Past Learning Events

U. S. Congressman Bill Johnson – was the keynote speaker at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the East Liverpool Area Community & Learning Center in April. Congressman Johnson provided insight into the challenges of being a politician in Washington and shed great insight into the undercurrents in our Nation’s Capital. He presented an American flag that had been flown over the nation’s capital to the new Center.

Art & Sip programs in August – for children from K – 5. These were presented on four Saturday mornings in the Dining Hall. Subjects were painting, Terrariums, handmade bracelets and paper airplanes. Volunteer Susan Weaver was in charge.

Dru Joyce II, is the Head Basketball Coach at Akron St. Mary St. Vincent High School. Coach Joyce is a graduate of ELHS, he was the high school Coach of NBA standout LaBron James and Joyce’s teams won a National and four Ohio State High School basketball Championships under his leadership. Author of “Beyond Championships”, he spoke of the challenges in developing young boys into young men through basketball.

The first Legacy & Legends Lecture Series was presented at the Center in September. Co-authors of the book “Harker Pottery from Rockingham to Yellow Ware to Modern”, Bill & Donna Gray gave their presentation in the Blair Auditorium. The Grays discussed the rise and fall of one of the area’s oldest potteries. It was followed up with a tour of their exceptional Harkerware exhibit housed at the Center. The Lecture Series is open to members only. Tours of the Exhibit are available by appointment.

In October there was a seminar entitled Wine 101 led by the Executive Director of the Ohio Wine Producers Assn. She offered a detailed account of the wine industry as it evolved in the United States and eventually in Ohio. She explained everything from bottle designs to the types of corks and the best means of parting the two. A samplings followed.

A woman of many interests, Susan Weaver held four sessions on the subject of “Learning Crochet”. Her students received firsthand experience in that special art of needle work. The programs concluded in October.

Well known area newspaper photographer Fred Miller presented a program on “Using Your 35 mm Camera” on October 11. By the time the evening was over Fred’s students were generating really good photographs. Fred’s illustrations and tips made photography easy and more fun for all.

The second Legacy & Legends Lecture Series was held in the in the Center Conference room with approximately eighty Series members in attendance. East Liverpool Police Museum Curator and Historian Kelsey Hedrick of the local Police Department presented a thorough account of the pursuit by locals from Wellsville to the place where the mobster Pretty Boy Floyd met his end at the Crawford farm north of East Liverpool. (for Series Members only)