October 26, 2001

Three Programs Commemorating Veterans at Main Library:

        Bobbie Sterne Discusses Women and War and New Veterans Memorial Unveiled at The Public Library�s 47th Annual Veterans Day Program November 12

         Pearl Harbor Panel Discussion with Area Pearl Harbor Veterans Group December 5

         Digging Up Civil War Ancestors: Grave Registration Cards and More November 9


Ninth Annual Veterans� Genealogy Program Digging Up Civil War Ancestors: Grave Registration Cards and More Friday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.

The Ninth Annual Veterans� Genealogy Program on Friday, November 9, 7:00 p.m., sponsored by the History & Genealogy Department and the Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, will feature James Houston and Ray Nagel of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Bill Graver, Civil War Veterans Discharge Papers. This program will be invaluable to genealogy researchers and Civil War buffs trying to trace their ancestors from the Civil War era.

James Houston and Ray Nagel are participating in a project to establish a national database on the Internet for burial information on Civil War veterans. They are concentrating specifically on local information about Civil War veterans buried in southern and southwestern Ohio.

Bill Graver has worked extensively with records provided by the Hamilton County Recorder's Office on Civil War veterans' discharge papers, what kind of information can be found, and how it can be accessed. He will discuss his research and how to get started.

For reservations and more information, contact the History & Genealogy Department at 369-6905.

Bobbie Sterne Discusses Women and War and New Veterans Memorial to Be Unveiled at The Public Library�s 47th Annual Veterans Day Program November 12

Cincinnati�s first woman Mayor and former City Councilwoman Bobbie Sterne will be the keynote speaker for the 47th Annual Veterans Day Program to be held at the Main Library on Monday, November 12 at 10:45 a.m. Ms. Sterne, who served in the Army Nurse Corps as First Lieutenant with the 25th General Hospital Unit in Europe during World War II, will talk on� �Women and War.�� Some of her many awards include: Enquirer Woman of the Year, Ohio Woman Hall of Fame, 1979, Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, 1997, and Great Living Cincinnatian Award, 2000.

A special part of this year�s program will be the unveiling and dedication of the new Veterans Memorial, which will showcase the Library�s collection of veterans� memorabilia and the bell from the third USS Cincinnati in a new display case opposite the circulation desk.� The Main Library that opened in 1955 was dedicated as a memorial to the Hamilton County veterans who gave their lives in wars. A large bronze floor plaque bearing the Great Seal of the United States, that has been part of the building since 1955, has been relocated to this area.� Separate displays in two cases in the program area will showcase the silver presentation service from the second USS Cincinnati. The Book of Homage, which lists over 3,000 Hamilton Countians who gave their lives in service to their country, is permanently housed in the Main Library as well. Facsimile copies of The Book of Homage will be available free of charge.

The program will also include a Color Guard, patriotic musical selections performed by the Symphonia Brass Ensemble, presentation of wreaths by various Hamilton County veterans groups, a Lighting of the Flame of Remembrance, and the playing of taps.� To honor Ms. Sterne, a special proclamation from the Hamilton County Commissioners will be presented at the event.

Pearl Harbor Panel Discussion with Area Pearl Harbor Veterans Group on Wednesday, December 5, 12 Noon�

A panel discussion to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II will take place in the Main Library Atrium on Wednesday, December 5, 12 noon. It will feature several members of the Cincinnati Pearl Harbor Survivor�s Association. Moderating the event will be Dan Hurley, WKRC-TV 12 history reporter and founder of Applied History Associates.

The Pearl Harbor Survivor�s Association was begun by the late Sam Kronberger, of West Virginia, who had a dream: "Let's get some of the fellows together!" After discussing the Pearl Harbor attack with another survivor, it was agreed appropriate to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the attack by holding a meeting of survivors on December 7, 1958. And thus was the beginning: eleven survivors arranged to meet on December 7, 1958 at a restaurant in Gardena, California. Several years later, the group went national, and the Cincinnati Chapter was established in the 1980s.

�The group�s purpose:

         Uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, collate, preserve, and encourage the study of historical episodes, chronicles, mementos, and events pertaining to "The Day of Infamy, 7 December 1941," and in particular those memories and records of patriotic service performed by the heroic Pearl Harbor survivors and nonsurvivors.

         Shield from neglect the graves, past and future, of those who served at Pearl Harbor on such day.

         Stimulate communities and political subdivisions into taking more interest in the affairs and future of the United States in order to keep our nation alert.

         Fight unceasingly for our national security in order to protect the United States from enemies within and without our border.

         Preserve the American way of life and foster the spirit and practice of Americanism.

         Instill love of country and flag and to promote soundness of mind and body in the youth of our nation.

After the program there will be a question-and-answer session, and a reception to follow.




Information about events at the Main Library and 41 branch libraries is available on the Internet site: www.CincinnatiLibrary.org.


Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired. Please call 369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.