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Local author to share Memories of a Lifetime
March 24, 2017

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Mill Creek MetroParks author Rick Shale will share Memories of a Lifetime 10 a.m. Saturday in the Kravitz's Deli meeting room, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty Township, for the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society.

The program highlights include a biography of park founder Volney Rogers; his quest to create "the green cathedral"; the award-winning design by Central Park garden architect Frederick Law Olmsted; the formation of a county-wide park district; and the unique park facilities available, at no charge to the public, including the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve, a National Historic Landmark and boyhood home of the famed children's storywriter.

Shale, of Boardman, was born and raised in the Youngstown area and is a graduate of Boardman High School. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and earned Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in American culture from the University of Michigan.

Shale is a recently retired professor of English at Youngstown State University, where he taught courses in film study and screenwriting. He was a three-time recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award.

He is the author of many articles on film and popular culture. His previous books include "Donald Duck Joins Up: The Walt Disney Studio During World War II," three books on the Academy Awards, "Idora Park: The Last Ride of Summer," co-authored with Charles J. Jacques Jr., and "Historic Mill Creek Park," co-authored with Carol Potter.

He is presently working on a biography of Joseph G. Butler Jr.

Shale currently serves on the board of directors of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and chairs its Historic Preservation Committee. He is a trustee of the B. F. Wirt Trust and is currently the president of the Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society.

He previously served on Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners. He has served on the national board of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as vice president for Chapter Development. Shale has been a trustee of the national Phi Kappa Phi Foundation.

The WHMHS will sell the newly released DVD "William Holmes McGuffey, America's Schoolmaster," in celebration of its 55th anniversary. The society provides high-interest public programming, at no cost, in an effort to keep the McGuffey legacy alive locally.

McGuffey is known as the author of the famous "Eclectic Readers," published in 1836 and still in print. His homestead is a National Historic Landmark located in Coitsville Township. Now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve, it was donated to Mill Creek MetroParks by the WHMHS in 1998.

The program is open to the public, and admission is $5. Refreshments will be served, and a goodwill offering will be accepted to benefit the society.

A 50 / 50 raffle will be held, and entertainment will be provided by Delores DePietro.

Reservations are required, but walk-ins are admitted based upon seat availability.

For more information, contact event chairperson Richard S. Scarsella at 330-726-8277.

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