For this week's Manifest Blog, we have decided to introduce our staff and highlight some of the great work they do in the Archives and Heritage Hall Museum for the 2020 season. Some may be new faces, some may be old faces, but we are all here to help serve you and help with any historical needs you may have!
Lakeside Heritage Society welcomes back former intern, Evan Engelhart, into a new role as the Manager of Operations. Evan was an intern for LHS while completing his B.A. in History at Heidelberg University. He returned to work as the LHS Archival Intern and continued to work as an intern through the 2017 summer season and into 2018 in the Archives. Evan graduated from Heidelberg University in May of 2017 with a degree in History and minor in Public History and is currently pursuing a graduate degree and teaching license in special education through Ashland University. He also has other experience at local museums as he spent two years working at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont, Ohio. When not at Lakeside, Evan spends his mornings coaching football for the Perkins Pirates. This will be his fourth year coaching but his first year with Perkins and is very excited to see what they can accomplish with their new staff! He is very excited to come back to Lakeside and is looking forward to a fun filled summer with LHS! Stop in to the Archives this summer to meet Evan or contact him at email@example.com for more information.
Favorite Museum Artifact: 1800s fire extinguisher
Hobbies/time spent outside of work: Coaching football or anything on the Lake and near water
Hometown: Bellevue, OH
Lakeside Heritage Society also welcomes back another past intern, Haley Hoffman. Her new role in the organization is the archival assistant. Haley grew up in Marblehead and went to Danbury High School. She has been coming to Lakeside her entire life but only recently learned how much history is in this small community. Haley just graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.A. in History this spring. She was an LHS intern in the summer of 2019 and came back for the winter of that same year. Haley also worked as a student assistant for the BGSU Center for Archival Collections during her senior year in college. Haley will be returning to Bowling Green State University to obtain a master’s degree in Public History in the fall; she hopes to someday become a certified archivist. Haley is excited to return to the Lakeside Heritage Society and apply what she has learned about archiving to help organize and preserve the history of Lakeside.
Favorite Museum Artifact: Sunday School Chautauqua Desk
Hobbies/time spent outside of work: reading, drawing, and spending time on Lake Erie.
Hometown: Marblehead, Ohio
The Lakeside Heritage Society welcomes Laurie Switzer as the professional librarian. Laurie retired as an Educator from Strongsville City Schools. During her career, most years were served at Strongsville High School as the Media Specialist for instructional technology integration and digital literacy. That work included database management of both print and non-print media. Earlier, she taught courses featuring journalism and mass media. After retiring, Laurie was the K-12 Outreach and Special Projects Administrator at Cleveland’s public media entity, ideastream® for seven years. During that time, she managed large public media grants, produced digital media, and served as the instructional designer of NewsDepth, a multimedia current events program for students. For that work, she received four regional Emmy® nominations and was awarded two Emmys.
Laurie earned her undergraduate in Communications from the University of Mount Union, and completed a Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology at Kent State University followed by post-graduate work in Educational Administration at Cleveland State University.
As a past Chair of the board for INFOhio, Ohio’s digital preK-12 library for all Ohio students, Laurie is pleased to continue using her knowledge of MARC records, cataloging, and media management to assist the Lakeside Heritage Society in preserving Lakeside’s memories.
Favorite Museum Artifact: The building itself!
Hobbies/time spent outside of work: Relaxing in Lakeside, reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Carolyn Beears’ Lakeside story is very much like the multiple personalities story Three Faces of Eve.
Carolyn’s Dad was a Methodist Local Pastor and he served as the Dean for Cleveland District Institute in Lakeside several times. Carolyn and her sisters got to be the camp kids and enjoy Lakeside along with the Instituters during the 1950’s.
The apple does not fall far from the tree and Carolyn served on the staff of Reach Out Conference Camp in Lakeside for 27 summer camps. Carolyn’s best Lakeside memories are camp memories in Wo-Ho-Mis and The Chapel in the Woods and South Auditorium.
A third Lakeside personality came into being about 10 years ago when Carolyn was invited to be the Museum Specialist at Heritage Hall. Carolyn enjoyed a 30-year career doing museum education at the Health Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Spending the last 10 summers in Lakeside with the Lakeside Heritage Society has been a wonderful gift from God.
Favorite Museum Artifact: The collection of Fine Print Book Store Scavenger Hunt mementos
Hobbies/time spent outside of work: During the winter Carolyn spends her time as a choir member and the Fellowship Chairperson for her church.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
My name is Lisa Bauer and my responsibilities are to catalog and accession objects that have been acquired by the Lakeside Heritage Society. I also input data on memberships and donations. I began working at the LHS archive building in 2017, after retiring from a teaching career. I have lived in the area for 35 years, and my husband and I were both teachers at Danbury Local Schools. Since my retirement, I have been keeping myself busy working at the archives and as a substitute teacher at Danbury. I am also a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, and soon will be a member of the Ottawa County Board of Elections.
Favorite Museum Artifact: My favorite artifact on display in the museum is a photo circa 1900 of a woman standing by the East Second Street gate. I am always fascinated by old photographs; they tell a story of a moment in time that is long gone.
Hobbies/time spent outside of work: I enjoy traveling, reading, hanging out with friends, and taking walks with my dog, Scruffy. During the “stay-at- home” months I started teaching myself how to play my husband’s guitar. My favorite artifact on display in the museum is a photo circa 1900 of a woman standing by the East Second Street gate. I am always fascinated by old photographs; they tell a story of a moment in time that is long gone.
Former LHS Manager of Operations, Dakota Harkins, has now taken over educational programming for Lakeside Chautauqua as Director of educational and heritage programming. For any programming suggestions or questions, contact Dakota at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Evan Engelhart
The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors, ushered in a period in American history known as Prohibition. Prohibition officially went into effect on January 17, 1920, with the passage of the Volstead Act. Despite the new legislation, Prohibition was difficult to enforce. The increase of the illegal production and sale of liquor, the proliferation of speakeasies and the accompanying rise in gang violence and other crimes led to waning support for Prohibition by the end of the 1920s. In early 1933, Congress adopted a resolution proposing a 21st Amendment to the Constitution that would repeal the 18th. The 21st Amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933, ending Prohibition.
Lakeside’s view of Prohibition and the consumption of alcohol have long been noted. Since the founding of the Methodist camp meetings, alcohol has not been welcome on Lakeside grounds. Still today, you cannot purchase or publically consume alcohol within Lakeside. Lakesiders have historically been supporters of Prohibition and the restraint of alcohol.
The Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) has long had a residence in Lakeside. The WCTU was founded in 1873, with its first apparent reference to Lakeside in 1878, when the program listed a session sponsored by the “Women’s National Temperance Union.” In the late 1880s, the Lakeside Company offered the WCTU a lot to build a headquarters on site. This designated lot was on the corner of Fifth Street and Central Ave, which became 461 Central. This is a clear sign that the Lakeside Company supported the WCTU’s presence in the community and supported their position to end the consumption of alcohol in Lakeside.
According to a 1929 Port Clinton Republican Herald article, famous Evangelicalist Billy Sunday spoke to a crowd of up to 5,000 at Hoover Auditorium. Sunday spoke out against the ratification of the 21st Amendment. He was so against it, he stated that if he had to, he would dry up America himself and that the greatest clamanity that could befall the nation would be the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Sunday’s speech drew one of Lakeside’s largest crowds in Hoover, even today.
Several Peninsular News articles published shortly before the end of Prohibition told the stories of those in the community bold enough to break Prohibition laws in Lakeside. One story from March of 1930 tells the tale of a number of Lakeside and Marblehead boys who came across some washed up liquor and kegs of beer from the water. They then decided to drink that liquor on the shores of Central Park, in the shadow of the old bell. Later that same year, were two articles posted on the same day, a few days after Christmas. The first one explains how a holiday party turned sour when a fight broke out after a night spent with “fire water” and “liquid lightning”. Deputy Sheriff Phillip Lynch was able to restore the peace in Lakeside and the Christmas cheer party was over. That same night, three young men were caught breaking into the local priest’s basement in search of the sacramental wine. There had been wine gone missing “for some time”, so the priest set a trap. He attached an electric bell to the cellar door that would ring in the first floor bedroom. He caught the three youth red handed and handed them over to law enforcement but did not press charges.
These stories, and many more untold stories, tell the tales of alcohol and its consumption within Lakeside’s gates. Once referred to by President Woodrow Wilson as, “a great social and economic experiment”, Prohibition was difficult to enact and even more difficult to enforce. Like much of the country by the early twentieth century, Lakesiders' were ready to rid themselves of alcohol to create a safer, purer, and morally straighter country. While the rest of the country eventually reverted on that goal, Lakeside has historically steered towards a dry community.