History, mystery and more! 2020 Programs

New York Mills Library will continue its’ series of programs on the second Monday of the month at 2 PM. The only exception is October, when the program will be on Tuesday, due to the Columbus Day holiday. All programs are free and open to the public. The speaker is Cheryl Pula.

January 13: Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
Learn about some weird people and things: the Chinese man who covered himself with 1.1 millon bees; a pink grasshopper; the woman who survived the sinking of Titanic, Lusitania and Britannic; a coffin made of chocolate and many more. These are really odd.

February 10: The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Jamestown, Virginia was not the first British attempt to found a permanent colony in America, neither was Plymouth, Massachusetts., The first was on Roanoke Island, in what is now North Carolina. The colonists disappeared, and not trace of them has ever been found.

March 9: Ice Water Mansions: Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes
Over 25,000 ships have ‘gone missing’ in America’s treacherous inland seas, so many that Lloyd’s of London will not insure ships that sail there. Learn the fates of many of these ships, including the most famous of all, the Edmund Fitzgerald.

April 13: Chernobyl: Nuclear Terror (canceled)
On April 26, 1986, Reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl Power Plant in the Ukraine exploded in the greatest nuclear accident in history. Fallout threatened large portions of Europe, killed scores of people through radiation poisoning, and rendered hundreds of square miles uninhabitable for at least the next 10,000 years.

May 11: The Sinking of the Lusitania (canceled)
We were taught the sinking of the liner Lusitania brought America into World War I. Did it? What were the circumstances of the sinking? Was she carrying contraband of war? If so, what was it?

June 8: S.S. Ourang Medan: Death Ship of the Indian Ocean (canceled)
In June 1947, the Dutch freighter Ourang Medan was adrift in the Indian Ocean, her entire crew still aboard, but dead, their faces contorted in horror. The ship was undamaged, and there was no clue as to what killed the crew. Here are the theories.

July 13: Old Glory: The History of the U.S. Flag
George M. Cohan said “she’s a grand old flag.” Did Betsy Ross really design it? If not, who did? How many national flags have we had, and what important events occurred during that time? Learn the history of the Stars and Stripes form the very beginning.

August 10: “Helter Skelter:” The Manson Murders
Over two days in August 1969, Actress Sharon Tate, three friends, a visitor and grocery store magnate Leo LaBianca and his wife Rosemary were murdered. Clues pointed to the perpetrators being a “Family” of hippies and disgruntled youth lead by enigmatic Charles Manson.

September 14: It’s the Law: Weird and Bizarre Laws Still on the Books in the U.S.
Did you know whaling is illegal in Oklahoma? In Colorado, you can’t legally borrow your neighbor’s vacuum cleaner? In New York flirting in public is illegal. Learn about these and lots of other odd laws still on the books are around the country.

October 13: The Gunfight at the OK Corral
Tombstone, Arizona was the site of the most famous gunfight in American history. It involved the Earp brothers: Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan and their friend John “Doc” Holliday against the McLaureys and Clantons. But did you know the gunfight didn’t take place at the OK Corral? And were the good guys really that good?

November 9: King Tut: A Question of Murder?
He was the most powerful ruler in the ancient world, and died when only nineteen. Some historians say he was murdered. If so, how? And who could have done it?

December 14: Rendlesham Forest: Britain’s Rosewell
At Christmas 1980, odd lights were seen near an American Air Force base in the Rendlesham Forest of Britain. Many people think it was a nearby lighthouse, but others maintain trained military observers would not make such a mistake, Here are the facts as we know them.

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