The Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum presents “Through Their Voices: Veterans of Chagrin Valley & Beyond”. This Speaker Series will explore the stories of our veterans in their own words. The museum will host a program each month with local veterans from various wars and conflicts. All of the programs will have a question and answer session, light refreshments, and free admission! An RSVP is appreciated to 440-247-4695 or [email protected] The series is sponsored by American Legion Post 383 and VFW Post 12067.
The Opening Reception for the Speaker Series will be on Monday, June 10th at 6:30pm with light refreshments and a showing the documentary- One Mission: Chagrin Falls. This documentary was part of the 2010 Chagrin Documentary Film Fest, it was produced by local veteran, Todd D. Lyle. The film presents interviews with former soldiers, sailors, aviators, and nurses from Chagrin Falls who tell about their service to America. The stories were filmed in Chagrin Falls on Memorial Day weekend in 2010.
The first program is on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:30pm. Join us as we welcome two World War II veterans– Aaron Fox and John Jouriles. Come to hear their stories and ask questions! Light refreshments will be served.
On Wednesday, July 10th at 6pm please join us for “The Korean War: An Old Game Played By New Rules” presented by George N. Vourlojianis, Ph.D.
About the speaker: George N. Vourlojianis grew up on Cleveland’s east side. He received his BA degree from John Carroll University and Ph.D. in Civil War history from Kent State. He taught American history at Lorain County Community College for 26 years and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2015. He continues to present military history courses at John Carroll, including the Gettysburg Battlefield as an outdoor classroom taking ROTC cadets and history majors there each fall. He is the author of two books on Ohio’s military history and is the recipient of four distinguished teaching awards. During the Vietnam War Vourlojianis served in the US Army.
On Wednesday, July 31st at 7pm please join us for “Korea, A Walk to the Front and Beyond” by Korean War Veteran Frank Thomas. This is a free program and an RSVP is appreciated to Ruth Zeager at [email protected] or by calling 440-247-4695. Light refreshments will be served.
About the speaker: In 1952, Frank Thomas was drafted into the United States Army to fight in the ongoing war in Korea. Join us to hear about his experiences battling on the front lines of the war, surviving the below 0 temperatures, his friendship with a South Korean soldier, and his return trip to South Korea in 2000. He will also discuss his contact with Marilyn Monroe during her visit to the troops in Korea and his experiences with several others including Generals from WWII.
In conjunction with the Veterans Speaker Series, stop by the museum to see our new exhibit- Through Their Eyes: Chagrin Valley Veterans. This exhibit will be on display May 23 through November 11, 2019. This exhibit and speaker series are sponsored by American Legion Post 383 and VFW Post 12067.