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In the late nineteenth century, Lakeside, Ohio, was founded as a Methodist camp meeting ground, where the faithful could study and find inspiration in a setting of scenic beauty. Today, the community continues to serve its original purpose, as well as being a popular resort on Lake Erie.


The author’s long association with Lakeside has provided her with a wealth of memories, some of which she shares in this book. Miss Durr scans many aspects of Lakeside; its scenic glory, the inspirational and entertaining programs that have been given there through the years, and, especially, the people.


It is the personal sketches, including many about still-active members of the community, that help the reader understand why Lakeside has endured with such vitality. A place is its people, and the people of Lakeside were their town’s builders. They have maintained Lakeside with dedication to their purpose and with pride in their community. This pride has resulted in the restoration of old homes, and in a feeling for the history of the village as expressed in the founding of its museum, Heritage Hall.


The summer programs sponsored by the Lakeside Association are the heart of its mission. They combine inspirational talks by well-known ministers and foreign missionaries with education by such guest speakers as Lowell Thomas and Branch Rickey and entertainment by such artists as Eileen Farrell and Mimi Benzell.


Miss Durr’s lively sketches of both local residents and famous visitors are a valuable source of local history. They give the reader a feeling for the warmth and vitality of this inspirational community.


This printing is a high quality softbound version of the hardcover book originally published in 1979.

Lakeside Lore (softbound book, republished 2021)

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