lecture series starts
The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude invites you to attend our 10th Annual Fall Lecture Series. The first lecture will be held on Thursday, September 24 in Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. Herman Ronnenberg will present a talk and PowerPoint presentation entitled “Jeanette Manuel: the Life and Legend of the Belle of Fabulous Florence”. This is the story of a woman in Idaho history who disappeared, along with her 11-month old son at the outbreak of the Nez Perce Conflict of 1877. The book of the same name will be available for purchase and author autographing.
Dr. Ronnenberg is the author of Beer and Brewing in the Inland Northwest”. He has also published The Beer Baron of Boise: the Life of John Lemp, Millionaire Brewer of Frontier Idaho (2008). He has written many articles on brewing in the Inland Northwest and has an extensive collection of “Idaho breweriana” (brewing antiques) at his home that he loves to show to visitors. Ronnenberg has contributed several historic articles that have been printed in the museum’s journal, Echoes of the Past.
After teaching for 38 years, Dr. Ronnenberg retired in 2006. His career spanned nearly every level of teaching from elementary through college. He has degrees from the University of LaVerne, the University of Missouri, and his doctorate from the University of Idaho.
Upcoming events in the lecture series are:
Oct. 1-“Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon”
Greg Nokes retells the tragedy in Hells Canyon in 1887 when over 30 Chinese miners were murdered for their gold. Today, the site has been officially designated Chinese Massacre Cove. Nokes’ book of the same name will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.
Oct. 8-“Windy Stories: Storytelling Traditions from the Salmon River”
Marjorie Bennett has collected stories from storytellers in the Salmon River canyon. She will discuss her work and retell some of those stories. A book signing will follow.
Oct. 15-“Salmon River People”
Cort Conley, Idaho historian and author of Idaho Loners, will discuss the lives of an array of people who have chosen to live and exist along the rugged but beautiful Salmon River.
Oct. 22-“Abraham Lincoln and Idaho”
David Leroy explores the unique relationship between the 16th president and the Idaho Territory. Lincoln created the territory in 1863, appointed friends to govern it, mentioned it in two State of the Union speeches, and considered it on the afternoon he was assassinated.