The Hailey Public Library will host a free talk with mining historian Tom Blanchard at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the library, located at 7 W. Croy Street in Hailey.

     Blanchard’s talk will cover Idaho mining history with a special emphasis on its impact on Hailey.

     “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 Program Specialist Kristin Fletcher.

     The talk will focus on what drove mining development, how it influenced local politics and how it spurred competition between Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum.

     Blanchard’s talk is part of a series of lectures highlighting the early history of Hailey and the Wood River Valley, which commemorates the library’s year-long Centennial Celebration.  The library was founded on Feb. 19, 1919, in a back room of an office near Bullion Street.

     Future talks include:

     June 13—Florence Blanchard: The fascinating life of explorer and pioneer Carrie Adell Strahorn for whom Della Mountain was named.

     June 26—John Lundin: Robert Strahorn, Hailey founder and visionary builder of the Pacific Northwest.

     For more information about the historic Hailey and other lectures, call 208-788-2036 or visit


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