04 29, 2021

Meet the Settlers of the Western Reserve

By |2021-04-29T19:00:53-04:00April 29, 2021|

Our friends from Lake County History Center take you back to the very beginning of the Western Reserve. Discover the first settlers who lived, died, and were married in the Western Reserve. Also, discover what one settler did when wolves ate his only pair of shoes!

This talk will only be available online until May 12 so make sure to watch it now!

By the way, if you’re interested in local history, we’ve hosted several programs about it – many of which can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel – including:

12 1, 2020

Revisit Cleveland’s Christmases of Yesteryear

By |2020-12-01T06:00:25-05:00December 1, 2020|

Mr JingelingThe historians from the Lake County History Center will take you on a tour through the Christmases of Yesteryear during a special program we’re hosting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14.

This program will bring back memories of Northeast Ohio’s Christmas traditions, including Mr. Jingeling, Francis the Talking Mule, and more. It will be broadcast online via Zoom and is free to watch. You can RSVP online or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

09 26, 2019

Hear the Eerie Legends of Lake County

By |2019-09-26T06:00:07-04:00September 26, 2019|

Lake Erie spookyLake County legends have fascinated locals throughout the years.

Which buildings are haunted? Was there really a monster on Little Mountain? Share your own local myths and legends and learn about other puzzling and extraordinary happenings in our own backyard during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at our Main Branch.

Our friends from Lake County History Center will take you on a tour of the mysterious and macabre in our county’s history.

The program is free to attend and open to all. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

This special presentation is part of our Month of Mystery. Throughout October, some of the best mystery and true-crime authors will be visiting us, including:

All of these author visits are open to all, free to attend, and require registration. Additionally, they’re all hosted at our Main Branch.

During our Mystery Month, you can also:

We also have mystery programs for all ages and at all of our branches, so visit our event calendar to see which intrigue you.

09 4, 2019

Discover history through games

By |2019-09-04T06:00:04-04:00September 4, 2019|

Kids play the game of graces on the library lawn.

Kids play the game of graces on the library lawn.

As part of our 200th anniversary, we’re hosting a pair of programs where kids can learn about history through games.

First, children can play the Township Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at our Main Branch. Kids in third through sixth grade can develop a frontier community using a map and legend, along with their knowledge of natural resources.

While playing and building their own township, the kids will learn about the history of the Western Reserve and the Northwest Ordinance.

The game is free to play. We only require that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Next, kids can play old-fashioned games at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at our Headlands Branch. They’ll play classics like croquet, drop the handkerchief, bocce, and the game of graces.

This program is also free to attend. Once again, we require registration, which opens Sept. 14.

Both of these programs are hosted with support from our partners at the Lake County History Center.

 

08 8, 2019

The story of the Willoughby chemical weapons plant

By |2019-08-08T06:00:40-04:00August 8, 2019|

Lewisite_poster_ww2Did you know that Willoughby housed a chemical weapons plant during World War I?

Learn more about this surprising piece of local history during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at our Main Branch.

Jeffrey Frischkorn, former writer for The News-Herald, will discuss the history of the Ben-Hur Motor Company plant (later home to the Ohio Rubber Company) that was converted to a chemical weapons plant during World War I.

Frishkorn will guide you through 100 years of Lake County history to tell the story of the top-secret chemical weapon agent called lewisite.

This program hosted in partnership with the Lake County History Center. It is free to attend and open to all. We only ask that you register to attend. You can sign up online at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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