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A Bromfield Thanksgiving Tale

26 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

For Thanksgiving 1943, Louis Bromfield wrote a drama that centered on a young couple, shaped by their American experience – and whose engagement is secretly influenced by deceased ancestors. (The story bears resemblance to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, with those no longer living taking part in the play).

“Feast From the Harvest” was performed on the radio show Cavalcade of America, which aired different stories each week, and Bromfield was on hand to narrate his tale. More…

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OSUM Alum Named In “Who’s Who”

15 Sep , 2020  

Kim Opperman has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process

A dedicated community advocate, Ms. Opperman was a para-professional and a tutor for students with multiple disabilities, until she retired in 2018. Her original goal was to finish a teaching degree, but was given a higher calling to serve America in a greater way as CEO of her organization, Socks for Soldiers, Inc. More…

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Bromfield Takes Center Stage In New Biography

23 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Publisher’s Note: As you have likely noticed, today’s 1812Blockhouse has a “food” theme, which reminded us of a story we posted this past April about a new biography of Louis Bromfield. As the book seemed a perfect companion for summer dining experiences, we are re-posting it here today.

He is well-known locally, to be sure. Nationally, and internationally, however, he is less of a household name.

That may change somewhat in the coming months.

Mansfield and Pleasant Valley’s Louis Bromfield is rushing back into the spotlight with the April 14 publication of what has been called the first major biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and conservationist. The 325 page work entitled “The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution” is a true page turner, according to reviews shared by Publishers Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and on the website of its publisher, W.W. Norton & Company. More…

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1812Blockhouse Chats With Brutus Buckeye’s Mom, A Mansfield Native

26 Sep , 2019  

Brutus Buckeye was not born in Mansfield, but his “mother” was raised here.

Sally (Huber) Lanyon, who grew up on Arlington Avenue and went on to attend The Ohio State University, became one of the creators of Brutus Buckeye while she was still a student at OSU in Columbus. She is also the author, with her Brutus Buckeye co-creator Ray Bourhis, of “The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye: As Told To His Parents.”

Lanyon now lives in Arizona, but is traveling back to Ohio for a visit and will be at Main Street Books in Mansfield on October 3 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, for a book signing. All are welcome to attend. More…

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Four Local Authors To Be Celebrated At Upcoming AALI Social

20 Aug , 2019  

On August 30, NECIC will host four local African American authors, Jeffrey Jones, Edward Akinyemi, Brigitte Coles, and Loretta Hillard, during an upcoming AALI Social.

NECIC invites the public to join them in recognizing and celebrating the fantastic achievements of our community’s talented writers. This is a great opportunity to engage with and get to know them in an informal setting, so make sure to register to attend this month’s AALI Social. More…


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Richland Roots: From Lexington To The University Of Michigan – The Life Of Olive Anderson

26 Feb , 2019  

Her name was Olive San Louie Anderson.

Not only was her name a bit unusual, her life was a pacesetting one in the area of higher education for women. Unfortunately, it was also one which ended in tragedy.

1812Blockhouse shares posts in our “Richland Roots” series to talk about the less-commonly known stories of people born here or who lived here and went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history. Other posts in the series are available here. More…

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Library And Kingwood Team For StoryWalk

6 May , 2018  

The Mansfield/Richland Public Library and Kingwood Center Gardens are bringing local families a StoryWalk as part of Free National Public Garden Day.

The event will take place from 9 AM to 4 PM on Friday, May 11 at Kingwood. More…

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Popular Children’s Illustrator Coming To Town

1 May , 2018  

How does he do it? How does book illustrator Will Hillenbrand bring magic to the pages of books for children?

Find out first hand next week as the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library presents “An Evening With Will Hillenbrand” at the Main Library in downtown Mansfield. More…

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And… They’re Off! NaNoWriMo Has Begun

9 Dec , 2017  

Update on December 9: Over a month ago, we shared this story about National Novel Writing Month. The event in the Mansfield area ended at the end of last month, and we have final numbers to share at the end of this post.

You may be noticing an extra person or two hovering over a laptop at a Mansfield area coffee shop over the next four weeks. More…