Latah County Historical Society invites Idaho history buffs and beer enthusiasts alike to attend its upcoming “Suds with a Scholar” fundraising event on Wednesday, July 20th at the Latah County Fairgrounds. Historian Robert Franklin will be the evening’s featured scholar, presenting “Collecting Hanford’s History,” detailing the history of the Hanford Nuclear Site. Franklin will discuss the pre-nuclear site communities, move on to the Manhattan Project, Cold War, and end with the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.


Robert Franklin is an Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History at WSU, a Certified Archivist, and the Assistant Director and Archivist of the Hanford History Project at WSU Tri-Cities.  Raised on a small farm in Alaska, Robert earned a B.A. in History from the University of Hawaii in 2011 and his M.A. in Public History from Washington State University in 2014.


The Hanford History Project proudly manages the Department of Energy’s Hanford Collection, an archive, artifact, archaeological, and oral history collection focused on the WWII and Cold War history of the Hanford Site.  Franklin, along with Robert Bauman (WSU) has authored two volumes in the Hanford Histories Series by WSU Press, both available for purchase at the event.


This is planned as an outdoor event, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Gates for this event will open at 5:30pm, and the program begins at 6:00pm. Entry is $10 for LCHS members and $12 for the general public. The ticket price includes a guest’s first beer, with additional pours available for purchase. A dinner option will also be for sale. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash or check, but cards will be accepted.


This event is supported by Best Western Plus University Inn, with beverage service provided by Pour Company, and food provided by the Battleground Food Truck.


Visit the LCHS website or Facebook event page for additional details.