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Herrett Forum Lecture Speaker: Marie Holmer

May 11, 2021

07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Zoom

Emigrants travelling the Oregon Trail experienced some of the most challenging conditions of their journey while crossing Idaho. The Creation of cutoffs from the main trail aimed to hasten the crossing, find fresh water and grass for the wagon train, and avoid growing mass conflict with the Native Americans, who’s traditional life ways were increasingly impacted by the mass migration west. The Jeffrey-Goodale Cutoff was one such trail, but early immigrants did not fare much better than those on the main route of the Oregon Trail and it quickly fell out of use. A revival of the route was driven by the gold rush to Idaho and would see the Jeffrey-Goodale Cutoff became important in the mining and settlement of the state. Firsthand a accounts in the diaries and journals of emigrants using the cutoff can inform the trail history and illustrate the experience of travelling the cutoff, as well as aid in the the location and interpretation of the trail as it remains today. 

 

Marie Holmer is an Archaeologist with MarCom, LLC, supporting the cultural Resource Management Office at Idaho National Laboratory and Flour Idaho. IN her six years working at INL she has assisted in documenting and evaluating recontact and historic archaeology at the Site, including completion of map documents for the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) of the Arco Naval Proving Ground. She holds a BS in Geology and Archaeology and MS degrees in both Forensic Archaeology and Geographic Information Science. Most recently, Marie submitted a Historic Context Statement for the Goodale’s Cutoff and a public information sign on the trail for installation near the INL Site. 

 

Check herrett.csi.edu for the Zoom Link.

When:
May 11, 2021
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Where:
Zoom
Contact:
Herrett Center
(208) 732-6655