History Roundtable returns in-person with a virtual option

Press Staff Writer

        After being virtual for the past two years, History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns to in-person sessions this fall at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont.
        Pre-recorded virtual sessions also will be offered for those who cannot attend in person.
        Gilbert, a retired teacher, will share his historical research and findings on a variety of topics, including Amelia Earhart, John C. Fremont and Rutherford B. Hayes in honor of Hayes’ 200th birthday this October.
        Six sessions are offered on Saturdays in September and October. Sessions are from 10-11:30 a.m.
        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. To register and pay, contact Julie Mayle, curator of manuscripts, at jmayle@rbhayes.org.
        History Roundtable is sponsored by the Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation.
        The schedule of sessions is:
        • Sept. 10 – Abraham Lincoln – Lincoln is considered one of our nation’s greatest presidents. Travel into the past and study the little-known facts surrounding his assassination. This presentation is guaranteed to increase your knowledge concerning the people involved in the tragic death of the 16th president.
        • Sept. 17 – Amelia Earhart – What motivated one of America’s most famous female pilots?  This discussion will take an in-depth look at the woman behind the publicity. Did her personal motivations affect her disappearance? You be the judge as the session focuses on one of our country’s greatest mysteries.
        • Sept. 24 – John C. Fremont – Curious about the city of Fremont’s namesake? Listen to the fascinating story behind John C. Fremont and his biggest supporter, his wife, Jessie Benton Fremont.  Known as “The Pathfinder,” Fremont and Benton were the 1850s version of JFK and Jackie Kennedy.
        • Oct. 8 – Rutherford B. Hayes – Help celebrate the 200th birthday of the 19th president and his ever-lasting effect on the local community. Follow along as the session pays tribute to his years as a small-town lawyer, a solider in the Civil War, serving as president of the United States and return to his beloved Spiegel Grove.
        • Oct. 15 – Valley of the Kings – Situated in the ancient city of Thebes, The Valley of the Kings is the ancient burial site of nearly all of the kings during the 18th, 19th and 20th century Egyptian dynasties. Pharaohs, like King Tut, will help explain the burial practices of this ancient civilization.
        • Oct. 22 – Things that go bump in the night – Vampires and werewolves lead the way as this session investigates the spooky creatures lurking in nightmares. In a change from Gilbert’s traditional ghost stories, this session will delve into the origins of these mythical beings that have intrigued millions throughout the world.
        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, 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.
        For information, call 419-332-2081 or visit rbhayes.org. Like Hayes Presidential on Facebook at @rbhayespres and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres.


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