Heather Branstetter | Selling Sex in the Silver Valley
Date: March 8, 2018 Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Event Description BookPeople of Moscow and the Latah Historical Society are pleased to present author Heather Branstetter. Branstetter will be reading from her book Selling Sex in the Silver Valley, followed by a Q&A and signing. Wallace, Idaho was once the largest silver producer in the world and became notorious for labor uprisings, hard drinking, gambling and prostitution. As late as 1991, illegal brothels openly flourished because locals believed that sex work prevented rape and bolstered the economy, so long as it was regulated and confined to a particular area of town. The madams enjoyed unprecedented status as influential businesswomen, community leaders and philanthropists, while elsewhere a growing aversion to the sex trade drove red-light districts underground. Dr. Heather Branstetter's research features previously unpublished archival materials and oral histories as she relates the intimate details of this unlikely story. Branstetter, a Silver Valley native, graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and philosophy from the University of Idaho before completing a PhD in rhetoric, writing and cultural studies at the University of North Carolina. She taught at the University of Idaho, the University of North Carolina and Wake Forest University and was assistant professor of rhetoric and writing at the Virginia Military Institute. Dr. Branstetter now lives in Wallace, Idaho, where she is executive director of the Historic Wallace Preservation Society.