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Lorain Public Library System Explored Local History And Featured Neil Zurcher of One Tank Trips!

7/16/2013 -- Travel through time with us as we explore our local history.

 

Lorain Public Library System along with nine public libraries of Lorain County hosted the third biennial Lorain County Reads countywide literary project.

 

The celebration spanned local history, authors and travel, and featured Neil Zurcher of One Tank Trips!

 

Thank you for celebrating Lorain County with us as Neil Zurcher, beloved travel reporter from northeast Ohio (along with his 1959 Nash Metropolitan), talked about local history, shared his traveling experiences and entertained us Thursday, Oct. 24 at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center Grand Room, located at 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

Lorain Public Library System Libraries also offered a variety of highly educational and fascinating programs of our rich local history.

 

 
Exploring History and Local History Events

 

Discover North Ridgeville History

North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville

Monday, September 23 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Whether you are new to the community or have lived in North Ridgeville all your life, adults and families can learn about the local history. Find out how the area was settled in 1810 by a group of men who walked all the way from Connecticut to a wilderness forest and swampland. View pictures of buildings, the interurban, one-room schools, churches and other places that may or may not exist today. This one-hour program will be presented by Karen Sigsworth, Branch Librarian Supervisor and North Ridgeville Historical Society member. For more information, call the North Ridgeville Branch Library at 440-327-8326.

 

Those Eerie Victorians

Domonkas Branch Library, 4125 E. Lake Road, Sheffield Lake

Wednesday, October 16 from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Adults learn about some of the strange and occult beliefs and practices of the Victorian era from a member of the Lorain County Historical Society. For more information, call the Domonkas Branch Library at 440-949-7410.

 

Third Biennial Lorain County Reads With Neil Zurcher

Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035

Thursday, October 24 at 2 p.m.

The public libraries of Lorain County are hosting the third biennial Lorain County Reads event celebrating local history, authors and travel. Celebrate Lorain County with us as Neil Zurcher, beloved travel reporter from northeast Ohio (along with his 1959 Nash Metropolitan), will entertain us in the Spitzer Conference Center’s Grand Room on the campus of Lorain County Community College. Carpooling is suggested due to scheduled road construction on Abbe Road. Space is limited. Registration is required. Please register for this event by calling the Lorain Public Library System at 1-800-322-READ.

 

Native Americans In Lorain County

Domonkas Branch Library, 4125 E. Lake Road, Sheffield Lake

Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Adults are invited to attend an informative presentation by the Lorain County Historical Society. Artifacts show the way of life of the Woodlands tribes of Lorain County. Included is the story of Scoouwa, the true story of James Smith’s days in Lorain County as a captive of the Wyandots. For more information, call the Domonkas Branch Library at 440-949-7410.

 

Native Americans In Lorain County

North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville

Thursday, November 21 from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Adults are invited to attend an informative presentation by the Lorain County Historical Society education staff. Artifacts showing the way of life of the Woodland tribes of Lorain County will be displayed. The program will include the story of Scoouwa, the true account of James Smith’s days in Lorain County as a captive of the Wyandots. For more information, call the North Ridgeville Branch Library at 440-327-8326.

 

 
Previous Events: 

 

The Underground Railroad: The Lorain County Connection
Main Library, 351 W. Sixth St., Lorain
Thursday, June 20 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Lorain, formerly known as Charleston, was also known as Stop #100 on the Underground Railroad that led from southern Ohio to the shores of Lake Erie. Oberlin may be better known as a hotbed of abolitionist activity in the years before the Civil War, but Oberlin was not the only location in Lorain County that had residents who aided escaping slaves. Come to this local history program to view photos and hear about the Lorain County connection to the Underground Railroad.
Preregistration is required by calling the Main Library at 440-244-1192 or 1-800-322-READ, ext. 450.
 

Shipwrecks Of Lake Erie – Fire, Storm, Collision
Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon
Thursday, June 20 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lake Erie has perhaps the largest concentration of shipwrecks per square mile of any body of water in the world. From the 1700s to the present, a variety of military and commercial vessels have been lost on her waters. Join Georgann and Mike Wachter as they explore wreck types, with their stories in chronological order.
For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at 440-934-4743.
 

Local History: Lorain Tornado
Main Library, 351 W. Sixth St., Lorain
Thursday, June 27 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Seventy-two people were killed during the tornado that devastated Lorain on June 28, 1924. Come to a pictorial presentation that reviews that fateful day and learn about the killer storm that came from Lake Erie and tore a three-mile path through downtown Lorain.
Preregistration is required by calling the Main Library at 440-244-1192 or 1-800-322-READ, ext. 450.
 

Erie Lights And Lighthouse Lore
North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville
Thursday, June 27 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
What stories can lighthouses tell? Are some haunted? Have some been silent sentinels witnessing tragedy or romance? Georgann and Mike Wachter will take a look at how lighthouses operate and when they were built at this free program sponsored by The Friends of the North Ridgeville Branch Library, Inc.
For more information, call the North Ridgeville Branch Library at 440-327-8326.
 

Ulysses S. Grant – Civil War
Main Library, 351 W. Sixth St., Lorain
Saturday, June 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Civil War is brought to life at your Library as we continue to remember the 150th anniversary of this bloody American conflict. Join Ulysses S. Grant re-enactor Kenneth Bach as he describes General Grant’s experiences during the Civil War.
Preregistration is required by calling the Main Library at 440-244-1192 or 1-800-322-READ, ext. 450.
 

History Of Northeast Ohio Amusement Parks
Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon
Wednesday, July 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Do you remember Euclid Beach, Crystal Beach, or just love the experience of a great amusement park ride? Maria Surovy will take you on a trip down memory lane as she discusses the history of Ohio’s amusement parks, with a focus on parks that once existed in northeast Ohio and the parks that influenced their creation.
For more information, call the Avon Branch Library at 440-934-4743.
 

Sears Catalog Houses In The Lorain County Area
North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville
Thursday, July 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Between 1908 and 1940, Sears sold about 70,000 kit homes in 48 states through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Come to this program to see photos of Sears and other catalog houses found in the Lorain County area. For more information, call the North Ridgeville Branch Library at 440-327-8326. Local History: Sears Catalog Houses In The Lorain Area Main Library, 351 W. Sixth St., Lorain Thursday, July 25 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Between 1908 and 1940, Sears sold more than 70,000 kit homes in 48 states through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Come to this program to see photos of Sears, and other catalog houses, found in the Lorain area.
Preregistration is required by calling the Main Library at 440-244-1192 or 1-800-322-READ, ext. 450.
 

Local History: Sears Catalog Houses In The Lorain Area
Main Library, 351 W. Sixth St., Lorain
Thursday, July 25 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Between 1908 and 1940, Sears sold more than 70,000 kit homes in 48 states through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Come to this program to see photos of Sears, and other catalog houses, found in the Lorain area.
Preregistration is required by calling the Main Library at 440-244-1192 or 1-800-322-READ, ext. 450.

 

Local History: Lorain Then And Now

Main Library, 351 W. Sixth St., Lorain

Thursday, August 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Lorain’s first post office was a corner of the trading post at the mouth of the Black River. Come to this program to learn more about Lorain history going back over 200 years. Preregistration is required by calling the Main Library at 440-244-1192 or 1-800-322-READ, ext. 450.

 

Civil War 150th Anniversary

Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon

Monday, September 16 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Look back 150 years and review 1863 American Civil War events including Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Hear about some interesting Ohio events of the war such as the Great Locomotive Chase and Morgan’s Raid. Preregistration is required by calling the Avon Branch Library at 440-934-4743.

 

Early Schools In Lorain County

Domonkas Branch Library, 4125 E. Lake Road, Sheffield Lake

Wednesday, September 18 from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Adults enjoy a special portable suitcase museum presentation given by the Lorain County Historical Society. Learn what schools were like in Lorain County from 1807 to the early 1900s with interesting information and artifacts from the era. For more information, call the Domonkas Branch Library at 440-949-7410.

 

Those Eerie Victorians

North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville

Thursday, September 19 from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Adults are invited to learn about some of the strange and occult beliefs and practices of the Victorian era, presented by the education staff of the Lorain County Historical Society. For more information, call the North Ridgeville Branch Library at 440-327-8326.