Next Meeting: January 13, 2015
Topic: The Intrepid Mariners: Kearsarge and the Alabama
Presenter: John C. Fazio
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the number of persons attending
Last Meeting: November 11, 2014
Presenter: Marian King as Mary Todd Lincoln
There is something special about a presentation where the presenter “is” the subject of the talk. It is a first person narrative, rather than a third person report. By definition, it is more personal — and more interesting. Members and their guests were treated to an hour with Mary Todd Lincoln in the picturesque ballroom of Pine Ridge Country Club.
It was a special, enjoyable evening for all.
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 The Battle of Nashville 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 will feature The 23rd and 42nd Ohio Regiments on January 14, 2015 at noon in the James A. Garfield Community Room.