Lunch & Learn

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When: One Wednesday each month (except in July) 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Doors open at 10:00 a.m., lunch served promptly at 11:30 a.m., program ends at 1:00 p.m., museum closes 4:00 p.m.
The City of Lebanon began taping the Lunch & Learn programs beginning in September of 2015. To watch these past programs, visit the City's website here.

Where: Warren County History Center, 105 S. Broadway, Lebanon, OH 45036

Details: Enjoy a gourmet catered served lunch, the company of new and long-time friends, and a special lesson in history.

Cost: 2017 Lunch & Learn Price $25 non-members, $20 members.**JUNE ONLY: Special Price of $25/Members, $30 Non-Members***
Please note the member price applies to members only. Single members may purchase one ticket per event at member price, Family members may purchase two tickets per event at member price. All others, please select the non-member price.
Paid registration is required in advance--by the Saturday prior to the event. Reserve online, by phone at 513-932-1817, or by mailing a check to the above address.

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May 17, 2017

Topic: Webbed-feet on Western Waters: Cincinnati and the River Navy During the Civil War

Details: Cincinnati was a Navy town during the Civil War, even though it is over 600 miles from blue sea water. Cincinnati and its riverboat infrastructure were critical to the Union’s successes, under Grant and Sherman, in recapturing the Mississippi River and its tributaries from the Confederacy.  Cincinnati provided over a third of the light draft warships from either new construction or modification in its busy boat yards. It also supplied the pilots, sailors, and officers to crew the boats which were used to fight fortifications and to deliver supplies. The Ohio and Mississippi rivers were a more secure supply line than railroads.

Speaker: Gary Q. Johnson is a former Naval Officer and has been a member of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table for 14 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in engineering. He enjoys speaking about how the men of the U. S. Navy had to learn how to adapt to the new technology and make it work in combat.

June 14, 2017 - Special Event!

Note the special price of $30 for non-members, $25 for WCHS members. The price includes the catered lunch, bus tour, and museum admission.

Topic: Dine & Drive - A Lunch and a Motor Coach Tour of Historic Lebanon, Ohio

Details: Select to go on the bus tour before or after lunch, either at 10:00 am or at 12:15 pm. Everyone will still eat lunch at 11:30 am. The hour-long tour will take you through Lebanon’s four nationally recognized historic districts with its scores of historic 19th century homes in the comfort of an air-conditioned motor coach. You will learn why Lebanon has been said to have “a Colonial atmosphere unusual in the Midwest.” You will see why the city’s charm and beauty have been showcased in three major Hollywood motion pictures and one TV movie. You will also understand why the screenwriter of one of those movies, when asked why Lebanon was chosen for the location of his film, answered, “Just look around, the shops, restaurants, it’s all here. This is the All-American town.”

Speaker: John J. Zimkus is the Historian and Education Director of the Warren County Historical Society. He is the author of Historical Footnotes of Lebanon, Ohio and a co-lead writer of Lebanon, Ohio: Celebrating 200 Years published by the WCHS. John is also the house historian of The Golden Lamb in Lebanon -- Ohio’s oldest continually operated business serving great food to Lebanon’s visitors since 1803.

August 16, 2017

Topic: Ohio Legends PART II - Another Look at Ohio's Diverse, Unique History and its Remarkable People

Details: Jeff Wilson author and illustrator of Ohio LegendsOhio Legends Volume 2 and the soon to be released Ohio Legends Volume 3, was so well received at the April 2016 Lunch & Learn that we have invited him to come back. Every page in his books has a short story with an original, expressive illustration that brings to life a bit of Buckeye trivia or an oddity about an Ohio inventor, ghost, visionary, hero, crackpot or criminal. Wilson will tell new stories and share some more of his drawings of that fascinating place called Ohio.

Speaker: Jeff Wilson is a free-lance cartoonist, writer and illustrator. A life-long resident of the Buckeye state, he lives in Vandalia, Ohio with his wife Patti and enjoys any good, goofy story about Ohio.  

 

September 13, 2017

Topic: Tales of the Civil War Told in Music

Details: More music may have been published per person in America during the Civil War than at any other time in our history. Songs were a way of sharing happenings whether political, social, or romantic. If there was a local tragedy, someone wrote a song. If a politician gave a speech or took a stand - a new song about it would soon be published. As the battles raged during the Civil War, someone was putting the details to music. Bob Ford will describe the people involved, and walk you over battlefields, all through the music of the era.

Speaker:  Bob Ford is an entertainer, historian and musician who uses his artistic skills to teach history. He has delighted and informed both young and old with his talents for many years. It is estimated that Bob has performed for over a quarter of a million students in schools across the Midwest.

October 18, 2017

Topic: Gruesome but Truesome

Details: The purpose of this lecture is to bring to light, using artifacts from the vast collection in the Warren County History Center, items, practices and beliefs that were quite common in Ohio’s and America’s past but, when compared to today’s standards, might come across as a little naive, down-right peculiar and yes, maybe even a little gruesome. None the less, at one time they were believed to be the correct tool to use; or the proper way to proceed; or, perhaps, the “truth” as they knew it at that time.

Speaker:  John J. Zimkus is the Historian and Education Director of the Warren County Historical Society. He is the author of Historical Footnotes of Lebanon, Ohio and a co-lead writer of Lebanon, Ohio: Celebrating 200 Years published by the WCHS. John is also the house historian of The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio’s oldest continually operated business serving great food to Lebanon’s visitors since 1803.

November 17, 2017

Topic: It’s About Time - The History of Timekeeping

Details: Local historian, and collector of cheap Chinese watches, Fred Compton traces the history of timekeeping. Among the topics he will discuss are the Babylonians, who gave us the 60-minute hour; the Romans, who gave us the “22-hour day;” the mystical importance of the number 12; and whether the first wristwatch was produced by Swiss watchmaker Patek Phillipe in 1868 or by French jeweler Louis Cartier in 1904.

Speaker: Fred Compton has authored two books about local history and has contributed to publications produced by The Ohio Daughters of the American Revolution, The Taft Museum, and The Warren County History Center. He was one of the inaugural speakers for The Warren County History Society’s Lunch and Learn series in 2008.  

December 13, 2017 Holiday Special Event!
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Note the special price of $27 for non-members, $22 for WCHS members. 

Topic: A Whimsical Christmas of Song and Good Cheer!

Details: The holiday spirit will once again shine through at the WCHS’s special December Lunch & Learn. This year it will be a concert of your favorite Christmas carols performed by the Vivaldis Dulcimer Quartet. Using soprano, standard and baritone dulcimers, and performing 2-, 3-, and 4-part arrangements, the quartet will give an American traditional musical flair to holiday favorites. The audience will be provided the words to the carols and will be invited to help spread the “Good Cheer” by singing along.

Performers: The Vivaldis Dulcimer Quartet was formed in 2009. The group members are: Sandi Cloppert, Fran McCoy, Rosemary Reavill, and Eliane Teyssier. It is truly an international quartet with Eliane originally coming from France and Rosemary being born in New Zealand. The quartet plays primarily classical selections, but loves performing international, contemporary, traditional, and holiday tunes