Local author Randy Overbeck’s first novel, Leave No Child Behind, won the 2011 Silver Award for Thriller of the Year from ReadersFavorite.com. His second novel, Blood on the Chesapeake, has been described as “a bit of romance, a lot of mystery, and a good deal of old-fashioned ghost whispering.” It was released in 2019, and is the first in a new series called the "HAUNTED SHORES MYSTERIES." In this talk Randy will discuss some of the research into the spirit world that went into Blood on the Chesapeake and Crimson at Cape May, including intriguing reports on real ghosts, some common beliefs and misconceptions about “the spirit world” and even some controversial photos and a video of actual ghost hauntings.
Dr. Randy Overbeck is a Lebanon resident and former school administrator in the Lebanon City School and Xenia Communities Schools districts. An accomplished writer, he has been published in academia and in the popular press. Randy is a member of the Mystery Writers of America.
In 1878, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the famed American suffragist and women's rights activist, came to Lebanon, Ohio and gave one of her most famous speeches, "The Coming Girl.” For over 11 years, Stanton gave variations of this lecture across the United States. The talk is unique among her lectures in its emphasis on the psychological and social barriers to women's equality, and, in some ways, it is more radical than Stanton's suffrage speeches. Warren County Historical Society Vice President Gail Rose will deliver "The Coming Girl” as Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Prior to her talk WCHS Historian John Zimkus will provide the background of the speech and the circumstances under which she delivered it in Lebanon in 1878.
Gail W. Rose is vice president of the Warren County Historical Society and a former administrator in the Sycamore, Miamisburg and Lebanon school districts. She is currently an instructor at the University of Dayton.
John J. Zimkus is the Historian and Education Director of the Warren County Historical Society.
Halloween is one of the largest commercial holidays in the United States. This Lunch & Learn will take a nostalgic look at the evolution of Halloween in 20th Century America featuring vintage collectibles. Veteran collector Linda Martin discusses how the popular holiday has changed from a primarily adult celebration to the more child oriented event it has become. Her presentation will include a colorful display of vintage Halloween decorations and other collectibles. These rare items are seldom seen today and provide a wonderfully graphic record of the ever-changing look of this classic autumn holiday.
SPEAKER: Linda Martin lives in Centerville, Ohio. She began collecting Halloween memorabilia in the 1980s. Currently she has well over 1000 vintage pieces in her collection. Linda began searching for these scarce items at a time when the hobby was relatively unknown. Since that time, Vintage Halloween items have become one of the most popular collectibles in the country.
Previous Lunch and Learn Topics
Judith Dann portrayed suffragette Victoria Woodhull
John J. Zimkus weighed the evidence on Lebanon's “Greatest All-Around Athlete”
Jeff Wilson discussed his books, Ohio Legends.
Joyce Browning portrayed the rootinest, tootenist resident in Ohio history, Annie Oakley
The History of Beedle Station from John Zimkus
Jim Crabtree and Teena Baldrige portrayed President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln
The Bones of Cincinnatus performed holiday season classics.
Local author and historian, Fred Compton, discussed the Golden Lamb
Character actor Joyce Lovins Browning portrayed Mary Cunningham: 1870s Cincinnati Body Snatcher
The Little Miami’s "Scenic River" Status
100 Years of Bridal Fashion in "Brides of Yesteryear"
The Secrets of the Infirmary Time Capsule
Guadalcanal: A Turn Point in WWII
Historian John Zimkus spoke on Lebanon’s William E. Harmon
Online Lecture Series - Lectures filmed during the 2020 shutdown.