Coeur d'Alene's roots were planted in the construction of Fort Coeur d'Alene. The fort was renamed after General William T. Sherman who initiated its establishment on April 16, 1878. The fort was located on the present North Idaho College grounds and extended into the city park.
A program "In the Shadows of Fort Sherman" will be presented on April 16th at 7 p.m. at North Idaho College's Molstead Library, Todd Hall. It is free and open to the public. The presenter, Robert Singletary, is president of the Museum of North Idaho and commander of the Ft. Sherman Historical Society. Singletary is an instructor, lecturer and author of the Kootenai Chronicles. Through stories and pictures, Singletary will bring the audience into fort life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He will explain the layout of Fort Sherman pointing out the fort buildings that are still in existence. He will also explore the importance of the fort on the development of the city of Coeur d'Alene and the area.
Fort Sherman was unique. The design of the fort buildings were meant to emulate the contemporary houses of the time in eastern America. This was a new concept for western forts attempting to make military personnel comfortable in the rugged west.
"In The Shadows of Fort Sherman" is sponsored by Molstead Library on the NIC campus -and will be presented in Todd Hall just off the library foyer. Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. program. Because of the popularity of the programs, guests are asked to phone Molstead Library at (208) 769-3355 to make reservations. Tickets will be available for pick up at the circulation desk of the library or at the door. At five minutes before 7 all tickets not claimed will be given out to those on the standby list.
This event will be the kick-off of Fort Sherman Days, a one-month long celebration/anniversary of the fort. Programs throughout the month will include two guided walking tours of the fort grounds. Also a concert with the Fort Sherman Band and an Ice Cream Social will be enjoyed. A concert by the Fort Sherman Symphonette will provide more music of the day. Albert Wilkerson as a cavalryman and a Buffalo Solider will explain the role they played in the late 1800’s. Mike Fileer, will portray a Fort Sherman solider and will show the life of the army infantry in the fort.
These programs are co-sponsored by the Museum of North Idaho and the Fort Sherman Historical Society as well as NIC's Molstead Library.
Information; (208) 769-3355 And call for free reservations