Saturday, February 22, 2003

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Events mark Morgan's Raid anniversary

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On the 140th anniversary of Morgan's Raid, the ghost of the dashing Confederate general will come riding across southern Ohio and Indiana.

The 185-mile John Hunt Morgan Trail will be formally recognized from 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the first state capital building on Capital Avenue in Corydon in Harrison County, Ind. The public is invited.

The trail runs across southeastern Indiana to the Ohio line, and provides informational signs and brochures about the 1863 raid.

In Ohio, the Loveland Historical Society Museum will feature a Morgan's Raid exhibit from May 17 to Sept. 21, to celebrate the raid.

On display will be Civil War items, including uniforms, rifles, swords and other weapons, as well as memorabilia - maps, field gear photographs, letters and other items.

The museum had a similar five-month exhibit in 1995, and received top honors from the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums.

Museum directors are asking people of the region to lend items for the display. "Items will be displayed in locked, glass cases and protected by other security measures," said Janis Fogle, a society spokeswoman.

People should bring their Civil War items to the museum from noon to 5 p.m. April 12 for assessment. The museum is at 201 Riverside Drive.

One of the major events during the five months will be a Civil War book fair from 1-4:30 p.m. June 7.

"The fair will feature authors who have written and published books about the Civil War," said Lester Horwitz, author of The Longest Raid of the Civil War.

"The newly built History House on the museum's campus will be used for the public to meet the authors and have them autograph their books," he said. "This may be the first Civil War book fair held in the nation, and it promises to be the largest gathering of Civil War authors under one roof."

Info: Harrison County Visitors Bureau, (800) 559-2956. Loveland Historical Society Museum: 683-5692.

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Middletown is the latest community to weigh in with a sculpture: a 1,500-pound lion with a 100-pound child - a reading child - on its back.

It will be publicly displayed for the first time at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Middletown Public Library, 125 S. Broad St. The lion will be presented to Noah E. Powers II, president of the library's board. The public is invited.

Jack Howard, chairman of the Friends of the Library Sculpture Committee, said the Library Lion required 44 individual castings.

It took the group 15 years to save the first $17,000, but at that point the group sought the help of community foundations to pay for the $57,000 project.

After a competition, the committee chose Loveland artist Nancy-Carolyn Smith's design, "Where Shall We Travel Today?"

"She wrote that the child represents the reader," Howard said. "The lion takes the child into all places to be explored in the mind, in the world, beyond the world, and in the heart. Where shall we travel today?"

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Allan R. Millett, a professor at Ohio State University, will sign copies of his new book, Their War for Korea: American, Asian and European Combatants and Civilians, 1945-1953, from 1-4 p.m. March 8 at Books in Shandon, 4795 Cincinnati-Brookville Road, Shandon.

Millett is a leading military historian and the son of the former Miami University president for whom Millett Hall is named. His book features personal Korean War stories, many based on interviews he conducted.

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The Owensville Branch of the Clermont County Public Library will present "Feed the Birds," stories and information about how to make a treat for birds in your back yard.

It will be at 2 p.m. today at the library, 2548 U.S. 50. Call ahead to register: 732-6084.

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School and scout groups are invited to see maple sugaring programs at the Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve in Colerain Township. The sap run begins in February when the nights are cold and the days are warming (we hope).

The park naturalist will present programs for first-graders and older Tuesday through Friday. The 90-minute sessions will be at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and, on Friday, an additional session at 3:30 p.m.

Information: 521-PARK.

Randy McNutt's community column runs on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail: Rmncutt@enquirer.com.




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