The talk is part of the Nez Perce County Historical Society’s Fall Historical Lecture Series and is in Room 115 of Sacajawea Hall. She will sign copies of her books after the lecture.
Simon-Smolinski’s most recent book is “Timothy Nolan’s Idaho 1862-1890: Being Several Scholarly Accounts and Adventures and Events in and Around Lewiston Idaho from Gold Rush to Statehood.”
MOSCOW — Rinker Buck, author of “The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey,” will sign copies of his book at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main St.
Buck, who lives in northwest Connecticut, writes in the book his account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail with his brother in a covered wagon pulled by a team of mules. It was published in June.
A longtime staff writer for the Harford Courant, Buck also has written for Vanity Fair and Life. His previous books included the memoirs “Flight of Passage” and “First Job.”
CLARKSTON — Beargrass and Shiloh will play bluegrass and country music for a benefit dance Friday at the Clarkston Moose Lodge.
Money raised will benefit the Kamiah Fire Relief Fund.
Music begins at 7:30 p.m. at the lodge, 814 Sixth St., and the event also will feature a silent auction.
PULLMAN — The annual Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival is Friday and Saturday at Beasley Coliseum on the campus of Washington State University here.
Admission to the festival is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
UNIONTOWN — The Hog Heaven Big Band will play tunes from the Great American Songbook from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn here.
The 16-piece big band has been playing on the Palouse for decades and at the barn since it opened in 2006. The band will not play at the barn again until spring, according to a news release.
Admission is $5 per person at the door, and refreshments, including beer and wines from Wawawai Canyon Winery, will be available for purchase.
MOSCOW — Oktoberfest 2015, featuring German edibles, music and a costume contest, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the 1912 Center here, 412 E. Third St.
The menu features bratwurst, rolls, rotkohl, sauerkraut, hot German potato salad and dessert, as well as German beer and wine for purchase. The German band Auf Gehts will provide live music for dancing.
A costume contest, silent auction and raffle will round out the event.
Cost is $15 for adults and $12 for adults in traditional German costume, $7 for children ages 4-10 and free for ages 3 and younger.
Proceeds will benefit the Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Idaho.
PULLMAN — Washington State University history professor Matt Sutton will give a talk titled “FDR’s Army of Faith: Religion and American Espionage in World War II” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 on the WSU campus.
Sutton’s free talk in Room 21 of Goertzen Hall will be followed by a reception.
In telling the story, Sutton will draw on archival materials that reveal the significant roles of religious people in WWII espionage. They include a German priest who longed to be a secret agent, a future CIA director who aggressively recruited religious activists for covert operations and a fundamentalist Christian missionary-turned-spy, according to a news release.