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New People's University - Wild, Wonderful, & Weird Stories of Wheeling - Starts April 9, 2019


Learn About the Lesser Known Legends of Wheeling with Some of Your Favorite Speakers

Join us for eight weeks of weird, wild, wacky, whimsical stories from wonderful Wheeling, including: Native American oddities; Frontier follies; Civil War conundrums; Victorian unconventionalities; Progressive Era incongruities; Political peculiarities; hotel hijinks; morbid mysteries; & more!


Tuesday, April 9 at 7 PM

“Weird Stories from Wheeling's Wild Frontier and Native History” 

People's U: Wheeling Stories, Class 1

From the unsolved mystery of the engraved Ohio County stone to the legend surrounding the Skull, Major Sam McColloch's fateful premonition, Lewis Wetzel spitting lead balls, Coon's war party, the Pots and Pans campaign of 77', the Okton evil spirit, and much more... 

Instructor: Alan Fitzpatrick


Tuesday, April 16 at 7 PM

“Victorian Era Mayhem and Murder” 

People's U: Wheeling Stories, Class 2

The title says a lot (Javersak will say the rest)...

Instructor: David Javersak


Tuesday, April 23 at 7 PM

“Weird Stories in early 20th Century Wheeling”

People's U: Wheeling Stories, Class 3

A mad dash for suffrage, odd immigrant stories, obscure strikes, and Communists...Oh My! 

Instructor: Hal Gorby


Tuesday, April 30 at 7 PM

“Weird Stories of Wheeling in the Civil War”

People's U: Wheeling Stories, Class 4

From a pillaged statue to a raid that never happened — a lightning round of bizarre Civil War stories...

Instructor: Jon-Erik Gilot


Tuesday, May 7 at 7 PM

"Odd Stories from Wheeling's Brewing History"

People's U: Wheeling Stories, Class 5

We all know Schmulbach and Reymann, but Ryan Stanton has a pint full of odd and quirky stories about beer brewing in Wheeling that you've probably never heard...

Instructor: Ryan Stanton


Tuesday, May 14 at 7 PM

“Wild Wheeling Politics”

People's U: Wheeling Stories, Class 6

From the watershed 1870 election to Nixon & Ike at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport...

Instructor: Joe Laker


Tuesday, May 21 at 7 PM

“Obscure McLure”

People's U: Wheeling Stories, Class 7

Historical oddities from Wheeling’s most storied hotel...

Instructor: Christina Fisanick


Tuesday, May 28 at 7 PM

“Weird Ways to Die in Wheeling”

People's U: Wheeling Stories, Class 8

Snippets of bizarre death tales from Wheeling’s leading cemetery enthusiast...

Instructor: Bekah Karelis


All programs are free and open to the public. Patrons may attend as many classes as they wish. There are no tests or other requirements. For more information about the People’s University please email the library, call us at 304-232-0244, or visit the Reference Desk.


Library-Sponsored Programs Policy

The purpose of Ohio County Public Library-sponsored programs is to provide education, information, and entertainment for library patrons. The Library reserves the right to exercise sole discretion in selecting and inviting presenters for its programs. In selecting presenters, the Library does not discriminate on account of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, religion, ancestry or national origin, and the views expressed by presenters of Library-sponsored programs, or by any person in attendance at the programs, do not necessarily reflect the views of the Library, its staff, and/or its representatives.