Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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March 28, 2014

History highlighted in series


“I enjoy everything about this series, lining up the programs, meeting new people who have an interest in history and who want to make presentations and I especially love the research involved in the programs that I compile and present. The greatest satisfaction ... comes from our program attendees who talk to me after any program and say, ‘Thanks, I learned something new tonight.’ Inspiring people to take an interest in their past and teaching someone, no matter what age they are, is extremely gratifying.

“One of the things I am looking forward to most this year is talking with all of those that attend our programs and learning something new myself. Our history series serves as a reciprocal program – it teaches people, who in turn always teach me something new and/or donate items to our local history collection, which in turn can be shared with others in the future. It is a wonderful continuous cycle of sharing and learning,” Schlesseman announces.

“I encourage people to attend because ... (the programs) are fun and informal lessons in local history. They are interesting as well as thought provoking and by no means simply the typical scenario of ‘stuffy, boring old facts about dead people’ that most adults and students think history is all about.”

Persons are invited to “come and take some extra time before a program to visit our local history and genealogy room to see what secrets await them.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

Hooked on History • April 16, "A Cincinnati Private Eye Protecting Princess Di" by Rich McDonough • May 21, "A Moment in Time: Franklin County as Seen Through the Eye of the Camera: Part 4" by Julie Schlesselman • June 18, "The Tombstone Trail: Part 2" by Julie Schlesselman • July 16, "Killed in the Line of Duty" by Julie Schlesselman • Aug. 20, "Notable Dearborn County Structures ... Gone but not Forgotten" by Joyce Baer • Sept. 17, "The Unknown Legend of the Cincinnati Strangler" by J.T. Townsend • Oct. 15, "Franklin County's Whitewater River: A Canal, a Railroad, a Trail" by Jim Lierl The free programs are at the Brookville Library at 6:30 p.m. Info: 765-647-4031 or

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