The sesquicentennial of West Virginia statehood was celebrated in a big way last year, but the overall observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will continue in the Mountain State and throughout the nation through 2015.
For Wheeling's Civil War 150 commemoration, a number of events are already planned this year at the Ohio County Public Library. Sean Duffy, programming coordinator of the library, has scheduled seven programs with Civil War themes for the popular Lunch With Books series.
The first event will be a special Monday edition of its popular Lunch With Books program at noon April 14. For this important program, Garry Adelman, who works full-time as director of history and education at the Civil War Trust, will present a photographic tour of the Civil War.
"Garry Adelman is a noted Civil War expert, and he's making a special stop here during his travels from Columbus to Washington, D.C. So obviously, this is a big program for us and we would like to have good attendance for him," Duffy said.
In what should prove to be another fascinating program, author David O. Stewart will talk about his novel, "The Lincoln Deception," at Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, June 3.
Of special interest to area residents and railroading buffs, Dan Toomey, guest curator at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, will discuss "The B&O Railroad During the Civil War" at noon Tuesday, July 29, for Lunch With Books.
Four of the upcoming Lunch With Books programs feature guests who are appearing under the auspices of the Emerging Civil War Speaker's Bureau. These speakers are Kris White, Edward Alexander, Kathleen Logothetis and Daniel T. Davis.
White, who was one of the instructors for the library's People's University course on the Civil War last year, will talk about the Battle of the Wilderness at noon Tuesday, May 6. Alexander will address the Petersburg Campaign at noon Tuesday, June 17.
Logothetis will speak on "After the Storm: Burial of the Civil War Dead" at noon Tuesday, July 22. Davis' topic will be "The Rock Hurler: George Crook, the Army of West Virginia and the Battle of Fisher's Hill" when he appears at noon Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public.
On another historic note, a selection of the late Wheeling photographer J.J. Young's fabulous photographs of B&O Railroad trains are on display in central Ohio this month.
The photographs, on loan from the West Virginia state archives, are being shown at the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club in Worthington now through Sunday, April 27, when the organization holds an open house event.
Don Sell of the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club called this past week to ask if my recent Sunday News-Register Life cover article about Young's photographic collection could be displayed with the exhibit. He remarked, "They're wonderful photos ... We're very excited."
Members of the public may attend the open house at the club, which is located at 6471 Proprietors Road in Worthington, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
Linda Comins can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org