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Friday, July 9, 2010

Next Saturday: SAENGERFEST!


In addition to its free weekly Lunch With Books series offered most Tuesdays at noon, the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling is offering a special summer program that will revive and celebrate a fascinating but long lost chapter of Wheeling’s rich history.

On Saturday July 17 at noon, the library, through its partnership with the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation, will host a very special celebration of the 125th anniversary of Wheeling’s 1885 Saengerfest, a large gathering of German singing societies. The destination for numerous German immigrants in the 19th century, Wheeling was once home to 11 such societies and hosted three regional Saengerfests in 1860, 1885, & 1906. The Singing Societies served as fraternal organizations as well as a means by which to celebrate and commemorate German culture. Most disappeared in the face of the anti-German backlash of WWI.

After an introduction by Dr. David Javersak to provide historical context, and a special presentation by Lois Lynch, Secretary of the North American Sangerbund, two dozen members of the Eintracht German Singing Society of Dayton Ohio , will perform.

Free samples of German festival foods prepared by Gene Evans, Chef Instructor at West Virginia Northern Community College , will be served, along with free beverages provided by the library.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Because a large response is expected for the program, reservations are requested. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 or email lunchwithbooks@yahoo.com.

(Saengerfest photo credit: Oglebay Institute)

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Top Ten Lunch With Books Programs

Program; Presenter; Attendance; Date

1. SAENGERFEST; Eintracht German Singing Society; 200; 07-17-10

2. A Lucky Child; Auschwitz Survivor Judge Thomas Buergenthal; 198; 03-04-11

3. Fashion Show; Civil War 150; 194; 11-20-11

4. Ruanaidh; Art Rooney, Jr. and Jim O'Brien; 168; 06-15-10

5. Follow the River; James Alexander Thom; 160; 06-05-08

6. Warwood Memories; 157; 12-18-12

7. The Quiet Man Pub Reading; 150; 08-30-12

8. Wheeling Then and Now; Sean Duffy; 146; 09-07-10

9. Bloch Brother Tobacco; Stuart Bloch; 131; 04-27-10

10. Reasons to Believe; Dr. Scott Hahn; 126; 08-21-07

Book Discussion Groups

The Ohio County Public Library facilitates book discussion groups for both young adults and adults. Currently, the OCPL offers two adult groups, which meet on the first Monday and third Thursday of each month.

In addition to its own growing collection, the OCPL has access to the book discussion collection of the West Virginia Library Commission.

To join or form a book discussion group, or for more information, please call 304-232-0244.

Meeting of the Minds Philosophy Group

The Meeting of the Minds Philosophic Inquiry Forum is facilitated by David Weimer. The group meets virtually every Tuesday at 6 PM. Call the library for meeting room locations.

For more information, visit www.firstknowthyself.org/m&mphilosophy.htm or contact group organizer, David Weimer, at 740 526-0985 or by email at dwwweimer@comcast.net..