05 17, 2022

Revisit the Constitutional Convention of 1787

By |2022-05-09T15:45:41-04:00May 17, 2022|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster is discussing the origins of the US Constitution during a special year-long lecture series from the library. The series continues at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at our Main Branch.

The topic will be the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Ostensibly, the convention was called to revise the ineffective Articles of Confederation. However, many delegates had more ambitious plans. Discover how a nation was forged during those four sweltering months in Philadelphia. The program is free to attend. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up on our website or call us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

The first program in Foster’s series was on the influence of the English Civil War on our founding fathers. You can watch that talk in its entirety on our YouTube channel.

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 IIthe Cold Warthe American RevolutionThe Vietnam Wars, and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

05 7, 2022

Meet Lucretia Garfield: An Ohio Girl in Washington

By |2022-05-01T10:02:43-04:00May 7, 2022|

See history through the illuminating eyes of First Lady Lucretia Garfield!

Debbie Weinkamer, a historical reenactor from We Made History, performs as Garfield and share stories from her life in Washington D.C. from the 1860s to 1880s. As you might already know, Lucretia was the wife of U.S. Congressman, President and Mentor native James A. Garfield.

Lucretia Garfield grew up a shy farmer’s daughter from Garrettsville, Ohio, and was hesitant to put her family in the “fishbowl” of Washington D.C. for reporters and socialites to critique.

Debbie (as Lucretia) will return to the library when our Civil War series continues on Wednesday, May 11. She’ll discuss what the home front was like in Hiram, Ohio, while her husband James A. Garfield and brothers fought in the Civil War. The program is free to attend. You can register to attend on our website.

05 6, 2022

Discover True-Crime Stories of Murder & Mayhem on Lake Erie

By |2022-05-03T10:19:56-04:00May 6, 2022|

Local historian and author Wendy Koile has written about the legends of Lake Erie and disasters on its shores. So, for her newest book, she explores stories of murder and mayhem on the lake.

In this interview, Koile explains how researching history is like treasure hunting. (She has experience with both.) She also shares why she loves Lake Erie and wants to tell its stories. Finally, she recommends where you should eat if you only have one night in Geneva-on-the-Lake.

For more true crime from our YouTube channel:

04 23, 2022

Revisit the Origins of the US Constitution

By |2022-04-21T10:10:21-04:00April 23, 2022|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster will explore the origins of the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights during a series of lectures this year. He begins by discussing how ideas from the English Civil War (1642-1649) influenced America more than a century later. See how the thoughts of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Levelers like Richard Rumbold affected our Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and more!

The next lecture in his series will be Thursday, June 9, at our Main Branch. The subject will be the Convention of 1787.

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 IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution, The Vietnam Wars, and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

11 7, 2021

Vietnam 1963 – 1968: America’s War

By |2021-11-07T16:19:41-05:00November 7, 2021|

All this year, our resident historian Dr. John Foster has traced the tragic history of the wars in Vietnam in a series of lectures. His fourth talk in the series revisits the period from 1963 to 1968, beginning with the assassinations of Ngo Dinh Diem and John F. Kennedy and ending with the Tet Offensive and Khe Sanh.

All three of the previous lectures in Foster’s series can be viewed online:

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 IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

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