A Focus on History, Regional and Beyond



Sandra Hofferber, our hyper-talented Director of Regional History, has written and assembled a book!  A Pictorial Early History of the Wood River Valley delves into the Community Library’s own unique oral interviews, photos, maps and scrapbooks of early settlers. There will be a book launch party at the Library tonight at 6:00 pm to celebrate the publication!  Come and see the book in person (and get one signed!) or view it online at our Lulu sales site.  If you are out of the area, the ebook is available for 5.99, and the paperback for 15.00.  All proceeds support the Library and our Regional History collection.

The book starts with accounts of the First Nation peoples that lived in the Valley for thousands of years before the arrival of fur trappers, stockmen and miners in the 19th century. It continues through the many waves of immigrants, the gold and sheep booms, and the establishment of early hot springs resorts in Warm Springs and Clarendon, before the opening of Sun Valley ski mecca.  We have a copy in the stacks–check it out!  Or visit Regional History anytime to see much, much more!

As a happenchance, today I was weeding another section of history in our collection, and found some orphan books that need a little patron love before they go to the Gold Mine.  Dovetailing with the Wood River history, we have Frontier Women and The Spirit of Indian Women, with firsthand tales of how western women from all walks carved a living in the 19th century West.  As this is Women’s History Month, these books get a bye back to the shelves.  They join I Dwell in Possibility–Women Build a Nation 1600-1920, and A Shining Thread of Hope:  The History of Black Women in America.

Also getting new life on the shelf are a history of the first international women’s movement, Joyous Greetings by Bonnie Anderson and Not for Ourselves Alone, the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.  Three studies of the modern feminist movement were also spared, including Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future and Grassroots: a Field Guide for Feminist Activism , written by Jennifer Baumgardner, a speaker at the Library just a few years back.

Delve into the past, and look to the future, @The Community Library!


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  1. Presbyterian missionary Marcus Whitman said, “Where a woman can go, a wagon can go” and with the first successful overland crossing of the two missionary wives, Narcissa Whitman and Eliza Spalding, the Westward expansion of Euro-American culture began. Before this emigrants to the Oregon Country had to be rugged trappers, cross the Panama Isthmus or sail around Cape Horn. Much less practical for families.

    • Marcus Whitman did have a tendency to underestimate a lot of things, about women, and about the Oregon Territory. But he was right about the wagons…eventually.

  2. Three late 1800s women writers with Idaho connections who supported their families when their husbands couldn’t: Mary Hollack Foot (whose diaries were harvested by Wallace Stegner for Angle of Repose) Abigail Scott Dunaway and Carrie Adell Strahorn.

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