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31 Priest LakeHeritageSeries Want to learn more about Priest Lakes history The authors of the Priest Lake Museums new book Wild Place A History of Priest Lake Idaho will be continuing their HERITAGE SERIES presentations in 2016. All presentations are free and open to the public. Friday July 15 - Fifty Ways more or less to Die at Priest Lake Coolin Community Hall 700pm The deadly power of Priest Lake has long been retold in myths and mysteries. This talk covers 150 years of tragedies many uncovered during research on Wild Place Kris Runberg Smith Wednesday July 20 - Early Explorers Priest Lake Library 700pm Discover the relationship to Priest Lake of early explorers like Father Peter DeSmet and the adventures of the first surveyors who tried and often failed to map the region. Kris Runberg Smith Wednesday July 27 - Mapping Priest Lake Coolin Community Hall 700pm An evening of exploring the evolving maps of Priest Lake from the earliest known done by Kalispel Chief Victor to the ones commissioned for Wild Place. It will include early survey and Forest Service maps along with more fanciful 19th century depictions. Examples from the Priest Lake Museums map collection will also be on exhibit. Kris Runberg Smith with Tom Weitz Saturday Sept. 3 - Early Prospectors and Miners at Priest Lake Indian Creek Campground 800pm Dreams of finding gold and striking it rich brought hundreds of prospectors to the Priest Late region in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They endured many hardships and in the end only a very few made a living off the minerals they worked so hard to find. Tom Weitz Located on Luby Bay on the west side of Priest Lake the Priest Lake Museum is housed in a historic log cabin built for the Forest Service by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. The museum has vignettes of yesterday historic exhibits and videos that include interviews with local pioneers. Unique books including the recently published Wild Place A History of Priest Lake Idaho and DVDs concerning the regions history and natural resources are available for sale. The cabin along with the nearby pump house and garage has been nominated for listing on the national register of historic places. In celebration of this recognition the Priest Lake Museum Association is planning a special exhibit on the history of the cabin from its construction and original use as a Forest Service guard station to its present use as a museum. Rangers and their families lived in the cabin until 1989. Also new this summer invite a family member or friend to the museum to share their stories of Priest Lake. Inspired by the StoryCorps model the Priest Lake Museum will be recording conversations between two people who know and care about each other and their relationship with Priest Lake. Visitors touring the museum often tell stories to each other as they enjoy the exhibits. Old friends compare notes on special places and events. Grandparents share their memories of first coming to the lake. With Priest Lake StoryCorpsthe museum will be able to preserve those stories and share the best ones with all of us. You choose a friend neighbor or loved one to interview about their experiences and relationship to the lake. You are the interviewer asking questions of these storytellers. Museum volunteers act as facilitators to handle the technical aspects. The museum will make you a CD of the interview to take home. We will also preserve your interview in our Oral History Collection. To learn more about StoryCorps visit the museum or contact one of our board members. The museum is located just north of the junction with the Luby Bay and West Lakeshore Roads. Staffed with a dedicated group of volunteer hosts the museum is open 10 to 4 Tuesday through Sunday from mid-June through Labor Day weekend and weekends only from Memorial Day to mid-June and in September after Labor Day. It is closed Mondays except holiday Mondays. Admission is free. The museum website is PriestLakeMuseum