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Lunch With Books: From the Vault

Lunch With Books From the Vault

OCPL has started an initiative to release a new "Lunch With Books from the Vault" every Tuesday since the closing of the Library on March 15, 2020, due to concerns over the potential spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. 

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Tuesday | August 4, 2020
From the Vault: "The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: August 1945" with author Dr. Dennis Wainstock. Originally presented Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. As a recognition of the 75 years since the bombing, we offer this Lunch With Books from the vault in which both an American and a Japanese view of the political, diplomatic, and military currents that influenced Japan's attempts to surrender and the United States's decision to drop the atomic bombs were discussed.

Tuesday | July 30, 2020
From the Vault: "The USS Indianapolis - A Survivor's Story" with Wheeling's own Paul McGinnis. Originally presented on September 25th, 2007

Lunch With Books was very honored to host Wheeling resident and distinguished WWII veteran Paul McGinnis back in 2007. A large audience assembled to hear a harrowing and touching story of survival.

Mr. McGinnis also shared his survival story in the form of an oral history. His interview, conducted by Sean Duffy and Jeff Rutherford at the Ohio County Public Library, April 26. 2011, is now a part of the Wheeling Memory Project.

Tuesday | July 14, 2020
From the Vault: "A History of Ye Olde Alpha" with presenter Ron Miller. Originally presented on October 14, 2008.

Ron Miller presented a program on the Ye Olde Alpha restaurant and bar at LWB back in 2008. Mr. Miller, whose family owned The Alpha for over 70 years, shared the storied history of the legendary Wheeling establishment with LWB attendees.

Tuesday | July 7, 2020
From the Vault: Street Car Days in Wheeling with Jack Syphers. Originally presented on August 11, 2009.

Jack Syphers (August 9, 1920 - April 6, 2015), one of Wheeling’s last living trolley car men (see, visited us at Lunch With Books on Tuesday, August 11, 2009, to share his memories of a lost era: Street Car Days in Wheeling.

Tuesday | June 30, 2020
From the Vault: People's University: American History 1 - Class 3, "The American Revolution" with Dr. Richard Owens. Originally presented on August 28, 2012.

This week, in time for July 4, Independence Day, we offer a program from the People's U video vault. Dr. Richard Owens, Professor of History, West Liberty University, covered the "American Revolution" for the People's University series, American History 1, which surveyed the important events and people of the pre-colonial, colonial, and Founding periods.

Tuesday | June 23, 2020
From the Vault: Mozart Park, originally presented by Ryan Stanton, October 11, 2011.

Henry Schmulbach researcher Ryan Stanton presented a history of Mozart Park, including Schmulbach’s incline and the casino.

Tuesday | June 16, 2020
From the Vault:  "A History of Bloch Brothers Tobacco," originally presented by Stuart Bloch, April 27, 2010.

In 2010, Stuart Bloch joined us to discuss the history of his family’s world-famous business: Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company, makers of stogies and Mail Pouch chew, a product famously promoted with iconic, painted barns that still dot the U.S. landscape.

Tuesday | June 9, 2020
From the Vault:  People's University: WWII - "Blitzkrieg, Bombs, and Battles: The Road to D-Day" with Dr. Gary Kappel. Originally presented on June 12, 2018.

In Sept. 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, and World War II officially began. Western technological advances had brought about the most destructive war in human history as the Axis nations (Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan) fought the Allied nations (Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and later, the U.S.) in the European, the Pacific, and the Mediterranean, African & Middle East Theatres. The pivotal Battle of Normandy, beginning with the June 6th D-Day invasion in 1944, marked the beginning of the end of war in Europe.

Tuesday | June 2, 2020
From the Vault: "A Look at Our Past...A Glimpse Into Our Future" with Diana L. Bell, LSW, Racial Justice Director at the YWCA in Wheeling. Originally presented Tuesday, February 23, 2010.

In her opening statements in this week's Lunch With Books From the Vault from 2010, Diana Bell, then Racial Justice Director at the YWCA in Wheeling, states "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it." Her presentation, “A Look at our Past...A Glimpse into our Future,” gave an overview of African American History in the United States and the microcosm of Wheeling as well. In dialogue with the audience, she talks about the fact that, even in Wheeling, there is a need for African American parents to give their children instructions on how to interact in the community for safety, how "separate but equal" was never equal, and the necessity to create an even playing field to move forward in the movement to eliminate racism. Ten years later, it is disheartening to see that we are still, as a nation, dealing with issues we should have resolved long ago. As an institution whose mission is to provide free and equal access to resources to everyone in our community, the Ohio County Public Library stands in solidarity with those working to combat inequality and institutionalized racism. Let's learn from history and not just hope for, but create a better future.

Tuesday | May 26, 2020
From the Vault:  American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor with ADBC Museum Curator Jim Brockman.
Originally presented Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Captured by the Japanese following their conquest of the Philippines in 1942, thousands of American military personnel died while imprisoned under horrific conditions. The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum, located in the Brooke County Library in Wellsburg, WV, is the official national archive, designated as such by the ADBC, of artifacts and documents donated by the survivors and their descendants. Museum Curator Jim Brockman gave a history of the Bataan Death March and shared artifacts from the ADBC Museum.

Tuesday | May 19, 2020
From the Vault:  "Library Memories" hosted by WV Poet Laureate, Marc Harshman.
Originally presented Friday, April 19, 2013.

The Ohio County Public Library opened its current location at 52 16th Street in Wheeling, WV on May 19, 1973. Back in 2013, celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of the door opening at 16th Street and as part of our National Library Week celebration, the Library hosted a special Friday program devoted to the most cherished memories of the OCPL or any library that impacted our patrons' lives. Hosted by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, memories, poems, and other writings about the importance of libraries and the love of reading were shared. Even WV Governor Tomblin sent us a special message just for this event!

Tuesday | May 5, 2020 (Cinco de Mayo!)
From the Vault:  "Latin Music" played by Diamante Trio with Brazilian songstress Lilly Abreu.
Originally presented Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

To get the Lunch With Books crowd in the Cinco de Mayo mood, the Diamante Trio visited us at the Ohio County Public Library, Tuesday, May 1, 2018, serenading us with the Latin American spirit. Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Westmoreland Symphony musicians form this ensemble that features all styles of music from Latin America. Brazilian songstress Lilly Abreu, also from Pittsburgh Opera, sang in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and shared information about the languages, the songs, and the composers in this Lunch With Books Cinco de Mayo treat.

Tuesday | April 28, 2020
From the Vault:  "The Benwood Mine Disaster Remembered" with Joseph Tellitocci Jr.
Originally presented Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

Joseph A. Tellitocci of Boggs Run, Benwood, WV has done extensive research on the Benwood Mine Disaster of April 28, 1924 in which 119 men— mostly Polish, Italian, and Hungarian immigrants— lost their lives. Among those killed was Istvan (Stephen) Vargo, Mr. Tellitocci’s great-grandfather. 

Monday | April 27, 2020
From the Vault:  "The Sultana Disaster" with Kate Quinn.
Originally presented Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

On April 21, 1865 the steamer Sultana left New Orleans with 2000 men on board. Most were Union soldiers that had been released from Confederate prison camps. The U.S. Government had contracted the boat to return the men to their homes in the North. Several of those men were from Wheeling. At 2 a.m. on April 27, the boilers exploded killing 1,547 men. The boat's legal capacity was 376. Through pictures and words, the Library's great friend, Kate Quinn (February 25, 1946 - January 22, 2018), told the moving story of the Sultana Disaster.

Tuesday | April 21, 2020
From the Vault:  "Passing the Music Down" - with author Sarah Sullivan with old-time fiddle music.
Originally presented Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

West Virginia children's book writer, Sarah Sullivan, visited the Ohio County Public Library as part of the "Lunch With Books" series, Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, joined by musicians Richard Pollack and Scott Black, from the local Cabin Fever String Band. Sullivan spoke about her latest book, "Passing the Music Down, and Pollack and Black accompanied with old-time fiddle music.

Tuesday | April 14, 2020
From the Vault: "Abraham Lincoln: Reflections, 150 Years" with David Thomas, Roger Hoard (guitar), and Allegro Dance. Originally presented Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

At 10:05 pm, April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth while attending the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. 150 years later, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, we honored Lincoln at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, Wheeling, WV, with a program of reflections on the life, death, and legacy of the 16th president in poetry, song, and dance. 

Tuesday | April 7, 2020
From the Vault: "The Hard Way on Purpose" with author David Giffels.
Originally presented Tuesday, July 2, 2014.

Author David Giffels joined us at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, July 2, 2014, to discuss his book "The Hard Way on Purpose," a collection of linked essays about the quirky, hard-bitten cultural landscape of the Rust Belt and the people who thrive there.

Tuesday | March 31, 2020
From the Vault: "Murder Never Dies" with author and researcher George Sidiropolis.
Originally presented Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

Today we're stepping back in the time machine to Valentine's Day, 2017, to bring back one of our highest attended programs (220 people!) Please enjoy George Sidiropolis, author and researcher of the book "Murder Never Dies" talking about "Crime and Corruption in the Friendly City."

Tuesday | March 24, 2020
From the Vault: "Ladies For Liberty - WWII-Era Music in the Andrews Sisters Style"
Originally presented Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

We thought everyone might like a little "sentimental journey" while we're all practicing our social distancing, so we took things back to July 3, 2018 when the fantastic Ladies for Liberty visited us for a very nostalgic and patriotic Lunch With Books.

Tuesday | March 17, 2020 
From the Vault: "The Irish Easter Rising: Remembering the Poet's Rebellion of 1916" 
Originally presented Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Tuesday | March 17, 2020  - BONUS EPISODE!
From the Vault: "The Wheeling Irish" presented by Margaret Brennan.
Originally presented Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

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