series starts Oct. 4
The Historical Museum Fall Lecture Series kicks off on October 4 at 7:00 pm with Esther Barnett Goffinet, author of “Ripples of a Lie.” Ms. Goffinet will relate the story of Eugene Barnett, who homesteaded 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 town.
But Eugene Barnett’s most profound legacy involved a matter of justice. When the American Legion attacked the union hall in Centralia, Washington on November 19, 1919, it was the first time in history the union men fought back, leaving four soldiers dead. Innocent and unarmed, union man Eugene Barnett stood in the window of the hotel next door, a witness who would ultimately tell the truth despite threats to his life. Goffinet wrote, “Barnett lived through a turbulent time in our nation's history. Because of his willingness to sacrifice his life and freedom, every American has been touched by his contributions.”
All of the lectures are free and held in Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood. Each lecture event includes a Q&A session with the presenters. Light refreshments will be provided. For further information on the October lecture series, visit www.HistoricalMuseumAtStGertrude.org or call 208-962-2050.
Museum Schedule Update: The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude will be closed for one day only on Saturday, October 6.
John Barnett and his son, Eugene, work on construction of the original White Bird grade in 1916. This photo is from the book “Ripples of a Lie,” written by Esther Barnett Goffinet who will lecture at the Monastery on October 4.