15th Annual Fall Lecture Series

These events, held on Thursdays during the month of October, provide insights into the history of our region and presentations on topics of interest to the local public. Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. A Q&A session with the presenters follows the lectures. Light refreshments are provided. The events are held in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude located at 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, Idaho.


October 1, 2015 “Timothy Nolan’s Idaho 1862-1890”

miningIncluding scholarly accounts of adventures in and around Lewiston, “Timothy Nolan’s Idaho” is a history of life in the mining communities and supply towns of central Idaho during its territorial period. Author Carole Simon Smolinski grew up along the Snake and Clearwater rivers that she loves and writes about. She was educated at the University of Idaho in Moscow and Portland State University in Oregon. She taught history at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. She was actively involved through writing and speaking in the Lewis-Clark Bicentennial, and has written four books.



October 8, 2015 “Bound For the Back Country” Vol.2

backcountryRichard Holm, Jr. is returning to share more of his experiences in Idaho’s remote areas, sometimes only accessible by plane on a short landing strip. How had he become interested in this topic? His first brush with the subject began when he wrote an article about the Army Air Force Douglas B-23 that crashed in January 1943 on the shore of Loon Lake. Then he became involved in experiencing the back country on foot and as a commercial and private pilot. Now his findings are all bound in books Vol. I & II, and he can relive the journey many times over.


October 15, 2015 “Frontier History Along Idaho’s Clearwater River”


John Bradbury’s interest was sparked in the Clearwater history after writing an article about Idaho’s first courthouse at Pierce City for the state bar magazine. He wrote several articles for the Clearwater Tribune to celebrate the county’s centennial in 2011. With the readers encouragement he decided to write a book to document all his information. John was born in Orofino and reared in a logging town now known as Pierce. After practicing maritime law for twenty-five years at Seattle and Anchorage, he retired back to Idaho, where he taught at Lewis-Clark State College as an adjunct professor. He currently serves on the boards of the Clearwater Historical Society and its museum at Orofino and the Northwest Children’s Home at Lewiston.


October 29, 2015 “The Pox, The Flux and Other Maladies


Part of the medical exhibit at the Historical Museum.

Steven Branting, a Lewiston resident writer, has been honored for the depth and variety of his research and field work by many of the nation’s premiere science, geography, history and preservation organizations. In 2011 the Idaho State Historical Society conferred upon him the Esto Perpetua Award, its highest honor, citing his leadership in “some of the most significant preservation and interpretation projects undertaken in Idaho.” His lecture series talk will be concerned with medical ailments that were more prevalent in the past years. Some are almost non-existant with the discovery of vaccines and modern medical advancements.




IdHumanCouncilSponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council, Vic & Shirley Gehring, and White Rock Consulting. For more information about these events contact the Historical Museum at 208-962-2050 or dgraham@stgertrudes.org