MassMu Brown Bag Lunch—
“Why Ohio? The Move West Following the Revolutionary War.”
Christine Bowman, Local History and Genealogy Specialist at the Massillon Public Library, will speak at the Massillon Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, July 26. Her program will begin in Gessner Hall at 12:10 p.m. and conclude at 12:50 p.m. to accommodate those who attend on their lunch breaks.
Her topic, “Why Ohio? The Move West Following the Revolutionary War,” will explore why the Northwest became a focus for settlement after the American Revolution. The new nation had more land than money and territories like Ohio began to grow largely because of government strategies. Land sales were a key part of this expansion, but sections of the state also were used to compensate soldiers for their service. Combining these methods, Ohio soon became a thriving state.
“Come and find out how it all began and how you might research your own land to learn its story!” Bowman says.
At the Massillon Public Library, Bowman develops and maintains a collection of reference materials for research and teaches classes on genealogy and local history. She has degrees in English and history from Kent State University. Prior to her current position, she taught history and humanities courses at the Kent State University Stark Campus and the University of Akron, while working for the Tuscarawas County Public Library. She continues to teach at Kent Stark and maintains the Massillon Heritage Foundation archives.
Admission to Brown Bag Lunches is free and no reservations are required. The Museum provides free cookies and coffee for attendees. Guests can purchase sandwiches, salad, and smoothies at Greatness Cafe in the Museum lobby or they can bring their own lunches.
The Massillon Museum receives operational support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark. This event is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
MassMu is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. A visit is always free and everyone is welcome. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator – 330-844-1525