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NIC to offer history presentation on the Silver Valley

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NIC to offer history presentation on the Silver Valley

Author Julie Whitesel Weston, who grew up in Kellogg, Idaho, will present on the history of Kellogg using personal stories from the townspeople of the historic Silver Valley at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.

The mountains, the mines and the people of Kellogg, Idaho shaped author Julie Whitesel Weston, who grew up a block from the entrance to the Bunker Hill Mine and next door to the hospital where her father doctored the miners and other townspeople.

Whitesel Weston includes stories of the historic Silver Valley in her book “The Good Times Are All Gone Now,” which she will bring alive with personal stories during a history presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, located at 702 E. Front Ave. in Coeur d’Alene.

Her memoir tells the stories of miners in mid-20th century Kellogg, from mines rich with silver and lead, to gambling and brothels of the area. She will weave together stories of the townspeople with her own personal recollections.

Whitesel Weston’s short stories and essays have been published in Idaho Magazine, The Threepenny Review, Boston Literary Magazine, The St. Ann’s Review, River Styx, Rendezvous, Clackamas Literary Review and Rocky Mountain Game and Fish. A story on mining appeared in Our Working Lives, an anthology and both an essay and a short story of hers have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She has also won awards in numerous literary contests.

The presentation is part of the “Your Place in History” local history program series sponsored by North Idaho College’s Molstead Library, the Museum of North Idaho and the Kootenai County Public Libraries and supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council.

The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Whitesel Weston’s book “The Good Times Are All Gone Now” will be available for sale.

Information: (208) 769-2315, Ext. 426.

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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