05 27, 2022

Take a trip to Bomb City, USA

By |2022-05-23T08:39:49-04:00May 27, 2022|

Learn about the bloody war between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Cleveland mafia during an explosive talk at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 13, at our Main Branch.

The battle was so fatal and explosive that it left Cleveland with the moniker “Bomb City, USA”” during the 1970s. Dennis Sutcliffe of Lost Cleveland will be our guide back to this wild time.

The program is free to attend and open to all. Registration is required. You can sign up online of call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 1.

If you’re interested in Cleveland’s history of organized crime, we have full programs and author talks that you can watch on our YouTube channel including:

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:

10 14, 2021

Explore the Urban Legends of Ohio

By |2021-10-14T06:00:17-04:00October 14, 2021|

Do sasquatch, Melon Heads, sea monsters, and other cryptids lurk near where we live? Explore the urban legends of Ohio during a special program at our Lake Branch.

Ohio is stuffed with frightening folktales and chilling legends. Have you heard of Cry Baby Bridge? Helltown? The Melon Heads that were rumored to live in Kirtland?

Our own Ms. Mollie will introduces you to the stories behind the legends of Mothman, the Monster of Minerva, the Lake Erie Monster, and more. She’ll also tell you about the state’s many Bigfoot sighting and the only known Witch Trial to occur in Ohio.

Her talk is free to attend and open to all. It will be 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at our Lake Branch. Space is limited, so registration is required. Sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

If you can’t get enough of local lore, our YouTube channel has authors sharing some of their favorite stories that they’ve researched:

10 4, 2021

Find the Mystery behind Lake County History

By |2021-10-04T06:00:40-04:00October 4, 2021|

Enjoy a program about Lake County History that combines the haunted and the historical.

You can discover the mystery behind an important part of Lake County’s history during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at our Lake Branch.

Learn the story behind the building that used to be the county poorhouse and now houses the Lake County History Center. Hear the stories of those who lived there and the legend of those who supposedly still haunt its halls. This talk will be presented by our friends from the Lake County History Center and is open to all.

Registration is required. People can sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

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:

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