with Tom Blanchard.
Explore the history of Idaho mining through the lens of a local Idaho poet and author.
Thursday, February 25: Virtual class
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm MT
via Zoom; join from anywhere you have an internet connection!
Cost: FREE with suggested $5.00 donation. [Thank you for supporting the MAHC.]
William “Bill” Studebaker grew up in the backcountry of Lemhi County listening to the sounds of the mountains and the men who mined those veins. Starting with a short presentation on the role mining has played in shaping Idaho, we will explore the language and history of mining through Bill’s poems.
In addition to being a prolific writer, poet, and whitewater kayaker during his life, Bill also started the Outdoor Program at the College of Southern Idaho, served on the board of the Idaho Writers’ Connection, was a commissioner for the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and was a councilor for the Idaho Humanities Council—which awarded him the Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities award in 2005.
Tom Blanchard received his graduate training in history with an emphasis on U.S. and Western history at San Francisco State University. Moving to Idaho in 1977, Blanchard focused on Idaho history, doing projects and research in Idaho for over thirty years. He taught U.S., Idaho, and Pacific Northwest history for the College of Southern Idaho and served on the board of the Idaho Humanities Council. He was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Idaho State Historical Society. In addition, Blanchard served three terms as County Commissioner of Blaine County and five years as a city administrator.
*This program is supported in part by a grant funded by the Perc H. Shelton and Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation.*