Lecture Series starts Oct. 4
The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude announces the 13th Annual Fall Lecture Series. These events, held on Thursdays during the month of October, provide insights into the history of our region. Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. and include a Q&A session with the presenters. Light refreshments are provided. All lectures are FREE.
October 4, 2012: “Esther Barnett Goffinet: Ripples of a Lie”: Ms. Goffinet relates the story of Eugene Barnett's odyssey from North Carolina to Centralia, Washington in the early years of the 20th Century. Significant stops along the journey included a homestead on the Salmon River Breaks above Joseph Plain. Mr. Barnett worked on building the original White Bird Grade. The Barnett family subsequently moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where Eugene worked on the Spiral Highway north of the town.
October 11, 2012: “Vernon and Roxie Himes: Idaho Mountains -- Our Home: Life in Idaho's Back Country”: The Himes share their memories of Lafe and Emma Cox (Roxie's parents) who were true pioneers in Idaho's backcountry. Lafe and Emma built up the Cox Dude Ranch near Yellow Pine.
October 18, 2012: “Dr. David Adler: Presidential Greatness”: This lecture is an exploration of the often-conflicting expectations that Americans have of their presidents. For example, we often demand strong, popular leadership, yet we have a deep suspicion of centralization and abuse of power. We want a president who reflects and follows the will of the people, but we also want one who boldly leads and shapes public opinion. This program explores the question of what constitutes greatness and distinguishes great presidents like Washington, Lincoln, and FDR, from less highly regarded executives like Coolidge, Hoover and Carter.
October 25, 2012: “Kathy Deinhart Hill: Spirits of the Salmon River”: The wild and rugged Salmon River Canyon has been home to a variety of people, from outlaws to miners, trappers to homesteaders. For some, the Salmon River truly became the "River of No Return," as they died and were buried along its edge. In her presentation, Kathy Deinhart Hill relates the stories of thirty-five of those whose marked gravesites can be found along the river from North Fork to White Bird. She describes the details of their lives, including what drew them to the Salmon River, what made them stay, and what caused their deaths in the rugged Idaho Wilderness. In addition to the biographical vignettes of each individual, the slide presentation also features the unique grave markers that can be found along the river.
The October 18 and 25 lectures are made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council. The lectures are held in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude located at 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, Idaho. (One exception: Ms. Hill's lecture on October 25 will be held in the Gertrude Room.) For further information on the Lecture Series, contact the Museum at 208-962-2050.