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.

07 9, 2018

Woodrow Wilson: The Rise of American Internationalism

By |2018-07-09T06:00:01-04:00July 9, 2018|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster continued his US Presidents of the 20th Century series last month with Woodrow Wilson.

We’ve filmed and shared his talk for those who couldn’t join us that night.

Nowadays, Wilson his best known for his failed attempt to launch the League of Nations after World War I. However, his platform and policies still affect both US and global politics. For example, it was his administration that pushed for the 19th Amendment, finally giving women the right to vote in this country.

So find out how Wilson went from failed lawyer to president of Princeton to president of the United States. (As a bonus, you can learn Taft’s favorite meal.)

Our series continues at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, with a focus on Harry S. Truman. The talk is free to attend and open to all.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, as well, including:

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