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Shaker Heights Authors & History

May - June 2012 edition

The community of Shaker Heights enjoys a rich history and a wealth of local talent. In this newsletter we share new and significant works about Shaker Heights, and new and notable publications by our Shaker Authors.
Have a question or need research assistance? Contact Local History Librarian Meghan Hays at 216-367-3016 or . Her regular hours are posted on our website. Please visit the Local History Collection to read any of these works, and to learn more about Shaker Heights!
Meet Shaker Author Derf, Tuesday May 8, 2012, 7pm @ Bertram Woods Library
Meet Derf, Author of My Friend Dahmer  
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7pm
Bertram Woods Branch Library, 20600 Fayette Road
Shaker author and nationally known cartoonist Derf (aka John Backderf), w hose comic strip The City appears in more than 50 newspapers, including the Plain Dealer  will discuss his critically acclaimed new graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer,  a brutal and compelling portrait of the author's friendship with future serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Derf has published several anthologies and comic stories, including Trashed, a memoir of his time working as a garbage collector; Punk Rock and Trailer Parks, which is set amid the Akron punk rock scene in 1980; and Ghoulardi and Me, about the 1960s Cleveland television horror host and his legions of fans. He has contributed to many well-known national publications, including Playboy, The Wall Street Journal, and Progressive Magazine. He was a member of the Akron Beacon Journal newsroom team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995, and in 2006, he won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for cartooning.

My Friend Dahmer
was nominated for an Eisner Award and was adapted and staged as a one-act play by the NYU Theater Department. His illustrations have appeared on posters, T-shirts and CD covers. Derf's website includes excerpts of his books and a calendar of appearances, as well as links to his published work.
Reserve your place online or by calling 216-991-2030.
If These Walls Could Talk, May 22, 2012, 7pm @ Main Library
If These Walls Could Talk: Researching Your Shaker Home's History
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 7pm
Shaker Heights Public Library, 16500 Van Aken Boulevard
Your Shaker Heights home has a remarkable history. Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you? Who the architect was? Do you need help to unlock its secrets? Clues to Shaker’s rich history are hidden in our houses, and researching them is a wonderful way to understand the past.
In celebration of National Preservation Month, learn about the resources available (both online and in-person) that can help you discover the story of your Shaker Heights home. The library and city's collaborative Shaker Centennial projects--the online Shaker Building Card database and the Cleveland Historical mobile app featuring Shaker Heights landmarks--will be featured. This progam is cosponsored by the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission.
Ann Klavora, Senior Planner, Shaker Heights Planning Department, will moderate the panel discussion including:
Judy Cetina , Cuyahoga County Archivist
Jim Dubelko , Center for Public History + Digital Humanities, Cleveland State University
Meghan Hays , Local HIstory Librarian, Shaker Heights Public Library
Reserve your place online or by calling 216-991-2030.
Civil Rights in Shaker Heights, June 5, 2012, 7pm @ Main Library
Civil Rights in Shaker Heights: Putting the Ludlow Neighborhood
on the National Register of Historic Places
Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 7pm
Shaker Heights Main Library, 16500 Van Aken Boulevard

Shelley Stokes-Hammond will speak about Shaker Heights' important place in civil rights history on June 5 at 7pm at the Main Library.

Stokes-Hammond, Development and Public Affairs Officer at Howard University Libraries in Washington, DC and daughter of former U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes, grew up in the Ludlow neighborhood of Shaker Heights. Her master's thesis in historic preservation (2011, Goucher College) focused on the Ludlow Community Association's important role in civil rights history. Stokes-Hammond's research paves the way for the Ludlow neighborhood to petition to become part of the National Register's Civil Rights Heritage Trail.
Join us for an evening of memories, discussion, and planning to make this possibility a reality. Stokes-Hammond's talk will be followed by a reception hosted by the Ludlow Community Association, which is also cosponsoring this event.
Reserve your place online or by calling 216-991-2030. 
Exterior Painting & Historic Color, June 26, 2012, 7pm @ Main Library
Exterior Painting & Historic Color
Mary Ogle, Cleveland Restoration Society
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 7pm
Shaker Heights Main Library, 16500 Van Aken Boulevard
Does the thought of painting your house give you nightmares? This program can help. Mary Ogle from the Cleveland Restoration Society will examine different types of paint failure and highlight what to look for when hiring a painting contractor. She will also review historic color schemes and provide tips on how to choose and place appropriate colors for your older home. This occasional lecture series is cosponsored by the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission and the Shaker Heights Public Library.

Reserve your place online or by calling 216-991-2030.
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