Whitman County Genealogical Society Announces!

February 26th, 2023 | Posted by Teresa Smick in Uncategorized

“Making AHA! Happen”
A seminar with community historian and author
Historical research can lead to many dead ends if one’s thinking is closed to alternatives. This
seminar will explore several proven techniques to increase what is termed “lateral thinking.”
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023, 10 A.M.
Bishop Place Independent Living Social Room
811 SE Klemgard St., Pullman, WA
Registration ahead of time is appreciated by responding to Whitmancgs@gmail.com. Event is
FREE but registrations and donations will be accepted at the door.
Gather at 10 AM. The one hour presentation begins at 10:15 AM with a brief time for questions
afterwards. Refreshments will be available. Come greet your genealogy friends after a long absence
of getting together. Masks are not required, but certainly appropriate, if you wish. Watch for further
details in the next newsletter.

Steven Branting’s biography includes the following:
Since 2000, many of this country’s leading history, geography and
preservation organizations — including the American Association for State
and Local History, The History Channel and the Society for American
Archaeology — have honored Steven Branting for the depth, scope and
variety of his research and field work.
In 2009, he was nominated for the American Historical Association’s
prestigious William and Edwyna Gilbert Award, which recognizes
outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication
of journal articles. Branting has written ten (10) books on the history of
Lewiston. Branting’s articles have appeared in, among others, the Western
Historical Quarterly, The History Teacher, Idaho Magazine, Nostalgia and Idaho Yesterdays.
The Idaho State Historical Society conferred upon him the 2011 Esto Perpetua Award, its
highest honor, citing his leadership in “some of the most significant preservation and interpretation
projects undertaken in Idaho.” Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter awarded him that year’s Outstanding
Cultural Tourism Award for showcasing Idaho’s heritage.
In 2013, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Branting its
coveted Historical Preservation Medal. In 2015, Lewis-Clark State College selected him for the
Marion Shinn Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2016 he was awarded the President’s Medallion
for his efforts to safeguard the heritage that the college and community have shared since the 1890s.
During 2018, the Lewiston Tribune published 104 of his columns highlighting events and people
who featured greatly in the history of Lewis-Clark State College, which was celebrating its 125th
anniversary and for whom Branting holds the office of “Institutional Historian,” the first since Henry
Leonidas Talkington in the 1940s.
Branting’s tenth Lewiston book — Interiors: Old Lewiston Behind Doors — was released in
September 2022.

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