A new series of programs with profiles of the men and women who shaped the history of this region begins at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
Offered free at the library in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho, “Inland Northwest Hall of Fame,” will be presented by regional historian Robert Singletary, Programming and Marketing Director for the museum.
Singletary said each program will provide a snapshot of three to five individuals of note from Idaho, Washington, Montana, and other areas.
The three profiles planned for Feb. 18 will be the explorer and mapmaker David Thompson, Catholic missionary Father Pierre Jean DeSmet, and road engineer and soldier John Mullan.
Singletary said that he hopes the series will be the genesis of a project to collect the personal stories of men and women from the early history of the region through modern times. He said he hopes to involve local residents and historic preservation groups as well as interstate historical organizations to nominate inductees into the Hall of Fame. Ultimately the photos and profiles would be collected for a book or series of books, he said.
A regional author and musician, Singletary has been a college history instructor and has been involved in historical societies in Kootenai County and at the state level. A frequent presenter at the library, he most recently completed a history series leading up to Idaho statehood.
The new series will continue on these dates: March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 27, and Nov. 17. With the exception of the first and last programs, the series is offered on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.