Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Subject: Tragedy and Triumph: Ray Chapman and the 1920 Cleveland Indians
Presenter: Dennis R. Sutcliffe
Mr. Sutcliffe’s history is tied to northeastern Ohio. He graduated from Benedictine High School, received his BBA and MBA from Cleveland State, spent much of his working life at Progressive Insurance, and currently lives in Cleveland Heights. He has self-published seven books.
Just about everyone knows the tragedy surrounding Ray Chapman, but there is more to the story. A counterpoint to his death is the story of the Cleveland Indians first World Series championship. It should be an interesting talk.
- Canteen at 6:00 PM — Dinner at 6:45 PM
- 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.
Subject: Wartime Christmas Songs
Presenters: Mary Lintern and Alan Gephardt
Mary Lintern provided the interesting tales behind selected Christmas songs from the Civil War to World War II. Alan Gephardt did a great job singing many of those songs a capella. The audience enjoyed this program that was both informative and entertaining. Some even overcame their modesty and joined in singing.
Our Spring Outing took place on Saturday, May 21. Member Paul Siedel created and led a three-hour tour of Cleveland sites with Civil War connections, including Woodland Cemetery. Paul provided a wealth of information during the tour, which he handled very well.
Lunch followed at Merwin’s Wharf Restaurant with its fine food. Merwin’s Wharf is located in Merwin’s Landing, the small metropark right on the Cuyahoga River.
Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 were the dates for this year’s Civil War encampment at James A. Garfield National Historical Site and the accompanying Civil War Symposium. Featured speaker this year was John C. Fazio, author, speaker, and member of the Cleveland Round Table. His talks were followed by a panel discussion turned Civil War quiz contestant featuring members of the James A. Garfield NHS staff and our own round table. Member and semi-retired Judge Mitrovich served as moderator.
Lunchtime Series: Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War
This series of talks has been so successful that the Mentor Public Library and James A. Garfield Historical Site have decided to continue the talks. Rather than relying on battles, the emphasis has been switched and the title of the series changed to Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War.
January’s presentation is on Wednesday, January 11: Stand Fast to the Union and the Old Flag: Reelecting Lincoln in 1864. Initially, the election of 1864 was not a foregone conclusion. This talk reflects on the campaigns and the factors that influenced the election.
These talks normally take place on the second Wednesday of the month, at noon in the James A. Garfield Community Room of the Mentor Public Library. Talks are scheduled to last about one hour. Attendees are invited to bring their bag lunches.