''History Happy Hours'' Speaker Series
The Latah County Historical Society is pleased to offer a three-part speaker series to compliment the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America, which will be on display at 411 S. Main St. in downtown Moscow from August 23 through October 4. Crossroads explores how communities like those in Latah County have adapted in the face of immense economic, cultural, and demographic changes over the last 100 years.
In order to further conversations about how the national trends highlighted in the exhibit relate to Latah County, LCHS has organized “History Happy Hours” featuring presentations from local and regional experts.
The first presentation is scheduled for 5:00pm on Tuesday, August 27 at the Garden Lounge in the historic Moscow Hotel. University of Idaho professor Diane Kelly-Riley will present “Company Town Legacy: Potlatch at the Crossroads.”
What happens to the Company Town when the Company leaves? Kelly-Riley’s presentation will highlight the ways people from Potlatch, Idaho sustained their community--once home to the world's largest White Pine mill--after the closure of the lumber mill in 1981. Through a selection of oral histories, the experiences of people who have worked hard to sustain the community of Potlatch will be showcased, particularly those active in the economic and cultural revitalization efforts of the annual Return to Riverside music festival.
Diane Kelly-Riley is an Associate Professor of English and an Associate Dean for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Idaho. She has lived in Potlatch for more than 20 years.
Part two of the series will be on Tuesday, September 17 at One World Café and part three will be on Monday, September 30 at Colter’s Creek in Moscow. All programs will begin at 5:00pm. Programs are free to attend, drinks will be available for purchase from host locations.
Crossroads: Change in Rural America is developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and is brought to the Gem State by Idaho Humanities Council. The local showing is organized by the Latah County Historical Society, in partnership with the Moscow Chamber of Commerce. For more details and a full list of events, visit https://www.latahcountyhistoricalsociety.org/exhibits.