Next Meeting: December 9, 2014
Presenter: Marian King as Mary Todd Lincoln
As is usual at our December meeting, members are invited to bring guests. Because of this it is very important to make reservations with Mike Sears as noted below, indicating the number of persons who will attend.
- Canteen at 6:00 PM — Dinner at 6:50 PM
- Note New Location — Pine Ridge Country Club, 30601 Ridge Road (Ohio 84), Wickliffe, OH (1/2 mile west of Ohio 91)
- Cost $25.00 for an excellent family-style dinner and speaker. Cash bar.
- Reservations are required. Contact Mike Sears at 440-257-3956 or email email@example.com. Please indicate the number of persons attending
Last Meeting: November 11, 2014
Topic: Stand Fast to Union and Old Flag: Re-electing Abe Lincoln, 1864
Presenter: Todd Arrington
As expected, Todd gave a well structured, informative, and entertaining presentation. He added a significant amount of new information to our knowledge surrounding the 1864 presidential race. Perhaps more significantly, he made a good case for questioning the assumption (even by Lincoln) that Lincoln would have lost badly had there not been important Union victories just prior to the election. He pointed to problems the Democratic party handed to George McClellan, their presidential candidate. McClellan was a war Democrat, but the party saddled him with a peace-at-any-cost platform. McClellan boosters had a difficult time meshing their candidate’s views with the platform he ran on. The platform, in all probability, also robbed McClellan of many votes from the soldiers who, despite their love of Little Mac, could not vote to end a war they and their comrades had already given so much to win.
Putting forth a new twist on established thinking in this way always makes for a thought provoking and stimulating presentation. Todd did that for us.
Our president, Carl Dodaro, took advantage of our meeting falling on Veterans Day and did something he’d wanted to do for some time: he asked all our veterans to tell us about their service. They responded with a diverse set of experiences ranging as far back as World War II — and gave all of us an opportunity to thank them for what they did. Our thanks to our veterans and to Carl for giving us the opportunity to learn more about our compatriots.
2014 Spring Outing
On May 31, a large number of NEOCWRT members and their guests convened at the State Theater for a tour of Playhouse Square, the second largest theater district in the U.S.. We got a behind-the-scenes look at three of the four theaters that comprise this thriving and active cultural center. These refurbished theaters are fascinating and historic. We also got a great view of the new twenty-foot chandelier and entry arches that grace the area.
After an excellent lunch at the historic Inn of the Barristers on West 3rd Street, we took the short walk to the Cleveland Police Museum in the Justice Center. Cleveland has had its share of notorious events and interesting characters, from the unsolved Kingsbury Run murders, also known as the “Torso Killings”, to Eliot Ness, the Prohibition Era, and much more. This small museum was surprisingly interesting, and it was made even more interesting by our guide, a retired police sergeant whose wit, insight, and selective reverence for “the brass” made for a very enjoyable visit. He even provided an insider’s understanding and solution to the technically unsolved Torso murders.
It was a very popular and successful spring outing.
Civil War Symposium
This marks our third year co-operating with the folks at James A. Garfield National Historic Site to present a Civil War symposium to lead into their Civil War encampment. This year, the lead speaker was one of their reenactors, General Ulysses S. Grant. After a brief break for refreshments, provided by our organization, our own Arlan Byrne and his daughter Becky presented Cavalry in the Civil War. This is not the first talk they have done together, nor is this the first time they have given this talk (see below). As usual, they did an excellent job providing information with humor. Arlan also manages to provide an advertisement for local historical societies.
This has proven to be an excellent opportunity to showcase some of our speakers and we hope the program continues next year.
Arlan Byrne presents Cavalry in the Civil War as part of the Great Battles of the Civil War series
The presentations are held the second Wednesday of each month at noon in the James A. Garfield Community Room of the Mentor Public Library. The next presentation is The Battle of Nashville on December 10, 2014 at noon in the James A. Garfield Community Room.