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Ohio County Library announces events

May 30, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming programs.

They include:

noon Tuesday, "I Will Go to the Altar of God." The Rev. Marian Mazgaj will be at Lunch With Books to discuss his autobiography, "I Will Go to the Altar of God: What It Took to Become a Priest in Communist Poland." During World War II, Mazgaj took part in the combat against German forces with the Polish Home Army.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Call the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for information.

7 p.m. Tuesday, "The People's University: American History II: The Civil War and Statehood." Kristopher White of Pittsburgh will instruct.

White is a former staff military historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and co-author of "Chancellorsville's Forgotten Second Front: The Second Battle of Fredericksburg, Salem Church," "A Season of Slaughter: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House" and "Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862." White's class will cover events from 1863-1865, including the key military strategies and tactics that developed during the last half of the war; the military drafts; the wartime monetary inflation; civilian responses to the war; and turning points during 1863, 1864 and 1865.

People's University programs are free and open to the public. To register, call the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit facebook.com /lunchwithbooks for information.

noon June 11, "Book Launch: 'Hillside Fields: A History of Sports in West Virginia.'" Author Bob Barnett will be at Lunch With Books for the official launch of his new book, "Hillside Fields: A History of Sports in West Virginia" from West Virginia University Press.

Barnett chose Wheeling because of its rich sports tradition in the state. The book chronicles the famous athletic triumphs and losses of local heroes and teams, recording the struggles of a small state competing alongside larger rivals. Barnett has published more than 300 articles in publications such as Saturday Evening Post, American National Biography, the Washington Post, Sports Heritage and the Dallas Cowboy News, has been a section editor for the Journal of Sport History and the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, and wrote two documentaries for West Virginia Public Television.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Call (304) 232-0244 for information.

7 p.m. June 11, "The People's University American History II: The Civil War and Statehood." Dr. Jeanne Finstein, an amateur historian with special interests in Wheeling and the Civil War, will instruct. She is Friends of Wheeling president, Wheeling Civil War 150 Committee member, Upper Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable member and Wheeling Area Genealogical Society member.

The class will explore Wheeling's role in wartime events - militarily, economically and politically, including a look at important locations and buildings in Wheeling during the war years, some of which still remain. The story will then focus on some of the local people whose efforts changed history.

People's University programs are free and open to the public. To register, call the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for information.

noon June 18, "Secession in Favor of the Constitution." David Zimring will be at Lunch With Books to present "Secession in Favor of the Constitution: How West Virginia Justified Separate Statehood during the Civil War." Held in partnership with the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp., the program is part of the Wheeling Civil War 150 Sesquicentennial observance. Zimring earned his doctorate's degree from the University of Virginia and is a professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also taught Civil War history at Virginia Tech. His paper on the subject of West Virginia statehood was published in "West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies." He has presented at the Society of Civil War Historians Conference in Lexington, Ky., and Appomattox Courthouse, Appomattox, Va.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Call the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for information.

7 p.m. June 18, "The People's University American History II: The Civil War and Statehood." David Javersak will give the presentation "The Wheeling Conventions" as part of Wheeling's Statehood Sesquicentennial observance. His lecture will answer key questions such as: Why did Western Virginians opposed to Virginia's secession from the Union choose Wheeling for their conventions? How and why did they create a Reorganized Government of Virginia? And how did a new state evolve from the deliberations at Wheeling's Custom House?

People's University programs are free and open to the public. To register, call the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit facebook. com/lunchwithbooks for information.

 
 

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