Lecture Series Change
Due to an unexpected emergency, the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude’s fall lectures scheduled for Thursday, October 2 and October 9 have been reversed.
On October 2, Carole Simon-Smolinski of Lewiston will present a discussion entitled “Steaming on the River”, a history of steamboats on the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. The presentation will include historical photos from the steamboat era.
Ms. Simon-Smolinski has recently published a significant book entitled “Hells Canyon & the Middle Snake River: A Story of the Land and Its People”. Just as Sister Alfreda Elsensohn’s two-volume work, Pioneer Days in Idaho County, is still considered the authoritative history of the Idaho County, Ms. Simon-Smolinski’s volume promises to be the authoritative history of Hells Canyon for years to come. The author will sell and sign copies of the book following her lecture.
On October 9, Sister Janet Bernard will give a talk entitled “100 Years ‘at Home’ in Idaho”. The presentation will tell the history in Idaho of the sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude. The sisters officially moved from Colton, Washington to Cottonwood, Idaho in 1909. From August, 2008 to August, 2009, the sisters are celebrating 100 years in Idaho. During that time they established a hospital in Cottonwood and in southern Idaho, operated St. Gertrude’s Academy for many years, served as teachers and nurses in several communities in the Northwest, and maintained their commitment to their God. Today they continue to serve the citizens of the Northwest in a number of capacities.
The free lectures are held in Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Refreshments are served.