Monday, April 1, 2013

Mentor at 50 -- Three Lectures Highlight April Calendar

Do you remember the John G. Oliver House?  How about the Mentor Drive Inn or Old Deluxe Motel?  Did you visit the Mentor Post Office on Hart Street?  Did you shop at Bargin Fair or drive past Caterpillar / Mentor Towmotor on Tyler Blvd?  Were you a MHS graduate from 1922-1965 at the old school?  The City of Mentor at 50 may be the celebration, but Mentor before 1963 is the real story here.  Six Thursday evening programs highlight the 2013 calendar year and three will be held in April.  Each lecture recalls a significant part of Mentor's past.  Let's look at this month's offerings.  All are free.  All are held at Wilwood Cultural Center at 7pm. All require reservations as seating is limited.

A Grower's Paradise - April 4    
Merkel, Wyatt, Castello, Klyn, Bosley, Havel, Storrs and many other names permeate the nursery history of Mentor and Lake County.  Mentor was a local growers paradise and in time Mentor became the nursery capital of the world.  Roses to Retail was the title of a recently released book tracing Mentor's early years.  Bill Wyatt and Jim Schroeder will lead a panel revealing many gems and little known facts about our nursery heritage.

1963 - The Year Mentor Became a City - April 11
Join Frank Krupa, Jim Collins, Jim Hackenberg and others for an informal look back at Mentor's transformation.  A 1963 flashback sets the stage for an evening of nostalgia.

Mentor When We Grew Up - April 25
Did you ice skate on Newell's Pond?  Did you swim at Mentor Recreation Park as a youth?  Joanie Heubner, Don Bittner, Pam Pachinger and Roland Scott will join previous lecture participants in reliving your past.  A Mentor Memory Trivia Contest will challenge your recollections and serve as a time capsule for future generations.

For more info or to register - call 440-974-5735

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