Book Signing and Presentation by Steven Branting

February 2 2:00 PM 918 6th Street in Clarkston, WA 5097583626 andbookstoo@clearwire.net Website
February 2, 2-4 p.m. ...and BOOKS, too!, 918 6th Street is proud to host the launch of Steven Branting's book, HISTORIC FIRSTS OF LEWISTON, IDAHO: Unintended Greatness. Steven will give a presentation beginning at 2:15 p.m. with book signing to follow.

Widely published historian and career educator of gifted children, Steven Branting has been honored for his research and fieldwork by, among others, the History Channel, the American Association for State and Local History, the Association of American Geographers and the Society for American Archaeology and was a 2009 nominee for the American Historical Association’s William Gilbert Award to recognize outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication of magazine articles. In 2011, the Idaho State Historical Society conferred on him the Esto Perpetua Award, its highest honor, citing his leadership in “some of the most significant preservation and interpretation projects undertaken in Idaho.”

When a group of intrepid gold prospectors set up camp at the fork of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in 1861, they expected to make camp for a night and move on. Instead, they made a town. It was an important—if unintended—accomplishment. And it was only the beginning of a long line of historic firsts for Lewiston, including the first capital, police department, newspaper and post office. Lewiston also boasted the state’s first brewery and first vigilante association, both founded in the same year, appropriately enough. Join local historian and lifelong educator Steven D. Branting as he offers the first-ever chronology of unprecedented events, accolades and incidents that shaped Lewiston and Idaho from the city’s founding to the present day.
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