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Events for June 17, 2018   (view all events)
Indian Battles of 18
Colfax Branch Library
Sunday, Jun. 17 (Available for viewing 7 days per week during regular library hours.)

Images of “The Indian Battles of 1858” by Nona Hengen will be on display during the month of June at The Center at Colfax Library. The exhibit is comprised of 15 reproductions including “The Battle of Steptoe” and “Horse Camp Slaughter”, along with the continuous showing of two videos, “The Spokane Tribal Battles of 1858” produced by the Spokane Tribe and “Painting in the Details: Indian Wars of 1858” by Nona Hengen.

Well known in our region, Nona was inspired to paint this series more than 30 years ago when she was presenting a class about cultural conflicts. It was from her study of Manifest Destiny and the resulting Steptoe/Wright Campaign of 1858, that the large, colorful paintings were born.

Hengen is an artist, writer and teacher. As an artist, her interpretive canvases feature eastern Washington subject matters and scenery. As a writer, Nona has been featured in Wheat Life magazine, trade journals and has self-published 16 titles under “Palouse Press.” Hengen, was born and raised in the Spangle

For more information, contact Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366. Exhibit is located at The Center, 102 S. Main Street, Colfax. Hours of the exhibit are Mon-Weds 10-8, Thur-Fri 10-6 and Sat-Sun 1-5. This exhibit is part of The Scenic Byways month long tour of events, art and history. For a complete listing, visit

Image is the Steptoe Battlefield by Nona Hengen depicting the 1858 battle in which an estimated 800 to 1,000 warriors from the Palouse, Spokane, Yakama, Coeur d’Alene and other tribes nearly decimated the troops of Lt. Col. Edward Steptoe. The scene is near present-day Rosalia, WA.

Summer Reading for A
All Locations
Sunday, Jun. 17

Residents of all ages are invited to participate in Summer Reading 2018 with the theme “Libraries Rock!”  The reading portion of the program starts countywide on June 1st.

To complete the contest, children must read, or be read 10 books or 10 hours while teens need to read and briefly review three books. Adults must complete 3 checklist items including reading to complete the program but can earn as many as 14 chances at winning the grand prize giveaways. Major donors for this year’s summer reading program include Sam Dial Jewelers, Pizza Hut, Colfax Golf Club, Webb’s Slough Sprint Races, Almota Fiber, Kuhl Auto Parts, Thrifty Grandmothers Club and many others countywide. 

For a complete lineup of summer events and locations, stop by any Whitman County Library branch, “like” your favorite branch locations on Facebook or visit the library’s Events Calendar. Summer Reading registration forms can also be accessed from the library's website  or by calling toll-free 877-733-3375.

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