Historical Museum Spring Lecture Series


In Johanna Room at the Spirit Center at St. Gertrude’s


We’re trying something new this year — an afternoon lecture series.  It will give guests the opportunity to enjoy our museum and gift shop prior to the lectures and drive home while it is still light. 



March 10, 2021   3:00 PM

Mary Reed presents “Fortitude: The Sisters’ Long Journey to America”

The journey begins with a legend in the 6th Century and ends with the successful founding of a new home at the Monastery of St. Gertrude’s in Cottonwood. During these centuries the Sisters faced the challenges of plagues, fire, poverty, and political upheavals with courage, faith, and fortitude.

Museum Open House follows lecture at 4:00PM



March 17, 2021   4:00 PM

Loren Davis and David Sisson present “The Importance of Cooper’s Ferry Site for Understanding the Early Archaeology of the Americas

Archaeological excavations conducted at the Cooper’s Ferry site in the lower Salmon River canyon of western Idaho produced a long record of repeated human occupation beginning at ~16,000 years ago. This early archaeological record is interpreted to show that people lived in a camp along the Salmon River where they hunted extinct horses, made stone tools, and left behind equipment caches in anticipation of future activities. In this presentation, we will discuss the evidence recovered by the OSU-BLM team and how it informs our understanding of ice age life in western Idaho and beyond.



March 24, 2021   4:00 PM

Amy Canfield presents “The Politics of Protest: How Women Won the Vote.”

The presentation will examine the different methods, tactics, and philosophies women used in their fight for voting rights.


March 31, 2021   4:00 PM

Steve Burns presents “A History of Animals in Idaho and Around the World.”

Idaho is rich in natural history, particularly when it comes to animals. We will explore the history of wild animals in Idaho and their counterparts around the world. We will then turn from the past and look to the future of animals in the wild.