Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Subject: Wartime Christmas Songs
Presenter: Mary Lintern and Alan Gephardt
Alan Gephardt is a ranger at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Mary Lintern is a member of our group as well as being a ranger. Their subject will be Wartime Christmas Songs — and attendees will be encouraged to sing along.
This is our holiday meeting, so members are encouraged to bring along a guest to enjoy our special holiday meal and an entertaining program of Christmas songs.
- 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: The Warren Commission Report, 50 Years Later
Presenter: Judge C. Ellen Connally, Ret.
Judge Connally began by reviewing previous assassination attempts on our presidents. In each case prior to Kennedy, circumstances provided closure for the public. The death of Lee Harvey Oswald prevented public review of the evidence through a trial and left the door open for speculation. Lyndon Johnson’s creation of the Warren Commission was his attempt to provide an impartial review of the facts and determine if Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
She then gave some background on Chief Justice Earl Warren, the reluctant head of the Commission. The Chief Justice had an excellent background for the job, but felt that it was not appropriate for the judiciary to take on such a role. That fact that he did is another example of LBJ’s ability to persuade.
Judge Connally then reviewed what the Commission did and found. In the process, she showed how the evidence they gathered discredits the speculation and conspiracy theories that have been put forward. She concluded that the Commission had done a thorough job and that their conclusion that Oswald had acted alone was well-supported by facts.
Judge Connally did an excellent job. Her presentation was well organized, flowed very well, and backed her conclusions.
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 into 2016. Rather than relying on battles, this year the emphasis has been switched and the title of the series changed to Leaders and Legacies of the Civil War.
December’s presentation is on Wednesday, December 15: Lee’s Old War Horse: General James Longstreet. Longstreet was Lee’s right hand man for much of the Civil War. Yet after the war, many former Confederates came to despise Longstreet. Learn more about his Civil War years and long postwar life!
Note that this talk is on the third 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.
Civil War Encore at the Mentor Library
Dave Lintern and Scott Longert, both frequent speakers at the Mentor Library Lunchtime Civil War series and members of our round table, have begun another series of talks, this time in the evening. Initially, the talks are reprises of presentations Dave or Scott gave at the lunchtime series, now provided at a time more people can attend. The next presentation, Seven Days to Appomattox, April 2-9, 1865, is Thursday, December 15. The talks are held in the Garfield Room on the lower level of the Mentor Library, on the Thursday after the lunchtime series (usually the second, but in this case the third, Thursday) at 6:30 PM, and are free and open to the public.
Dave and Scott are excellent presenters and the later time provides an opportunity for those who cannot attend the lunchtime series or who missed some of the talks to hear them. Members of our group who have a talk they would like to present at this series are encouraged to contact Dave or Scott.