History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns this fall

Educator and local historian Mike Gilbert’s popular series, History Roundtable, returns this fall to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Gilbert will discuss topics ranging from the local Civil War regiment to urban legends and ghost stories. One of the sessions will feature historical trolley tours of Oakwood Cemetery in Fremont.

Gilbert will offer six History Roundtable sessions on Saturdays Sept. 16 through Oct. 28, with the exception of Oct. 7. All sessions except for the Sept. 23 trolley tours of Oakwood Cemetery are from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Times for the trolley tours will be announced at a later date.

Cost is $5 per session or $25 for all six. Preregister with Nan Card 419-332-2081, ext. 239, or ncard@rbhayes.org.

History Roundtable is sponsored by Dr. Mary Wonderly. The Oakwood Cemetery tour is sponsored by George Schrader, attorney at law.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 16 – Facts, Myths and Legends – Learn about the known and unknown history of Sandusky County as Gilbert explores facts, urban legends and myths of the area. Help unravel stories from the past that have generated local and national interest.
  • Sept. 23 – Trolley Tours of Oakwood Cemetery – Listen to the stories of the men and women who are buried in the cemetery. Due to a limited number of seats on the trolley, pre-registration is required. Two tour times will be offered, and times will be announced at a later date. Participants will meet at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums before traveling to Oakwood Cemetery.
  • Sept. 30 – Hangouts – Gilbert will discuss the hotspots of locals’ youth, from the founding of the county to participants’ own high school days.
  • Oct. 14 – 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry -The beginning of the Civil War was a tumultuous time for the men and women of Sandusky County. Discover how the soldiers of the 72nd brought a sense of pride to their hometown as they fought their way through Shiloh and Vicksburg. Relive their agony at Brice’s Crossroads and Andersonville Prison as they made the long march back home.
  • Oct. 21 – Native Americans - Sandusky County has a rich tradition concerning Native Americans in the area. Learn about the history of the tribes and the shaping of the community. Hear the stories of Chief Tarhe, Peggy Fleming, James Whittaker and others.
  • Oct. 28 – Ghost stories – Gilbert brings back one of his most popular presentations. Just in time for Halloween, he will share local, state and national hauntings.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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