HISTORIC TALKS, TOURS AND PRESENTATIONS FROM OUR GREAT LOCAL HISTORY SITES.
New this year – we will be promoting tours and programs from some of our Erie County Historical groups.

Remember, some of these events are Walking Tours – please wear appropriate shoes and outerwear and prepare to stand or walk for at least an hour.
Noon presentations at the Sandusky library are lunch talks so bring a Brown Bag lunch.
Some events require prior registration – contact the approrpate group for more information.

MAY
May 28 – Spanish American War Cemetery Walk 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Jeremy Angstadt of the Sandusky Library will lead this walk. Meet at Oakland Cemetery to explore and learn about the lives of veterans of the Spanish America War and Erie County’s contribution to the war.

JUNE
June 11 – Underground Railroad Cemetery Walk, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Jeremy Angstadt of the Sandusky Library will lead this walk. Meet at Oakland Cemetery to learn about the Underground Railroad in Sandusky and the people who helped freedom seekers to safety.

June 21 – A Carousel Museum in Sandusky. Why Here?  12:00 Noon. Bonnie Behm of the Merry-Go-Round Museum presents this program at the Sandusky Library. Come discover why there is a carousel museum in Sandusky and why it is located in the old Sandusky Post Office building in Historic downtown. Learn about the exhibits found inside the round fronted building located on the corner of Jackson Str. and Washington Ave., and how it is ever-changing.
June 25 – Railroads in Sandusky, 10:30 am. Ron Davidson of the Sandusky Library will lead this walk. Meet at Mylander Park fountain to learn the history of local railroad lines and their importance to Sandusky’s development.
June 27 – Walking Tour of Huron’s Old Plat Homes, Lakefront Park Gazebo, 6:30 pm. The Huron Historical Society. Huron was platted in 1824.  Meet at the park for a guided walking tour passing some of Huron’s oldest homes and churches. 45-60 minutes. Reservations recommended.
June 28 – Encore Presentation of Commercial Fishing, 6:30 pm. The Huron Historical Society. Huronite Bill Scott shares his family’s history in the commercial fishing industry.  Meet at 1611 Sawmill Parkway for a fascinating collection of photos and the history of what was once the most prosperous fishing harbor on Lake Erie in the 1800s. 60 minutes. No reservations, but arrive early for parking and seating. Reservations recommended.
June 29 – River Walk of Huron’s Waterfront Business and Industry, Lakefront Park Gazebo, 6:30 pm. The Huron Historical Society. Huron had prosperous shipping, shipbuilding, dock, fishing, and rail industries.  Meet at the park for a guided walking tour that highlights these industries as well as the history of the lighthouse. 45-60 minutes. Reservations recommended.
June 29 – Railroads in Sandusky, 2:00 pm. Ron Davidson of the Sandusky Library will lead this walk. Meet at Mylander Park fountain to learn the history of local railroad lines and their importance to Sandusky’s development.
June 30 – Presentation on “Life as a Great Lakes Merchant Marine Captain,” South Shore Marine, 6:30 pm. The Huron Historical Society. Meet at 1611 Sawmill Parkway where Captain Russ Brohl will share his story advancing from his boyhood job as a Miller Ferry deckhand to captaining freighters on the Great Lakes and ferries to the Bass Islands.  60 minutes.  Reservations recommended; but arrive early for parking and seating.

JULY
July 4 – $2.00 admission 11-4 pm
at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky.
July 13 – Spanish American War Cemetery Walk  6:00 pm. Jeremy Angstadt of the Sandusky Library will lead this walk. Meet at Oakland Cemetery to explore and learn about the lives of veterans of the Spanish America War and Erie County’s contribution to the war.

July 19 – Shipwrecks and Archaeology 12:oo Noon. Carrie Sowden, Archaeological and Research Director at the National Museum of the Great Lakes presents this program at the Sandusky Library. Follow the entire stream of the archaeologist form research to discovery to investigation and finally to analysis and publication. Along the way examples of Lake Erie shipwrecks are used to highlight each step.
July 19 – Phillips House Tour 7:00 pm. Hosted by the Berlin Hts. Historical Society

July 23 – Castalia Cemetery Walk  10:30 am. Ron Davidson of the Sandusky Library will lead this walk. Meet at the Castalia Cemetery to learn about some of the history and people of Castalia and its surroundings.
July 26 – Celebrate National Carousel Day 10 am with discounted admission of $2, includes one ride on the carousel at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky.
July 27 – Castalia Cemetery Walk  10:30 am. Ron Davidson of the Sandusky Library will lead this walk. Meet at the Castalia Cemetery to learn about some of the history and people of Castalia and its surroundings.

AUGUST
August 11 at Noon – Directory Assistance: Finding Your Family History in City Directories, the Sandusky Library – Looking for records in-between U.S. censuses that may reveal your family’s relationships, movements, occupations, and other stories? Directories may help you build year-by-year narratives about their lives. You’ll learn what’s in city directories, how to explore them in major online collections and elsewhere, and how to use them in conjunction with other resources to reconstruct more detailed, nuanced narratives about your family’s history. Registration recommended but not required. Virtual link available for at home viewing: https://events.sanduskylib.org/event/9092500

August 13 – Killers on Kelleys Island: The 1911 Triple Homicide on the Island 10:30 – Jeremy Angstadt of the Sandusky Library presents this program at the Kelleys Island School. In late September of 1911, three bodies washed ashore on Kelleys Island. Learn about how these three men were murdered and the story of their murderers.

August 16 – 12 NoonHidden History of Northeast Ohio – Mark Strecker, author and historian presents this program at the Sandusky Library. Mark will discuss the origin of his book detailing an event-filled overnight research trip and the confederate plot to liberate the POW camp on Johnson’s Island.

SEPTEMBER

September 10 — Abraham Lincoln – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns to in-person sessions this fall at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. Pre-recorded virtual sessions will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. Online admission is $5 per session or $25 for all six. Pre-registration and pre-payment for both in-person and virtual sessions are required. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Contact Julie Mayle, curator of manuscripts, at jmayle@rbhayes.org to register and pay.

September 17 — Amelia Earhart – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns to in-person sessions this fall at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. Pre-recorded virtual sessions will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. Online admission is $5 per session or $25 for all six. Pre-registration and pre-payment for both in-person and virtual sessions are required. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Contact Julie Mayle, curator of manuscripts, at jmayle@rbhayes.org to register and pay.

September 24 — John C. Fremont – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns to in-person sessions this fall at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. Pre-recorded virtual sessions will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. Online admission is $5 per session or $25 for all six. Pre-registration and pre-payment for both in-person and virtual sessions are required. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Contact Julie Mayle, curator of manuscripts, at jmayle@rbhayes.org to register and pay.

OCTOBER
October 2 – If Tombstones Could Talk Cemetery Walk of the Brownhill Cemetery, 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Hosted by the
Brownhelm Historical Society, met at the cemetery, 3025 N Ridge Rd, Vermilion, OH 44089. Come stroll once again through the Brownhelm Cemetery where you will step back in time and meet some of Brownhelm’s earliest pioneers and residents. You’ll hear stories from tour regulars like Colonel Henry Brown, who will share the history of how Brownhelm came to be, but you’ll also hear from some new residents as well! You won’t want to miss our costumed re-enactors as they share their life stories in a program that “brings history to life!” Check back for more information about tickets in September!

October 8 — Rutherford B. Hayes – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns to in-person sessions this fall at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. Pre-recorded virtual sessions will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. Online admission is $5 per session or $25 for all six. Pre-registration and pre-payment for both in-person and virtual sessions are required. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Contact Julie Mayle, curator of manuscripts, at jmayle@rbhayes.org to register and pay.

October 15 — Valley of the Kings – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns to in-person sessions this fall at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. Pre-recorded virtual sessions will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. Online admission is $5 per session or $25 for all six. Pre-registration and pre-payment for both in-person and virtual sessions are required. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Contact Julie Mayle, curator of manuscripts, at jmayle@rbhayes.org to register and pay.

October 22 — Things That Go Bump In The Night – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns to in-person sessions this fall at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. Pre-recorded virtual sessions will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. Online admission is $5 per session or $25 for all six. Pre-registration and pre-payment for both in-person and virtual sessions are required. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Contact Julie Mayle, curator of manuscripts, at jmayle@rbhayes.org to register and pay.

NOVEMBER
November 13 – Erie County Historical Society holds it annual meeting at the Sandusky Yacht Club.
Dinner, speaker, silent auction – details to follow.