12 23, 2020

Mentor Library’s Cold War series concludes with focus on 1989

By |2020-12-23T19:00:18-05:00December 23, 2020|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster concludes his year-long series on the history of the Cold War with a focus on the climactic year of 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. Across a divided continent, people strove for freedom and tried to figure out what life would be like without the Iron Curtain. Learn how this pivotal moment still impacts European history.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, the American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

08 21, 2020

Mentor Library’s Cold War series explores the turning point of 1968

By |2020-08-21T06:00:25-04:00August 21, 2020|

Discover how the Cold War nearly came to a boiling point in 1956 during a special online program from Mentor Public Library.

Explore the Cold War’s turning point in 1968 during a special online program from Mentor Public Library

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster will continue his series on the history of the Cold War during a fascinating online program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Foster will focus on the pivotal year of 1968, which was a turning point in the Cold War. It opened with the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, and saw further turmoil as Red Army troops brutally suppressed a pro-democracy movement in Czechoslovakia. Around the world, student protestors took to the streets with demonstrators and police clashing outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

This program is free and open to all. It will be broadcast online using Zoom. Those who wish to watch can register on our website or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247. This program will also be recorded and available for viewing at a future date on the library’s website, Facebook, and YouTube page.

This special program is the third in a 4-part series about the history of the Cold War. Previous talks in the series can be watched on our website, as well.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, the American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

07 8, 2020

Mentor Library’s Cold War series explores the crises of 1956

By |2020-07-08T06:00:18-04:00July 8, 2020|

Discover how the Cold War nearly came to a boiling point in 1956 during a special online program from Mentor Public Library.

Discover how the Cold War nearly came to a boiling point in 1956 during a special online program from Mentor Public Library.

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster will continue his series on the history of the Cold War during a special online program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.

He’ll discuss a series of crises that all contributed to rising tensions globally, including the crushing of democracy in Hungary, the Suez Crisis, turbulence in Poland, and even the Montgomery bus boycott.

This program is free and open to all. It will be broadcast online using Zoom. Those who wish to watch can register on our online event calendar. This program will also be recorded and available for viewing at a future date on the our website, Facebook, and YouTube page.

This special program is the second in a 4-part series about the history of the Cold War. The first talk focused on the years after World War II and the rising tension that led to the Berlin Blockade. This talk can be viewed in its entirety on our website.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, the American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

07 6, 2020

Revisit the Cold War with Mentor Public Library

By |2020-07-06T16:00:17-04:00July 6, 2020|

This year, our resident historian Dr. John Foster is revisiting the Cold War during a series of lectures.

In this first talk, he explains how the conflict that would define the latter half of the 20th century began even before World War II ended. He also discusses how a series of regime changes and (of all things) a currency change led the USSR to place a blockade around Berlin.

He also discusses how a series of regime changes and (of all things) a currency change led the USSR to place a blockade around Berlin. Finally, he describes the heroism of British and American pilots who kept West Berlin supplied during the Soviet blockade.

This special program was the first in a 4-part series from Foster about the history of the Cold War. The next talk in Foster’s series will be on Thursday, July 23. He’ll discuss the year 1956 when the Suez conflict, turbulence in Poland, and even the Montgomery bus boycotts were part of a rising pattern of conflict that engulfed East and West. The program will be broadcast via Zoom and is free to watch. You can register to view it here.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, the American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

This program will also be recorded and will be available for viewing at a future date on our website, Facebook, and YouTube page.

11 4, 2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower: From World War to the Cold War

By |2018-11-04T06:00:30-05:00November 4, 2018|

We concluded our Presidents of the 20th Century series with a focus on Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Eisenhower was a complicated man — a West Point graduate and general who warned about the military-industrial complex; a man who valued duty but also asked to leave his post so he could marry his mistress.

He also oversaw one of our nation’s most fraught periods, including a chilly portion of the Cold War, McCarthyism, and invention of the hydrogen bomb.

Apparently, he was a pretty decent golfer, as well.

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster guides us through this singular president’s life. Foster, in addition to being a reference librarian, also has a doctorate degree in history.

If you missed it the first time or wish to rewatch it, you can view the entirety of our Presidents of the 20th Century series online:

Foster’s next talk will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Concord Township Community Center (7671 Auburn Road in Concord Township.) He’ll discuss the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton.

The talk is free to attend and open to all. If you wish to register, call the Concord Township Community Center at (440) 639-4650.

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