NIC to present the history of the Cataldo Mission

Old Mission State Park head park ranger Bill Scudder will present on the history of the Cataldo Mission at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall on NIC’s main campus.
In “Coeur d’Alene’s Mission of the Sacred Heart: Yesterday and Today,” Scudder will cover the history of the landmark, which is one of Idaho’s eight registered national landmarks and is the oldest standing building in Idaho having been completed in 1853. Scudder has served as a ranger at the park for 30 years and has spearheaded restorations of the building and encouraged archeological explorations at the site.
After visiting with Father DeSmet in 1842, the Coeur d’Alene tribe built the first mission on the St. Joe River near present day St. Maries, but the mission was abandoned because of flooding.
In 1846, another mission was built under the direction of Father Ravelli, who was an architect and artist, at present day Cataldo. Built entirely of wood from the local forests as well as rocks and mud from the Coeur d’Alene River, the members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and clergy members used tools just as simple as the building supplies. Wooden pegs were even used in place of nails.
The presentation is sponsored by NIC’s Molstead Library as part of its regional history series.
The event is free and open to the public. However, because of the popularity of these programs and limited seating, attendees must call to reserve free tickets prior to the event.
Information: (208) 769-3355.

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

Posted: Monday, Dec. 4, 2006

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