Upcoming Talks

July 5, 2017
To Devise Artistic Designs” | Archibald Willard and His Masonic Masterworks
Wellington Genealogy Group Monthly Meeting
Lorain County Community College Wellington Center
Meeting begins at 6:30PM
Free and open to the public
Local artist Archibald Willard is best known for painting “The Spirit of ’76.” But he left behind an extensive body of work, including murals, portraits, comedic scenes and even decorated furniture. When Wellington Masonic Lodge #127 discovered the existence of three enormous Masonic tracing boards signed by Willard, it initiated an historical investigation that shed light on a little known part of Willard’s life–his decades of membership in, and artistic contributions to, the Freemasons of Ohio.

January 9, 2018
Into the Wilderness: A Massachusetts Household Emigrates to Ohio
Inaugural Lecture of the 2018 Wellington Bicentennial Series
Patricia Lindley Center for the Performing Arts
Doors open at 6:30PM; lecture begins at 7PM
Free and open to the public
In 1818, a farming family from the Berkshire region of Massachusetts left behind all they knew and traveled west on foot to begin a new life in the Ohio country. Many of us have heard stories of the founding of Wellington, but what you may not know is that one member of that settler household was a woman of color, a freed slave who had formerly belonged to the family she now accompanied “into the wilderness.”