IHC-speaker-Steven Branting

1012 Third Street
Lewiston, Idaho 83501




Steven D. Branting

Since the 1980s Steven Branting has been honored for the depth and variety of his research and field work by many of the nation’s premiere science, geography, history and preservation organizations, including NASA, the American Association for State and Local History, ESRI and the Society for American Archaeology. From 2001-2010, he was the lead investigator for the 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study, an internationally acclaimed project that modeled the best practices in historical field work and discovered scores of burials still remaining in Pioneer Park, the site of Lewiston’s first and later abandoned graveyards. More than 25 of his outdoor historical displays can be found throughout the city. In 2011 the Idaho State Historical Society conferred upon him the  Esto Perpetua Award, its highest honor, citing his leadership in “some of the most significant preservation and interpretation projects undertaken in Idaho,” and he was awarded the year’s Outstanding Cultural Tourism Award for showcasing Idaho’s heritage. In 2013, The History Press (Charleston SC) published Historic Firsts of Lewiston, Idaho: Unintended Greatness, his signature study of events that have set Lewiston apart in Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, and the nation since the city’s founding in 1861. Also in 2013, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded him its coveted Historical Preservation Medal, the first to an Idahoan. His popular series of Lewiston volumes has now reached five with the recent addition of Our Fruitful Dreams. The sixth and final volume — Our Voices, Our Words — is slated for release in September 2017. Steven has recently been named the Institutional Historian for Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston.

Presentation Needs

All presentations include powerpoint visuals. Please provide projector, with screen, and a room capable of being darkened.