NIC explores history of Farragut Naval Training Station
In conjunction with a display featured in its Molstead Library, North Idaho College will explore the history of Farragut Naval Training Station during a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in Molstead Library’s Todd Lecture Hall.
Local historian, living history performer and NIC instructor Robert Singletary will portray Commodore Frank H. Kelley, who was commander of Farragut from 1943 until its eventual closure in 1945, as he uses photographs and artifacts to discuss the training station’s construction, operations and impact on local communities.
Farragut Naval Training Station operated on the southern shores of Lake Pend Oreille during World War II. A total of 293,281 U.S. Navy recruits were trained during the 30 months of activity at Farragut Naval Training Station, second in size only to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Farragut was the most populated area in the state of Idaho from 1943 to 1945. Farragut also served as a disciplinary center and a German prisoner of war camp.
Singletary has authored a series of articles on Farragut, which appeared in the Kootenai Chronicles published by the Coeur d’Alene Press. He also worked on and appeared in a documentary called America’s Landlocked Navy, produced by KSPS Public Television.
NIC’s Molstead Library is currently exhibiting a photo collection and artifacts from the Museum of North Idaho and Farragut State Park, many of which will be used in the presentation.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Information: (208) 769-3355.
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NIC Molstead Library Assistant-Circulation Skip Kuck, (208) 769-3355Posted: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005