Jake Eberlein + Gerald Hickman: Reading
Wilderness Cathedral tells the untold story of the Old Mission at the Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park in Northern Idaho. It traces the building’s history from its founding to the present, examining its significance to local communities, religious organizations, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, mining in the Silver Valley, and Pacific Northwest history. It presents a fresh look at the building’s importance by not only covering the missionary era, but also by examining its public impact over the years into the present time with the mission’s adaptive reuse as a farm, pilgrimage site, tourist destination, and state park.
Jake Eberlein is an award-winning researcher and historian. He graduated with a BS in social science from Kansas State University before completing a MA in history at the University of Nebraska, receiving the Outstanding Thesis Award. Jake is a Pacific Northwest native and lives with his wife and children in North Idaho where he teaches history to eager students.
Author Gerald Hickman returns with both of his titles, "Medal of Honor: Courage of the Soldiers and Warriors at Custer's Last Stand" and "Good Times in Old Genesee".
Hickman graduated with a BS and MS in Science and worked as a wildlife biologist for multiple state and federal agences. He has published over 60 articles in various scientific journals and general interest magazines, including "Outdoor Life" and "Gun Week". Hickman also spent some time as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service at Little Bighorn where he studied the battle grounds discussed in his book "Medal of Honor". His fascination with the subject encouraged him to share his ﬁndings with the public, and his research has shed further light on battle participants and the battle's place in the History of the Western Frontier and the Sioux War of 1876.
Hickman lives in Eastern Washington with Micky, his wife of 45 years.
In Wilderness Cathedral: The Story of Idaho's Oldest Building, historian and Coeur d'Alene resident Jake Eberlein writes about the story of the Old Sacred Heart Mission and its significance to Cataldo and the larger Pacific Northwest region. Eberlein correctly points out that although this is a history of a single building, the story he tells is really the history of the region.
The most famous and mysterious battle of the Western Frontier occurred on the Little Bighorn River in 1876. General George Armstrong Custer was defeated and died at the battle site, now a part of the United States National Park System. Equally as famous as Custer were the Warrior Chiefs of the Native American tribes there.