Monday, May 13, 2013

Lecture Examines Lincoln, Idaho Territory

'Road to Statehood' Series Continues at Library Through June 27

The role of the 16th president in the creation of the Idaho Territory in 1863 – in the midst of the American Civil War – is examined in a lecture Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The program, in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave, is part of a lecture series marking the 150th anniversary of the territory, “The Road to Statehood,” continuing through June 27.
The series is offered in conjunction with the featured exhibit at the Museum of North Idaho, 115 Northwest Blvd., “Shaping the Handle: Idaho Territory 1863-1890.” The museum is open through Oct. 31.
Speaker David Leroy is chairman of the Idaho Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and chairman of the Governor's Council of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. A former prosecutor, attorney general, and lieutenant governor, Leroy has been lecturing on Lincoln since 1976.
He is the author of many articles and a book on the 16th president, and has a collection of historic artifacts relating to Lincoln's life which he uses to enhance his talks. His interpretations and comments tell of the unknown, the unusual and the “real animal” as Lincoln called himself.
All of the free library programs in this lecture series begin at 7 p.m. and include:
Wednesday, June 12: “Mining in Idaho, Today and Yesterday,” Tom Blanchard, College of Southern Idaho history instructor.
Thursday, June 27: “Idaho Migration and Settlement,” Dr. Ron Hatzenbuehler, Idaho State University.
The series is funded through a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. The participation of scholars Leroy, Blanchard, and Hatzenbuehler is made possible by funding from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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