Local History Winter Lecture Series

donkey pulling Bellaire/Wheeling Trolley by stone viaduct

In a joint effort to promote awareness of the rich Ohio Valley history, The Bellaire Public Library and The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society are once again teaming up to sponsor the Local History Winter Lecture Series.  This well-attended lecture series is now in its fourth year.  Lectures are scheduled each Wednesday during the months of February and March at 6:00 p.m. in the library’s community room. Light refreshments are also provided.


February 3rd : Joe Roxby kicks off the lecture series with the topic of Fort Henry.

February 10th:  Margaret Brennen will follow Joe as guest speaker with the topic, "The Wheeling Hospital During the Civil War".  Margaret is a native of Wheeling. She received her B.A. in History from Wheeling College and an M.A. in History as well as a certificate in Public History from West Virginia University.  She has taught high school social studies and worked in archival administration. Her current interests include Civil War History, Irish History, and slavery and the Underground Railroad.

February 17th :  Charles Ross will be discussing and sharing some old artifacts of Bellaire

February 24th:  Jay Morris

March 2nd:  Jeanne Finstein and Judy Hendrickson will speak about Edith Lake Wilkerson.

March 9th: Tony Pierre's passion for Victorian Trade Cards led him to write the book, "Victorian Trading Cards", which is the topic this week. The first book of this kind includes illustrations of these small cards and the history of the Wheeling companies and merchants from long ago.  Tony is proud to say that he has always lived in Wheeling, except during his five years in the military in nearby Benwood, WV.  Being in retail for 45 years at the Crone's Men's Store in Wheeling, Tony acquired a passion for these small trade cards. The purpose of the book is to show tribute to these companies and merchants. 

March 16th: Dave Mertz

March 23rd: Roger Micker will speak about the notorious abolitionist, John Brown