Mining historian Tom Blanchard will join the Hailey Public Library on Thursday, May 23, at 5:30 p.m. to present a free lecture on the Idaho mining industry, paying special attention to the impacts that mining practices had on Hailey and the surrounding areas.

“Tom’s breadth of knowledge about state and local mining history and its impact on the establishment and development of Hailey is remarkable, and he makes it so interesting,” said Kristin Fletcher, the library’s program specialist. “During the talk, he’ll touch on what drove that development and how it influenced local politics and spurred competition between Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum.”

Blanchard’s lecture is part of a series of historical talks sponsored by the library to help commemorate its centennial. Throughout the year, the library will continue to host events, celebrations and lectures. Visit for details.

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