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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 | October 13, 2020
From the Vault: Memoir: The Climb from Salt Lick with author Nancy Abrams
Originally presented Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

The 2020 Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books is all about memoirs, so we thought we'd feature a couple of memoirists in our Vault Videos leading up to the Nov. 7th livestream event. First up, The Climb from Salt Lick. In the mid-1970s, Nancy L. Abrams, a young photojournalist from the Midwest, plunged into life as a small-town reporter in West Virginia. Her memoir is the remarkable story of an outsider coming into adulthood in a unique place using words and pictures to tell the rich stories of those around her. Abrams shared how she learned how to survive in Appalachia—how to heat with coal and wood, how to chop kindling, plant a garden, and preserve produce. 

Tuesday | September 29, 2020
From the Vault: Constitution Day 2007 - Rebecca Harding Davis: Her Life and Legacy presented by Peg Brennan and Rebekah Karelis.
Originally presented Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Rebecca Harding Davis is best known for her gritty short story “Life in the Iron-Mills,” set in her native Wheeling, West Virginia. Far less is known of her later career among elite social circles in Philadelphia, New York, and Europe, or her relationships with American presidents and leading international figures in the worlds of literature and the stage. Wheeling historians Margaret Brennan and Rebekah Karelis shared the extraordinary life and examined Rebecca’s role as the leading member of the Davis family, a unique and nationally recognized family of writers that shaped the changing culture of later nineteenth-century literature and journalism. We bring you this vault video on the 110th anniversary of Davis's death, September 29, 1910, to celebrate the life and literature of the pioneer of literary realism in American literature.

Tuesday | September 22, 2020
From the Vault: Constitution Day 2007 - "Supreme Conflict" Book Review with Dr. Joe Laker
Originally presented Tuesday, September 18, 2007.

We are bringing you this LWB from the vault this week in tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020), the second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice. On Tuesday, September 18th, 2007, the Ohio County Public Library celebrated Constitution Day with Dr. Joe Laker, then Professor of History at Wheeling Jesuit University. Dr. Laker reviewed Jan Crawford Greenburg's 2007 book, Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle to Control the United States Supreme Court. The book is written for everyday readers, and includes an insider’s look at the personalities and political leanings of the justices who have been appointed to the nation’s highest Court in recent decades.

Friday | September 11, 2020
From the Vault: "September 11th Day of Remembrance" 
Originally presented Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

On September 11th, 2001, the course of American history changed. On the 17th anniversary of that traumatic day, we invited the community to join us as we paused to remember the lives of those lost and injured and to honor those who rose in service. Leading the remembrance were Rabbi Joshua Lief of Temple Shalom, West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, poet and the Rev. Bonnie Thurston, and Wheeling Symphony Orchestra principal cellist, Elisa Kohanski, for a program of prayer, poetry, music, and meditations upon peace and unity on this solemn day of remembrance.

Tuesday | September 8, 2020
From the Vault: REUTHER-POLLACK LABOR HERITAGE WEEK: Hazel Dickens—A tribute to the Labor Activist & Song Writer with Professor Richard Straw and singer Karen Collins. Originally presented Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

As part of the 2019 Reuther-Pollack Labor Heritage Week, Lunch With Books, in partnership with the WALS Foundation and the Reuther-Wheeling Labor History Archive, celebrated the life and music of the legendary West Virginia singer, songwriter, and union activist, Hazel Dickens. Smithsonian Folkways Magazine called Dickens “one of the most important bluegrass singers of the last fifty years...” The program, featuring Professor Richard Straw and singer Karen Collins, focused on Hazel's labor activism and related songs.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND SPECIAL  - Friday | September 4, 2020
From the Vault: "The Unbroken Circle" - Songs from the Coalfields with Tom Breiding. Originally presented Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

In honor of Labor Day, Wheeling native and teaching artist Tom Breiding delivered unique musical stories of life in American towns. This entertaining program pays homage to the laborers of our region who made great sacrifices to build our country. From the coalfields of West Virginia to Pittsburgh's steel mills, Tom shared his original compositions and traditional folk tales, featuring guitar, banjo, and harmonica. Tom taught our audience about early life in the coalfields, the struggles of the labor force to organize, and specific events surrounding the mine wars of 1921. He also delivered songs depicting generations of workers in the steel, coal, and glass industries of Pittsburgh and shared a small traveling museum with early mining artifacts, gear, scrip, etc. 

Thursday | September 3, 2020
From the Vault: "Crossroads of America: the 1840 Democratic Whig Convention in Wheeling" with CJ Kaiser. Originally presented Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

C.J. Kaiser will discuss a little-known event that took place in Wheeling, Va., 180 years ago today, September 3, 1840. The talk was inspired by an 1840 broadside promoting Wheeling as host for a regional Whig Party political rally advocating the election of William Henry Harrison as president and John Tyler as vice president of the United States. Their slogan was “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.” The talk explores Henry Clay’s connection to Wheeling and the prominent Wheeling men involved in organizing the Whig convention who would be divided by the familiar national issues that led to the Civil War.

Tuesday | August 25, 2020
From the Vault: REUTHER-POLLACK LABOR HERITAGE WEEK: Never Justice, Never Peace with Ginny Savage Ayers. Originally presented Tuesday, August 30, 2018.

Ginny Savage Ayers offered a narrative history of the Paint Creek–Cabin Creek Strike of 1912–13 that weaves together threads about organizer Mother Jones, the United Mine Workers union, politicians, coal companies, and Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency guards with the experiences of everyday men and women.

Tuesday | August 18, 2020
From the Vault: "West Virginia & the 19th Amendment - 100 years" with Dr. Katherine Antolini. Originally presented Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

March is Women’s History Month and on March 3, 2020, Dr. Katharine Antolini, professor of history and gender studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College, visited to help us observe the 100th anniversary of Congress passing the 19th Amendment recognizing, at long last, the right of women to vote. The amendment was ratified by the state of West Virginia on March 10, 1920, and ratified nationally - 100 years ago today - August 18, 2020. Professor Antolini examined the arguments against women’s suffrage that defeated the state referendum in 1916 and almost prevented its passage in West Virginia four years later.

Tuesday | August 4, 2020
From the Vault: "Their Houses" with author Meredith Sue Willis. Originally presented Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

By request, this week we bring you author Meredith Sue Willis, who joined us at Lunch With Books to discuss her new book, "Their Houses" (West Virginia University Press, 2018).

Tuesday | August 11, 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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