Cort Conley is director of Literary Services at the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He has an extensive background as a writer, editor, and publisher of books. He was a river guide for more than 30 years on rivers throughout the West. He holds a Jurisprudence Doctorate from the University of California.
This presentation/discussion is based on a book by the same name (by Cort Conley) about hermits, individualists, and solitaries. It includes first-person recollections, photographs, and taped recordings.
This presentation is a first-hand folk history of the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Main Salmon, or the Snake River through Hells Canyon. Conley will explain the human and natural history of any of these rivers and illustrate the talk with vintage films and photographs and taped recordings about boating, homesteading, or early outfitting there.
This presentation tells the story of twenty-three-year-old Amos Burg's journey down the Snake River from Jackson, Wyoming to the Pacific Ocean in the summer of 1925, paddling a canvas canoe. Idaho was already in the throes of the agricultural depression and Burg visited farm and ranch families along the way and hitched around the four dams then in place. The story is told with 110 black and white slides of photographs taken by Burg along his voyage.