Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 7:00 AM

The great fire of 1910, often referred to as The Big Burn, scorched more than 3 million acres. It burned in three states, including Idaho, destroying an area the size of Connecticut. Our lack of preparation for such a calamity is often given credit as the impetus for the founding of the modern Forest Service.

The Big Burn remains the largest fire in American history and is exactly the sort of vivid subject matter storytellers can work wonders with.

And while there are plenty of books written on the subject, most recently Timothy Egan's The Big Burn, who has time to read anymore?

So today, why not get the full color of the story told to you?

Historical storyteller Ben Kemper, a regular at Boise's Story Story Night, will take on The Big Burn today at The Boise Public Library.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free. No smoking allowed.

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