The first entry in the new series, "Archiving Wheeling Presents: Lesser Known Legends of Wheeling," will feature Joseph Ray. Dr. Christina Fisanick will discuss the unusual life, times, and family of Valley Grove-born (1807) Joseph Ray, who grew up in a Quaker family on a farm near West Liberty. Always most interested in "ciphering," Ray went on to a brilliant teaching career and the authorship of the most popular series of math texts in the country during the 19th century, Ray's Arithmetic. The main series consisted of six core books: Primary Arithmetic, Intellectual Arithmetic, Practical Arithmetic, Higher Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and Higher Algebra. Ray’s teaching methods were so widely popular because they took difficult theories and concepts and applied them to everyday problems, such as how to determine the weight and cost of tea, coffee, and butter. Though his books faded in use in the 1920s, they have experienced a resurgence in popularity among homeschooling groups.
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 Christina in the comments box.
PRESENTER BIO: Dr. Christina Fisanick grew up in Moundsville, W.Va. and is a graduate of John Marshall High School. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from West Liberty in 1996, she went on to earn a master’s and a doctoral degree, both in English, from Ohio University in Athens. Fisanick is an Associate Professor of English at California University of Pennsylvania. She teaches writing, literature, and Honors courses. In 2010 she won the Cal U Excellence in Technology Award, brought several grants to the university, and regularly collaborates with the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. She has published dozens of academic and popular articles. In addition, she is the author of more than 30 books, including two memoirs. Two-Week Wait: Motherhood Lost and Found, explores her 20-year struggle to become a mother. Her other memoir, "The Optimistic Food Addict: Recovering from Binge Eating Disorder," takes a closer look at her decades-long battle with binge eating disorder.
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