Historical Museum Lecture Series

The St. Gertrude’s Museum Lectures provide insights into the history of our region. They begin in the late afternoon so guests have the opportunity to enjoy our museum and gift shop beforehand and drive home before dark. Light refreshments are provided. The events are held in the Spirit Center’s Johanna Room at the Monastery of St. Gertrude; located at 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, Idaho.

March 14, 3:30 p.m.
A Hells Canyon Story: Wreck of the Imnaha; End of an Enterprise
Presented by Carole Simon-Smolinski

Learn how the 1903 wreck of a company steamboat ultimately terminated a problem-plagued ambitious copper mine venture at the Imnaha/Snake Confluence.

Carole Simon-Smolinski, regional historian and retired educator, has written articles and 6 books on topics ranging from steamboat navigation on the Columbia, Snake and Clearwater rivers to mining and ranching in Hells Canyon; and from early North Central Idaho territorial history to Idaho’s ethnic heritage. Her most recent book, Just Add Water: From Barren Jawbone Flat to Bountiful Clarkston, Washington, 1890-1940, looks at the origins of her hometown of Clarkston in the context of Lewiston and regional development.

March 21, 3:30 p.m.
Quaker Hill, a History of One of Idaho County’s Only Enduring Friends Communities
Presented by Jerry Johnson

The small community of Woodland, tucked into the far northwest corner of Idaho County, also known as Quaker Hill, Woodland Hill and Carrot Ridge, was founded by quiet modest folk of Quaker and United Brethren background who moved from the Kansas-Nebraska border area to Woodland, beginning in 1895. Narratives of covered wagon travel from Kansas to Idaho will be discussed, as well as the difficulties involved in beginning homesteads and building a community.

Jerry Johnson has edited and published several books on the history of Woodland, and his parents and grandparents were all raised in the community. He will have his books at the presentation to purchase.