“Hooked on History,” the Franklin County Public Library District’s Hometown History Series, begins the third Wednesday of April and continues each month through October, reports Julie Schlesselman, local history and genealogy department manager.
The series, which began in 2007, is presented by local residents (please see box).
“Being a non-native of Franklin County and having only lived here since 2002, many of my topics and presentations stem from my own curiosity,” Schlesselman recalls. “After I first moved here, I spent many hours traveling the country roads and was intrigued by many of the old structures, farm buildings and structural remnants dotting the beautiful countryside and small towns and simply wanted to know more about them. After I discovered these fabulous histories and stories, I wanted to share them.
“Some of the program ideas come from research requests from our library patrons, such as wanting information about the one-room schools, what structure stood in what is now a vacant lot and, simply, old picture presentations. As for the two topics this year that focus on the Cincinnati area, they were chosen because many people in our tri-county area work, shop or have relatives in Cincinnati. Many have a connection with that city, and it is a familiar location, and both authors are well known. I wanted people in this area to be able to experience their presentations and programs for free, without having to travel too far.”
She reveals information about two of the speakers: In April, Rich McDonough, author of four books and the subject of many magazine and newspaper articles, will also discuss his background in the private detective business. At the September program, J.T. Townsend, a freelance writer and lifelong Cincinnati resident, will explore a criminal. He is the former true crime historian for Snitch Magazine and his work has appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, Word Magazine and Clews. He appeared in the 2008 British documentary “Conversations With a Serial Killer.” Book sales and signings will be held after both programs.