Social Issues / History

Wicked Columbus

In the early twentieth century, the “Bad Lands” of Columbus were once as well-know at New York’s “Tenderloin,” Cleveland’s “Central Avenue,” Chicago’s “Black Belt,” or Detroit’s “Heights,” and its uncrowned king was Alexander “Smoky” Hobbs. However, vice was not confined to one neighborhood as exemplified by the unlikely love affair between local gambler Pat Murnan and Grace Backenstoe, the madam of the most popular brothel in town. Corruption was rampant during this era, extending all the way from city hall to the statehouse to Washington D.C., and Roxie Stinson, a local music teacher with the chorus girl figure, played a key role in bringing it all to light. These are just a few of the characters author David Meyers profiles in his latest book, Wicked Columbus, Ohio.

A lifelong Columbus resident, David Meyers if the author of many books on local history, often in collaboration with his daughter, Elise Meyers Walker. His titles include: Historic Columbus Crimes, Central Ohio’s Historic Prisons, Columbus the Musical Crossroads, Look to Lazarus, Inside the Ohio Penitentiary, Ohio Jazz, A Glance of Heaven, and the Kahiki Supper Club. He has also written a handful of works for the stage and a couple of novels.

Date: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Age Group: 

Library: 

Location: 

ESOL - Current Events Discussion Group

Join our ESOL discussion leaders for weekly conversation practice about current news events. This group is for non-native English speakers who want to develop their English speaking and reading comprehension skills.

Class size is limited and registration is required. Registration begins on August 20, 2014.

Date: 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Age Group: 

Library: 

Location: 

The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order

In the spring of 1970 growing student protests forced the Ohio State University to close entirely for two weeks - an event unprecedented in the institution’s 100 year history. How could a campus that previously seemed immune to the unrest sweeping other campuses go off the tracks so far and so quickly? Join Bill Shkurti for a discussion of his newest book “The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order. Using news stories, archival materials and personal interviews, Shkurti has reconstructed the unique circumstances of those tumultuous times into a compelling narrative. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Date: 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Age Group: 

Library: 

Location: 

ESOL - Current Events Discussion Group

Join our ESOL discussion leaders for weekly conversation practice about current news events. This group is for non-native English speakers who want to develop their English speaking and reading comprehension skills.

Class size is limited and registration is required. Registration begins on August 20, 2014.

Date: 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Age Group: 

Library: 

Location: 

Stories from the UA Archives

If you enjoy historical facts and anecdotes, you’ll love this session with UA digital librarian and historian Sara Klein. Sara will talk about Upper Arlington’s interesting history and will show unique photos and documents from the UA Archives.

Date: 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Age Group: 

Library: 

Location: 

The Peace Corps: What's it All About?

The Peace Corps is now 55 years strong, and accepts all ages of volunteers from 21 to 80. Volunteers will talk about their first hand accounts of service in the 3rd world. Come hear about their experiences and learn how you might become a volunteer or learn about other ways that you can support the Peace Corps’ goals.
Gail and Mike Messick, long standing Upper Arlington residents with multiple years of service, will lead the discussion.

Date: 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Age Group: 

Library: 

Location: 

ESOL - Current Events Discussion Group

Join our ESOL discussion leaders for weekly conversation practice about current news events. This group is for non-native English speakers who want to develop their English speaking and reading comprehension skills.

Class size is limited and registration is required. Registration begins on August 20, 2014.

Date: 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Age Group: 

Library: 

Location: 

The Battle of Lake Erie

The Battle of Lake Erie marks a significant place in history and is the only major naval battle ever fought on Lake Erie. During the battle, nine vessels of the United States Navy defeated and captured six vessels of the British Royal Navy. An important victory for the U.S. during the War of 1812, it ensured American control of the lake for the rest of the war and allowed the Americans to recover Detroit. The battle established the longest undefended border between two countries anywhere in the world that has continued for over 200 years. Join UA resident Jim Cowardin for a discussion of this historic battle.

Date: 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Age Group: 

Library: 

Location: 

Practical Parenting: Helping Your Child Develop Coping Skills to Combat Stress

Children are experiencing symptoms of stress and anxiety at younger ages than ever before. Learn how to recognize and respond to your child’s worries and fears. Topics will include: Helping your child develop cognitive skills to develop a more realistic and flexible mindset, managing negative self-talk and putting things into perspective, learning mindfulness skills to calm your child’s anxious mind and get out of the cycle of worry and rumination, stress management skills to teach your child to take care of himself everyday with relaxation, self-soothing and pleasurable activities, and learning behavior skills for your child to stop avoiding fear and confront anxiety in a safe way.

Presented by counselors from Syntero in partnership with The STAND Project.

Date: 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Age Group: 

Library: 

Location: 

ESOL - Current Events Discussion Group

Join our ESOL discussion leaders for weekly conversation practice about current news events. This group is for non-native English speakers who want to develop their English speaking and reading comprehension skills.

Class size is limited and registration is required. Registration begins on August 20, 2014.

Date: 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Age Group: 

Library: 

Location: 

Pages

Subscribe to Social Issues / History