Upcoming Events

    • Thursday, October 06, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • CRF Museum (203 E. Main Street Loudonville OH)

    Artist and published author Robert Kroeger returns to the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, to demonstrate his palette knife and impasto technique of painting portraits of historic barns across Ohio, during the Loudonville Free Street Fair.

    From the glacier-flattened northwest to the Appalachian hills and valleys to the east and south, barns dot the Ohio landscape. Built with wooden nails and mortise-and-tenon joints and assembled with beams hand-hewn from nearby trees, some of these magnificent structures have witnessed three centuries. Many display the unique carpentry of masterful barn builders, including “mystery” wooden spikes and tongue-and-groove two-inch flooring. Sadly, a number of these barns, neglected for years, risk crumbling any day.

    Dr. Robert Kroeger, a second generation artist, is the author of "Historic Barns of Ohio," including his personal paintings of barns from every county along with essays about them. Dr. Kroeger paints with a palette knife in oils and in thick impasto, a method that gives his paintings a luscious texture.  He also makes his own frames, using reclaimed weathered barn siding, often framing the painting in wood from that specific barn.

    The event is free to attend with books available for purchase ($25) and raffle tickets sold for the opportunity to win the painting from the demonstration. 

    Doors will open at 12:00 pm with the painting demonstration progressing until approximately 3:00, when Kroeger will share stories of his barn painting journey and end with a book signing for those interested.

    Please note that the painting demonstration is not lectured, and simply an opportunity for visitors to view his work in progress. Guests are welcome to come and go throughout the day as they wish. Parking is limited due to the Street Fair and guests may wish to arrive early to provide ample time to find parking. Paid parking is available at St. Peter's Catholic Church behind the museum.

    • Monday, October 17, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CRF Museum (203 E. Main Street Loudonville OH)

    In 1952, mental patient Cletus Reese was sent home from the Cambridge State Hospital on trial release. He was to live by himself on his family's old farm near New Castle, along the Coshocton and Knox County border, with his sister checking in regularly on his progress. That turned out to be a mistake, as the unstable Reese became delusional, fearing that communist spies were overrunning the farm and that US First Lady Bess Truman was sending him telepathic messages urging Cletus to defend his nation against the spies. At least, that's what Cletus said when he finally confessed to the police, three victims having already been discovered on Reese's farm.

    Author Mark Sebastian Jordan will examine the story of Cletus Reese, illustrating his talk with numerous pictures, and looking into the secret that may have motivated much of Reese's bizarre behavior. Jordan, a regular speaker at the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, is well-known as the author of The Ceely Rose Murders at Malabar Farm and the weekly History Knox column.

    This program is free and open to the public. The event will be held in the lecture hall of the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, located at 203 E. Main Street in Loudonville, OH. Doors open at 6:30, while the event begins at 7:00 pm.

    • Monday, November 21, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CRF Museum (203 E Main Street Loudonville OH)

    Operation Torch was the 1942 Anglo-American invasion of French Morocco and Algeria during the North African Campaign of World War II.  It resulted from an uneasy compromise between the Western Allies, including opposition from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and concern from President Franklin Roosevelt. Torch was intended to relieve pressure on the Soviet Union by imperiling Axis forces in the region and enabling an invasion of Southern Europe in 1943. Critics saw North Africa as a low priority, and regarded the operation as a diversion of resources that could be more effectively used to invade German-occupied France, or to wage war against Japan.

    Commanded by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the operation was designed as a pincer movement with American landings at Morocco’s Atlantic coast and Anglo-American landings on Algeria’s Mediterranean coast. The primary objective was to secure bridgeheads for opening a second front to the rear of German and Italian forces battling the British in Libya and Egypt.

    Dr. John Moser joins the museum to view Torch in retrospect, including discussions that began soon after Pearl Harbor among the Allied leadership over how best to fight the Axis, and particularly the debate over opening a "second front" in France. Moser will consider why Roosevelt ultimately approved the landings in North Africa, in spite of his own misgivings, and examine the course of the operation itself.

    John Moser is professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Ashland University. He did his undergraduate work at Ohio University, and has an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Ashland he teaches courses on modern European, American and East Asian history, and is the recipient of the Ashland University Excellence in Scholarship Award and the Edward and Louaine Taylor Award for Excellence in Teaching. John has published numerous works on subjects ranging from comic books to Japanese foreign policy. He is author of four books, the most recent of which is The Global Great Depression and the Coming of World War II, which was published by Routledge in 2015. In addition, he has written several role-playing games for use in college classrooms, most recently Japan, 1941: Between Pan-Asianism and the West, published in 2020 by W.W. Norton. He lives in Ashland with his wife Monica and their daughter Stanzi.

    This program is free and open to the public. The event will be held in the lecture hall of the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, located at 203 E. Main Street in Loudonville, OH. Doors open at 6:30, while the event begins at 7:00 pm.
    • Monday, February 20, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CRF Museum (203 E. Main Street Loudonville OH)

    In the nineteenth century, British politicians and writers agreed: Britain ruled India “by the sword.” This is hardly surprising as empires almost inevitably rest on force, but Britain’s metaphorical “sword” in India was unusual by any measure. Its armies in India, amounting to hundreds of thousands of soldiers, were not under the control of the Crown. Instead, they were employed by the British East India Company, a private corporation turned colonial state. Restricted from enlisting men from the British Isles, the Company relied mostly on local Indian soldiers, called sepoys, who were in turn commanded by a tiny corps of white officers at the top of a highly segregated military system. Historians have long recognized this body as one of the most indispensable tools of empire—literally, the means through which it expanded and conquered. Less well explored, though, is the role that the Company’s armies played in defining the ideologies and policies of the colonial government.

    Historian Dr. Christina Welsch will focus not on battlefield victories or slogging campaigns, but rather on a hidden history of disorder within the army.  In 1809, over twelve hundred white officers in southern India mutinied against the Company’s civilian government. This was no orderly protest: mutinying officers even fired on British royal forces sent to restore peace. British onlookers were horrified, condemning the violence as an act of treason that would lead to imperial collapse. Yet, astonishingly, the officers emerged from the chaos with increased power, while their opponents faced disgrace within colonial society. Understanding this spectacular and befuddling drama requires a careful analysis of how the rebelling officers portrayed their role in the empire—not just as military actors, but as the sole guarantors of colonial stability and security. The sepoys they commanded often had very different views on such claims of authority, but the officers’ self-aggrandizement proved convincing to many Britons. Not only does the success of the officers’ claims help explain the events of 1809: it offers new insight into the Company’s rise and fall as a colonial power. More broadly still, it highlights the alarming ways that institutional inequities ripple across state and society.

    Christina Welsch is the associate professor of Britain and its Empire in the history department at the College of Wooster (Ohio). She received her BA from Emory University in 2010 and PhD from Princeton in 2017. Her first book, The Company’s Sword: The East India Company and the Politics of Militarism, 1644-1858 (Cambridge University Press, 2022), explores how military actors influenced the ideology of the colonial state in India. Her second project is an examination of the wars between the British Company and the Indian state of Mysore, arguing that these conflicts were part of a broader, global history of power. She hopes to shed light on the movement of mercenaries, camp followers, soldiers’ families, and others who reshaped the world the colonial state sought to control.

    This program is free and open to the public. The event will be held in the lecture hall of the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, located at 203 E. Main Street in Loudonville, OH. Doors open at 6:30, while the event begins at 7:00 pm.

    • Monday, March 20, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Cleo Redd Fisher Museum (203 E. Main Street Loudonville OH)

    From 1096 to 1291, Europe waged a series of religious wars against Muslims to secure control of holy sites considered sacred by both groups. In all, eight major Crusade expeditionsvarying in size, strength, and degree of successoccurred. The first Crusade was ordered by Pope Urban II at the request of the Byzantine Empire, which was losing territory to the expanding Islamic Empire. The costly, violent and often ruthless conflicts enhanced the status of European Christians, making them major players in the fight for land in the Middle East.

    In a recent Sunday sermon in Moscow, the Russian Patriarch of the Orthodox Church proclaimed that “sacrifice in the course of carrying out your military duty cleanses away all sins.” The Russian Church’s overt endorsement of the military conflict in Ukraine recalls the medieval papal indulgence that was granted to crusaders who died en route to the Holy Land. The museum welcomes Alex Novikoff, who will first explore the crusading origins of a theology of violence—how and why it developed, and how the Muslim world responded. It will explain what a crusade was, and was not. Novikoff will then look at how the ideology of crusading has continued to resonate down the halls of history, from Colonialism, to Al-Qaeda, to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

    Alex J. Novikoff teaches medieval history at Kenyon College and history and comparative religion at Franklin University Switzerland. He is the author of The Medieval Culture of Disputation: Pedagogy, Practice, and Performance, the editor of The Twelfth-Century Renaissance: A Reader, and the author of numerous articles on medieval intellectual history and interfaith relations. A recipient of the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin and an elected fellow of the UK’s Royal Historical Society, he lectures widely across North America, Europe, and the Middle East. More recently, he was a featured commentator in episode 3 of the CNN documentary Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury (2021).

    This program is free and open to the public. The event will be held in the lecture hall of the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, located at 203 E. Main Street in Loudonville, OH. Doors open at 6:30, while the event begins at 7:00 pm. 

    • Monday, April 17, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CRF Museum (203 E. Main Street Loudonville OH)

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work relief program that gave millions of young men employment on environmental projects during the Great Depression. Considered by many to be one of the most successful of Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, the CCC planted more than three billion trees and constructed trails and shelters in more than 800 parks nationwide during its nine years of existence. The CCC helped to shape the modern national and state park systems we enjoy today.

    Among the first camps established was Camp Mohican, enabling four different companies of workers to live in--and help develop--forestry projects in Mohican State Forest. Despite uncertainty surrounding the future of the camp after only one year, the project would prove to be worth funding and in the end was a staple of Mohican for nearly a decade. Kenny Libben, curator of the CRF Museum, will build off of last year's look at the greater role the CCC played across the state and the nation, and delve into the history of the CCC specifically in the Mohican area. With the help of original documents, photographs, and interviews from camp residents, Libben will explore the establishment of the camp, the lives of those who lived and worked there, and ultimately the work they completed and legacy left behind.

    Kenny Libben has been the Curator at the Cleo Redd Fisher museum for 12 years, having received national recognition from both the American Alliance of Museums and the American Association for State and Local History. He is a 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from the Ohio Local History Alliance. Libben also serves as co-editor of the international publication "Voices of Regional Museums," part of the International Council of Museums. He is the author of Image of America: Loudonville (2013) and A Short Primer on Early Perrysville History (2013).

    This program is free and open to the public. The event will be held in the lecture hall of the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, located at 203 E. Main Street in Loudonville, OH. Doors open at 6:30, while the event begins at 7:00 pm.

  The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum is a subsidiary of the Mohican Historical Society.  All rights reserved.   

The Mohican Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 203 East Main Street  Loudonville, OH 44842

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