It's a great week to be a writer or reader of history. If you often find yourself writing, researching, or even just wondering about life in earlier eras, check out these literary blasts from the past:
Paul Lindholdt, author of In Earshot of Water, will visit the East Bonner County Library in Sandpoint on Saturday, June 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Local history buffs especially will be intrigued by In Earshot of Water, which interweaves passages from the journals of Lewis and Clark, the log of Captain James Cook, the novelized memoir of Theodore Winthrop, and Bureau of Reclamation records to tell ecological and personal histories of the region.
Also on Saturday, local author V. Edward Bates will present his book In Search of Spirit: A Sioux Family Memoir at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane at 12:30 p.m., following the unveiling of a painting by internationally acclaimed artist Marianne Gendron. The painting depicts a young Native American woman in traditional dress who is V. Edward Bates' mother.
On Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at Auntie's in Spokane, John C. Jackson, author of five books on the history of the Pacific Northwest, will present his latest, By Honor and Right, which describes the life of Captain John C. McClallen, who came to the Northwest after the Lewis and Clark Expedition and was instrumental in keeping the British from claiming territory below the 49th parallel.
Another event of interest to history buffs will take place at on June 22 at Aunties Bookstore in Spokane. A presentation on the late Barbara Cochran's book, Seven Frontier Women and the Founding of Spokane Falls, will highlight the stores of "founding mothers" Carrie Adell Strahorn, physician Mary Latham, Anna Browne, Susan Glover, Jennie Cannon, Alice Ide Houghton, and Clara Gray.
So if the travails of modern life have been getting to you lately, take a dip into these historical waters. You'll get a nice little vacation from the 21st century, and who knows? You might gain a new appreciation of current technology, modern medicine, and indoor plumbing.