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LUNCH WITH BOOKS: Archiving Wheeling Presents: Lesser Known Legends of Wheeling - Mabel Hull

June 29, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm

LUNCH WITH BOOKS: Archiving Wheeling Presents: Lesser Known Legends of Wheeling - Mabel Hull

This program will be presented in-person in the Library Auditorium and broadcast online livestream.

Mabel M. Hull was a local newspaper reporter who wrote about African American life for the Wheeling Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register from the 1940s through the early 1960s.  She also wrote a column entitled “Breezes from Wheeling” which was published in the Pittsburgh Courier, the influential African American newspaper published in Pittsburgh. Emma Wiley, an AmeriCorps member currently serving with Wheeling Heritage and volunteer in the OCPL Archives, will tell us about the life of Mabel Hull. 

In addition to being in-person in the Library auditorium, this program will be available to watch live on Facebook Live, on YouTube, and on the OCPL website's LWB Livestream page Log into your Facebook or YouTube account during the program to leave questions for Emma in the comments box. She will answer them during the live broadcast. 

Tuesday | June 29, 2021 at noon
LWB LIVESTREAM: Archiving Wheeling Presents - Lesser-Known Legends: Mabel Hull

During the 1940s to 60s, Mabel Hull was a correspondent at both the Wheeling News-Register and The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the most popular Black newspapers of the 20th century. Mabel covered the latest society news from Wheeling's African American community.

PRESENTER BIO: Emma Wiley, originally from Falls Church, Virginia, is an AmeriCorps member currently serving with Wheeling Heritage researching and writing historical content for Weelunk. Emma has a B.A. in History from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and is passionate about connecting communities, history, and social justice.

FEATURED COLLECTION: The Mabel M. Hull Scrapbooks, OCPL Archives

ScrapbooksPart of the OCPL Archives and Special Collections, this collection consists of five scrapbooks compiled by Mabel Hull which contain clippings of her columns from both the Wheeling papers and the Pittsburgh Courier.  Her dispatches — documenting African American life in mid-century Wheeling — report on prominent African American leaders visiting Wheeling, notable church activities, weddings, and other social activities.  Several of the institutions often mentioned include the Blue Triangle Branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA), Lincoln School, Wayman AME Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, and the Wheeling branch of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Archiving Wheeling logoABOUT ARCHIVING WHEELING:
Archiving Wheeling is an online community designed to showcase the local and regional history collections of the Ohio County Public Library and its heritage partners through powerful storytelling. The mission of Archiving Wheeling is to virtually connect these collections, providing a web-based community archive to facilitate access, by researchers and the general public, to materials that document the rich history of our region. It is hoped that greater public awareness of what is available will encourage people to consider donating important archival materials to the appropriate local organization so that these historically significant materials can be properly preserved, housed, and accessed locally, where they originated and where they belong.

Visit Archiving Wheeling at

Lunch With Books starts at noon in the Library Auditorium and Livestream at noon on Facebook and YouTube.

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"Lunch With Books" is the library’s flagship program for adult patrons. These lunchtime programs feature authors, poets, musicians, historians, and more every Tuesday at noon. Bring lunch (to your computer), feed your brain!

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