History, mystery and more! 2019 Programs

Join us each month for intriguing programs at the New York Mills Public Library. The presentations begin at 2:00 PM in the library’s community room, given by local historian and author Cheryl Pula. The programs are free, open to the public, with no registration required. They are held the second Monday of the month with two exceptions, October and November (see schedule below). Program times and dates are subject to change. If you have a question about whether or not a program will be held (inclement weather, etc.), call the library at 315-736-5391.

January 14: Saved! The sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis
In the waning months of World War II, the cruiser Indianapolis delivered the components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the island of Tinian. After that, it was sunk by a Japanese submarine. Over 800 men survived, but only a little over 300 were ultimately rescued. This is the story of what happened.

February 11: In the beginning – Food and Drink
Learn about the origins of some of our favorite foods, including pancakes, the sandwich, TV dinners, brown and serve rolls, nachos, peanut butter, and more. It’s enough to make you hungry!

March 11: The Philadelphia experiment
During World War II, the U.S. Navy conducted experiments to render ships invisible to radar. Some say one of the experiments went too far, not only making a destroyer escort invisible, but transporting it through time and space. Others say the entire story is hoax. You be the judge.

April 8: 30 seconds over Tokyo: the Doolittle Raid
Just five months after Pearl Harbor, Lt. Col. James Doolittle led 16 U.S. Army B-25 bombers on a raid on Japan in what was considered a suicide mission. The basis for the movie, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.

May 13: The Cleveland Torso Murders
Elliot Ness became famous as the man who got Al Capone (not true!) and the leader of The Untouchables. Later he faced the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, whom he never caught. This case remains an unsolved mystery today.

June 10: Mystery Hill: America’s Stonehenge
In New Hampshire lies a ruin that some historian say is as old as Stonehenge in England. Who could have built it? There are several theories.

July 8: The dancing coffins of Barbados
The Chase Family vault on Barbados contains coffins that can’t seem to sit still. What could cause them to continually rearrange themselves?

August 12: 40 whacks – Lizzie Bordon and her axe
“Lizzie Borden had an axe, gave her mother forty whacks; When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one.” Who was Lizzie Borden? Did she whack her parents? Here’s the real story behind the children’s rhyme.

September 9: The Morro Castle – fire at sea
Before the Cuban Revolution, American passenger ships made regular trips form New York to Havana. On one such trip, the liner Morro Castle caught fire under mysterious circumstances, and many people died. What caused the fire?

*October 15: Mothman
Point Pleasant, West Virginia, was a sleepy little town until people began seeing a strange, huge bat-like creature at an abandoned TNT factory. It appeared in yards, on porches, even chased people in their cars. What could it be? This was the basis for the Richard Gere movie, The Mothman Prophecies.

*November 12: The disappearance of Glenn Miller
On a flight to Paris in 1944, big band leader Glenn Miller disappeared with two other people. There are theories as to what might have happened, but it can’t be proven, as no trace of him or his plane has ever been located.

December 9: Day of infamy – December 7, 1941
The United States was plunged into World War II when the Japanese attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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