Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Presenter: Dr. Pat Bray
- 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: Tragedy and Triumph: Ray Chapman and the 1920 Cleveland Indians
Presenter: Dennis R. Sutcliffe
Mr. Sutcliffe did an excellent job taking us back to the 1920 season of the Cleveland Indians. Most of us knew that 1920 was the first World Series win for the Indians and that it also was the year Ray Chapman died in the only on-field death of a baseball player. Mr. Sutcliffe took those basic facts and turned them into a story — a true story. Ray Chapman’s death became more than the death of a very good baseball player. It became the death of a young man with a rare talent and a personal life — a personal life that was just beginning to bloom.
It is interesting to note that one of his primary sources was the book authored by our own Scott Longert.
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, February 8: Hamlin and Johnson: Lincoln’s Two Vice-Presidents. Hamlin and Johnson were very opposite people and it is interesting to speculate on how history would have changed had Hamlin succeeded Lincoln. William Vodrey of the Cleveland Round Table will give this talk.
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.