| October 18, 2019 1:00 AM
A book launch for “Coeur d’Alene: Beautiful and Progressive,” a new book by regional historian Robert Singletary, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Singletary, who is a frequent speaker at the library, shared research for the book in a series of lectures earlier this year.
The book traces the historical development of Coeur d’Alene, from its beginning on the outskirts of Fort Coeur d’Alene – later renamed Fort Sherman – in 1878, to a modern and progressive city on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene by 1990.
Meticulously researched and written in a clear and unencumbered style, Singletary narrates the story of the Lake City’s economic, political, social and cultural institutions. Included are the development of the city’s churches, schools and colleges, medical facilities and more.
A portion of the book called “Profiles” gives a brief background and accomplishments of people who helped shape the history of Coeur d’Alene.
More than 300 photographs from the Museum of North Idaho’s collection are included. All proceeds from the book will benefit the museum.
Singeltary is a native of Georgia who came to North Idaho by way of Alaska. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Alaska Pacific University and a master’s degree from the University of Idaho. He has authored numerous articles and publications, including the “Kootenai Chronicles,” published through the Coeur d’Alene Press. He frequently gives lectures, tours and living history presentations on the history of the Inland Northwest.
He has served as a trustee for the Idaho State Historical Society, the Museum of North Idaho and the Thomas Paine National Historical Association. He has also been Kootenai County’s coordinator for the Idaho State Centennial Celebration and is the chairman of the Kootenai County Historic Preservation Commission. For many years, he taught history and humanities at North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Idaho State Historical Society’s Esto Perpetua award for his work preserving and promoting Idaho’s history.
Singletary is also an accomplished musician, performing with numerous musical groups in the area, including the Spokane Symphony. He founded and was the first director of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, the Panhandle Symphony and the Community Concert Band. In 2012, Singletary became the director of programs and marketing for the Museum of North Idaho.