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The Salem Historical Society

      Book Signing

Sunday, August 2, 2015  1-4pm

Dale Shaffer Meeting Room
239 South Lundy Ave


Elaine Brye

Cathy Hester Seckman

Karen Kotrba

Debora Mohn Altimus

*Update 7-31-2015:
Judy Lennington will not be able to attend due to a death in the family.  We hope to schedule her at a later date.

Elaine Brye is a military mom who with her Air Force husband has four children who are military officers; one each in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Brye herself trained in the Air Force ROTC and served a year as a teacher in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her book, "Be Safe, Love, Mom", contains stories of courage, comfort, and surviving life on the home front. It was written with Nan Gatewood Satter of New York and published by Public Affairs Books.

Judy Lennington, a retired factory worker turned author, has written nine novels including "Mud Sock", the story of a Rogers family, and "The Old Brick", a murder mystery set in Negley.  Her most recent novels are "The Gray Areas" and a soon to be released "Pauline and the Prince".

Cathy Hester Seckman, a lifelong East Liverpool resident, will be signing her May release, "East Liverpool (Images of America)",  an Arcadia Publishing Images of America title.  She will also have available a slide presentation of collected images that did and did not make it into the book. In addition, Seckman will be signing and selling "Weirdo World", her young adult time travel novel published by Cool Well Press in 2010, and two indie publications she wrote with Darlene Torday and Debbie Schukert: "Bad Moon Rising" is a historical murder mystery set at Kent State University; "H2O Mysteries" is an anthology of short stories dealing with mysterious disappearances by water.

Karen Kotrba lives in Columbiana, teaches college writing at YSU and KSU’s East Liverpool campus, and has led community-based creative writing workshops, including one at the Cleveland Clinic for women with multiple sclerosis. She's written a wonderful book of poetry called "She Who Is Like a Mare". The skillfully rendered dramatic monologues present a remarkable history of the Frontier Nursing Service in eastern Kentucky in the early twentieth century. The poems are told through the imagined voices of the founder, Mary Breckinridge, and the nurse-midwives she trained to travel the back roads of Kentucky on horseback. Her current writing projects include a collection of poems about Ohio’s Victoria Woodhull (best known for her 1872 presidential campaign) and short stories set in East Liverpool.

John J. Mohn, psychologist in Mahoning and Columbiana Counties for over four decades, wrote his memoir called "Forced March:  from the Bulge to Berchtesgaden". During WWII he was forced to march 1,200 miles as a POW after being captured at the Battle of the Bulge on Dec. 19, 1944. John Mohn's story is a unique five-month journey across Europe, as prisoner camps were too full and the German officers were unsure what to do with these prisoners. Read his first-person account of the hardships, terror, survival, humor, and the hopes he had during the last days of WWII. John's granddaughter, Mandy Altimus Pond, worked to have it published for the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe. A Foreword by Ed McHugh, an Introduction by Mandy Altimus Pond, and John Mohn's Biography by Debora Mohn Altimus are also included in this book. His daughter Debora and her husband Rick Altimus (both grew up in North Lima) will be signing books.

                  We Have a Secret

                        to Share with you

The Salem Historical Society’s Freedom Hall now has a secret hiding place replicating the hiding rooms utilized in Salem in assisting fugitive slaves on their journey to freedom to Canada.  This new addition was the inspiration of Jerry Laska, education coordinator, but Lou Raneri and Mike Wargo, Society volunteers, provided the perspiration.

Before this new exhibit the Society could only describe the hiding places in our Salem abolitionist homes.  This example will give visitors an idea of how escaping slaves benefited during their trek to freedom with the help of Salem ’s abolitionists.  The third grade students of Reilly School were the first to view this ‘secret room’ and could better understand how this area was utilized.

The Salem Museum is open for tours Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00.  Call if further information is needed, 330-337-8514.

Hours of Operation
Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday  9am-noon

Main Entry for Meeting Room and Gift Shop at the
Dale Shaffer Research Library

239 South Lundy

Salem, OH

Sundays Tours 1-4pm
(May through October)

Tours begin at the rear door of the Pearce House in the old meeting room on Shaffer Way.

The Salem Historical Society
Mailing Address:

208 South Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460

(330) 337 - 8514

We will be closed on

Thursday, August 6, 2015

for cleaning.