obtained a number of small books/manuscripts on the histories of local communities from Dana Lohrey and are fortunate to already have Sister Alfreda Elsensohn’s Pioneer Days in Idaho County Vol 1&2.

“Local history is a broad area,” confirmed Lane. “We are looking at the Prairie to Lewiston, the rivers and tributaries: Salmon, Selway, Lochsa, Clearwater, and communities in that surrounding area.”

Anyone who would like to donate books on local history by local authors could drop them off at the Grangeville library earmarked as “Local History” so they don’t get confused with other donated books.

“We have some monies available to purchase some books as well,” stated Lane. The grant ends in May 2019. For questions, book suggestions, or books for this project, Cindy Lane can be contacted at 208-983-3875 or leave a message at the Grangeville Library (208-983-0951).

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