The story of the Willoughby chemical weapons plant

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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