We all come from the past. This line from Russell Baker's 1982 memoir "Growing Up" resonates across all generations and certainly is appropriate for all residents in Mentor in 2013. The things hidden and the things unsaid can be framed in a series of three lectures that move through important periods in Mentor's history. All programs are free but as was the case in April, registration is required. All lectures will be at Wildwood Cultural Center and will begin at 7pm. Call 440-974-5735 to register or for more information.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 --- From "Roses to Retail" with Barbara Davis
I have met author Barbara Davis and have read her 2011 book. Her book describes 'Growing Up in Mentor' when nurseries dotted the village landscape, Mentor High was still on Mentor Avenue, Mentor Recreation Park was every kid's summer home, retail development was just in its infancy, and many former local businesses were common knowledge. Come listen to her share her childhood memories and career as a resident of Mentor. A 'Mentor Memories' Board and time capsule will be added to.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 --- History as We Lived It
First hand accounts and turning points in Mentor's development will be the theme of this lecture program. Join Carl Janz, Ed Podijil, Bill Boyd, and Jim Hackenberg for an evening of memories, both national and local that affected the City of Mentor.
Thursday, May 23,2013 --- Visions for the Future-Mentor: The Next 50 Years
Community leaders and elected officals will reveal their perspectives on the growth of Mentor and what possibilities the next 50 years may offer. Gramma 'G' had a vision in 1952 that shaped the landscape of Mentor for the last 50 years. This lecture will offer an opportunity for attendees to voice their views of the future. A commemorative program will be given to those attending.
These free programs link the legacy of Mentor's past to visions of its future. Memories of Mentor's ever changing landscape and growth from a small nursery driven village setting to one of a city with incredible retail development are not to be missed. Come and hear the stories of your hometown Thursdays in May starting this week!