01 21, 2021

Have a ball exploring past presidential parties

By |2021-01-21T19:00:01-05:00January 21, 2021|

How does Washington D.C. welcome new residents to the White House? With a ball, of course!

Explore the history of inaugural balls throughout America’s history with Allison Powell, a ranger from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor. Discover:

  • Whose inauguration got gate-crashed by a chicken?
  • Whose inauguration ended with “6,000 people clamoring for their clothes?”
  • And whose inauguration inadvertently featured dozens of frozen canaries?

By the way, we host a monthly Civil War program with our friends from the Garfield National Historic Site. Several of those talks can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

01 15, 2021

Major Battles of the Civil War: Mill Springs

By |2021-01-15T06:00:05-05:00January 15, 2021|

In the latest from our Civil War series with James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Ranger Rebecca revisits the Battle of Mill Springs, one of the first decisive Union victories in the key battleground of Kentucky.

She also explains the dangers of being a nearsighted Civil War general and describes how Mill Springs recently became a National Monument.

If you enjoy this, we have a pair of history of programs coming soon that you’ll love!

First, you can explore the history of inaugural balls during an online program we’re hosting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The speaker will be Allison Powell, a ranger from Garfield National Historic Site. Naturally, she’ll also highlight President Garfield’s ball at the Smithsonian Institution.

Then, our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 10. In honor of Black History Month, we’ll discuss the life of Frederick Douglass. The talk will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

Finally, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

01 3, 2021

Revisit (safely) the influenza pandemic of 1918

By |2021-01-03T06:00:41-05:00January 3, 2021|

Revisit (safely) one of the most fatal pandemics in human history. Discover why the illness was so deadly, where it might have originated – not Spain, despite being called the Spanish flu – why doctors still study it today, and how it may have indirectly led to World War II.

Ms. Hoffman from our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch also shares stories from the pandemic’s victims, including one with a family connection.

Visit our YouTube channel for more full programs on US history.


12 23, 2020

Mentor Library’s Cold War series concludes with focus on 1989

By |2020-12-23T19:00:18-05:00December 23, 2020|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster concludes his year-long series on the history of the Cold War with a focus on the climactic year of 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. Across a divided continent, people strove for freedom and tried to figure out what life would be like without the Iron Curtain. Learn how this pivotal moment still impacts European history.

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.

09 22, 2020

Discover Lake Erie ‘Riverside’ shipwreck

By |2020-09-22T06:00:08-04:00September 22, 2020|

Explore a sunken schooner and discover the great storm that downed it during an online program we’re hosting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Presenter Kevin Magee will discuss the storm of 1893 that sunk the Riverside in Lake Erie. All seven of its crew members and payload were lost on the way to Kelleys Island. More than a century late, the Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) located the shipwreck about 25 miles off of Cleveland. See photos of the preserved wreck and learn more about this remarkable ship and storm during Magee’s talk.

This program is free to watch and will be broadcast via Zoom. Registration is required. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

For more on local shipwrecks, watch our interview with shipwreck hunters and authors Georgann and Mike Wachter.

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