Wednesday, October 5, 2016: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of Cleveland’s East 4th Street

Short in length but long in memories, East 4th Street’s story has mirrored downtown Cleveland’s dynamic rise, decline, and rebirth. Once home to Cleveland’s finest theater, two major food markets, and numerous five-and-dime stores, Fourth Street fell into disrepair in the second half of the twentieth century. Yet, this historic thoroughfare found new life with the help of visionary leaders and today is the center of a chic entertainment and residential district – perhaps the coolest place in Cleveland. Speaker Alan Dutka is the author of several books on some of the most colorful neighborhoods of Cleveland’s past.


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016: Eyewitness to a President’s Assassination

Where were you on November 22, 1963? Paul Landis, tonight’s speaker, was in Dallas and today is one of the only two surviving Secret Service agents who personally witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A special agent from 1959 to 1964, his assignments included guarding former President Dwight Eisenhower’s grandchildren in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Caroline and John Kennedy, Jr., “Kiddie Detail,” and eventually guarding First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Landis’s talk will include comparisoins of the Secret Service then and now, and of course, his personal experiences and memories of the tragic events of more than half a century ago in Dallas.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017: The Architecture of Lakewood Public Library

Presentation by James Crawford. Along with the craftsmanship and artwork inside the Library's books, the buildings themselves are works of art. LibraryDirector James Crawford will discuss the storied architects and thier beautifullydesigned buildings, including Edward R. Tilton the architect of the original Carnegie library, and Abram Garfield, the son of President James Garfield, who renovated the Madison Branch. Crawford will also touch upon the artistic works that line the walls, such as Reed Thomason's mural of literary characters, David Deming's playful Lake and Wood and Richard Haas's murals inside the grand reading room. Let's not forget Transversion by Peter Diepenbrock, the 3,000-pound sculpture made of bronze and steel that stands on the northwest lawn of the Main Library.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017: Extra! Extra!! A History of Cleveland’s Front Pages

From 1818 to the present, Cleveland has never (well, hardly ever) been without a daily newspaper. John Vacha, an associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, will review the history of journalism in the Forest City. Covered will be such publications as the Cleveland Herald, Cleveland Leader, Cleveland Press, Cleveland News, and of course, The Plain Dealer. It is also the story of writers and editors, including Carles Browne (“Artemus Ward”), Edwin Cowles, Louis B. Seltzer, Connie Shultz, and cartoonists Ed Kuekes and Bill Roberts. Next year will mark the bicentennial of Cleveland’s first newspaper, so come and hear all about it!

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