10 16, 2020

The Connection between President Eisenhower & Gettysburg

By |2020-10-16T10:00:42-04:00October 16, 2020|

President Eisenhower had a special relationship with the town and famous battlefield of Gettysburg, going back to his days in Camp Colt. Learn about it here from Todd Arrington, the site directory for the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. (You can also learn about Arrington’s connection to both Gettysburg and Eisenhower.)

Our monthly Civil War series with James A. Garfield National Historic Site continues at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The topic will be President Lincoln’s contentious and close reelection campaign of 1864. The talk will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

In the meantime, you can visit our YouTube channel for more programs on our nation’s history. We have lectures on both President Eisenhower and the Battle of Gettysburg that you can watch at your convenience.

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.

05 20, 2020

Revisit the Battle of Midway during special online program

By |2020-05-20T13:47:21-04:00May 20, 2020|

Rediscover the Battle of Midway during a special program to commemorate its 78th anniversary.

Rediscover the Battle of Midway during a special program to commemorate its 78th anniversary.

Commemorate the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Midway by revisiting one of the pivotal moments in United States history during a special online program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4.

On June 4, 1942, the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy fought one of the key battles of World War II near Midway Island. The result would decide the fate of the war in the Pacific. Dr. John Foster, will tell the story of the battle and of the incredible heroism of the sailors and naval aviators who achieved victory that day.

Foster’s talk will be hosted on Zoom and is free to attend. However, registration is required on our event calendar. You can also call the library’s reference desk for assistance registering: 440-255-8811 ext. 216.

Once you register, details on how you can view the program will be emailed to you a day before the program is scheduled to begin. (If you don’t find the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.)

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, US Presidents of the 20th Century, and the Revolutionary War at our library.

02 23, 2020

Revisit the Battle of Midway

By |2020-02-23T06:00:56-05:00February 23, 2020|

In four minutes, the trajectory of World War II and the fate of the Pacific changed during the Battle of Midway.

Our resident historian, Dr. John Foster, tells the story of the battle and of the incredible heroism of the sailors and naval aviators who achieved victory that day.

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, US Presidents of the 20th Century, and the Revolutionary War at our library.

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