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NIC to offer history presentation on Lake Coeur d’Alene

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A view of Conkling Park on Lake Coeur d’Alene at the turn of the century. The park had a grand dance pavilion, which attracted visitors from North Idaho and the Spokane area. Dancers would arrive by steamboat to spend the day. Photo courtesy of the Museum A view of Conkling Park on Lake Coeur d’Alene at the turn of the century. The park had a grand dance pavilion, which attracted visitors from North Idaho and the Spokane area. Dancers would arrive by steamboat to spend the day. Photo courtesy of the Museum

A history presentation on Lake Coeur d'Alene by noted historian Robert Singletary will be presented at North Idaho College Oct. 27.

Local historian Robert Singletary will present a history presentation Lake Coeur d’Alene at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Lake City Senior Center, located at 1916 N. Lakewood Drive in Coeur d’Alene.

The presentation will focus on the development of communities around Lake Coeur d’Alene, its tributaries (the Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe and St. Maries rivers) and its only outlet, the Spokane River. The history of the lake will develop through historic photographs and personal stories from several people whose families homesteaded along the water.

The Nez Perce had told explorers Lewis and Clark about Lake Coeur d’Alene, and it was noted by on their maps as Wayton Lake. French mapmaker Hubert Brue drew the lake on his map as Coeur Pointe, French for “pointed heart.” Other maps note the body of water as Sketshue Lake, named after the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

Singletary will also cover the towns and cities that grew amidst the logging industry along the Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe and St. Maries rivers.

Singletary is an active historian in the region. He wrote a weekly history column for the Coeur d’Alene Press for 10 years and taught history at NIC and Lewis-Clark State College. He also served as a trustee for the Museum of North Idaho and the Idaho State Historical Society. Singletary owns History Unlimited, which specializes in historical tours, lectures and living history performances.

This is the first in a series of free history programs offered this fall by NIC’s Molstead Library and the Museum of North Idaho.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Information: (208) 772-3953.

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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