NIC to present an evening with the David Thompson Mountain Men

Northern Idaho's era of exploration, trading posts and fur traders will come alive again when local historians Robert Singletary and Mark Weadick bring back the world of the David Thompson Mountain Men.

The presentation, An Evening with David Thompson's Mountain Men, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in Molstead Library's Todd Lecture Hall on North Idaho College's main campus.

Thompson, who ranks as the premier surveyor of North America, was the first white man to visit northern Idaho. He explored from 1792-1812, first with the Hudson Bay Company and then the North West Company.

Thompson built the Kullyspel House, a trading post on Lake Pend Oreille and the first business in Idaho. He and his men established other regional trading posts as well, including the Spokan House on the Spokane River in Spokane and the Salish House in what is now Thompson Falls, Mont.

Thompson and his party were the first white men to trade to with northwestern Indian tribes in the United States and southern Canada.

Singletary and Weadick are members of the David Thompson Party of the American Mountain Men Association.

During the presentation, Singletary will present as a Thompson voyager and Weadick as a trapper, both in authentic dress and using artifacts of the period. The two will recount the Thompson Party's exploits as explorers, fur traders and map makers in the region of western Canada, Washington, Montana and Idaho. 

A David Thompson bicentennial, 2007-2011, is being planned as an international event with Great Britain, Canada and the United States participating.

Singletary and Weadick will present of Lewis and Clark's exploration party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in Todd Lecture Hall.

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Information: (208) 769-3355.

For More Information
NIC Molstead Library Assistant-Circulation Skip Kuck, (208) 769-3355

Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005

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