Friday, November 15, 2013

Idaho high schools that are gone, but not forgotten, is topic of presentation

Dick Riggs of Lewiston will be the guest speaker on Monday, Nov. 18, at the meeting of the Lewis County Historical Society in Craigmont. Mr. Riggs is the past president of the Nez Perce County Historical Society and a long-time public school teacher, coach and district administrator. He has written extensively on many subjects of local history.

Riggs, a former superintendent at Highland High School, has been researching former high schools and will present a program entitled “High Schools That Are Gone but Not Forgotten in North Central Idaho.”

The program covers twenty different schools that were lost through consolidation, including Peck, Gifford, Southwick, Bovill, Elk River, Juliaetta, Pierce, Weippe, Craigmont, Reubens, Winchester, Cottonwood, Ferdinand, Greencreek, Kooskia, St. Gertrude’s, Stites, Whitebird, Ursuline, and Riggins. Dick will have a comment or anecdote about all of them.

The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Craigmont community building located at the city park. Prior to the program, there will be a business meeting of the Lewis County Historical Society in the office of the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society adjoining the community hall.

People who attended any of these former schools are invited to bring their memorabilia such as diplomas, annuals, letter sweaters, rings, belt buckles, pictures and other items to show. Everyone is welcome to attend the business meeting at 1 p.m., the presentation at 2 p.m., or both. You may come early to visit and to view the items on display.

For more information, please contact Liz Hess, president of the Lewis County Historical Society at (208) 937-2570, lele or Shelley Kuther, president of the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society at (208) 790-7890, or skuther@camas

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