Pierce June Sesquicentennial
speaker is Keith Petersen
The Pierce Sesquicentennial Task Force invites you to a presentation by
State Historian, Keith Petersen, on June 13, ,
at the Pierce
To help celebrate Pierce’s 150th anniversary, Mr. Petersen’s topic will be ‘E.D.
Pierce and Friends’.
Keith Petersen is the
Associate Director and State Historian with the Idaho State Historical Society.
Prior to that position, he served as the state’s Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
Petersen is the author of
numerous books and articles about Idaho
and the Northwest, including, “River
Channel of Death: Fish and Dams on the Lower Snake”; “Company Town: Potlatch,
and the Potlatch Lumber Company”; and “This Crested Hill: An Illustrated History
of the University
Petersen is the only person to have won the Outstanding Book on Idaho
He also was the first person
to win the Idaho Humanities Council’s annual Award for Outstanding Achievement
in the Humanities in Idaho.
Keith Petersen has been researching and writing about Idaho
history for more than 30 years.
Petersen is a frequent
speaker on Idaho
history topics through-out the state. He is currently writing a biography of
John Mullan, who headed the crew that constructed the famous Mullan military
road between Fort Walla Walla,
and Fort Benton,
the first engineered highway in the Pacific Northwest.
Thousands of people a day
travel the Mullan Road
today—only they know it as Interstate 90. John Mullan is one of the ‘friends’ of
E. D. Pierce that Petersen will discuss in his presentation at Pierce, as he
looks at Idaho in the early 1860s and the impact some significant early
residents had on Idaho, and Idaho had on them.
This will be a talk not to be
missed; there will be plenty of time for questions, and to get to know this
interesting historian. This event is free and open to all; there will be
refreshments served following Mr. Petersen’s presentation. The sesquicentennial
Miner’s Claim Card will be stamped, and the pins and new T-shirts will be on