Region briefs, Jan. 10

Learn to trace family history and more with genealogy classes

FREMONT — Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is to host a series of genealogy classes titled “Learning About Your Past.”

The series covers various topics and levels of genealogy. Becky Hill, head librarian at HPLM and a genealogist, is to lead the classes.

The cost is $10 per person and can be paid the day of class or online at Class times are 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Dates and topics are as follows:

• Feb. 17 – Make a family tree on

• March 3 – Beginning genealogy.

• March 24 – Using free genealogy websites.

• April 7 – and paid genealogy websites.

For more information, call (419) 332-2081 or visit

Presidential History book club schedule for 2018 announced

FREMONT — Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums hosts the Presidential History Book Club once a month in the museum/library building.

Members can get each month’s book from a local library or buy a copy. Copies of the books are to be sold in the museum store at HPLM. Curator Dustin McLochlin prepares talking points to generate a discussion during the noon meetings.

The club has set the following meeting and topics:

“Benjamin Harrison” by Charles W. Calhoun, Jan. 31.

“President McKinley: Architect of the American Century” by Robert W. Merry, Feb. 28 and March 28.

“The Triumph of McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters,” April. 25.

“The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, May 30, June 27 and July 25.

Kids can learn to make ice cream at educational event

FREMONT — Second Saturday R 4 Kids is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. Saturday at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library &


During the event, children can see the exhibit “‘Ice for Everybody’: Lake Erie and America’s Ice Harvesting Industry” and learn how the ice industry allowed people to keep foods such as ice cream in their homes. Children will also have the opportunity to make their own ice cream.

Admission costs $1 for kids. For more information or to register, call (419) 332-2081, ext. 246.

Foundation awards $133,500 in grants to organizations

FOSTORIA — The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Inc. has awarded grants totaling $133,500 to area organizations in the second half of 2017.

The following is the list of grant recipients:

• Fostoria Area Visitor’s Bureau, $25,000.

• Fostoria Community Improvement Corp., $15,000.

• Fostoria Ohio Glass Association, $3,500.

• Fostoria Area Historical Society, $3,000.

• Good Shepherd Home, $2,000.

• Fostoria Learning Center Fund opened with a $15,000 gift from Greater Fostoria Community Involvement Fund and $20,000 grant from the Miller Family Donor Advised Fund.

Also, a private grant of $50,000 was given to a Fostoria organization.

The spring application deadline is Feb. 28.

GFCF seeking sponsors for Country Mardi Gras Returns Feb. 23

FOSTORIA — The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation Inc. is to present its Country Mardi Gras Returns! fundraiser 6-11 p.m. Feb. 23 at Stacy’s Place, 625 Plaza Drive.

Hors d’oeuvres are to be served and 50/50 raffles served during the event. Attendees also are to have the chance to win four one-day passes to Walt Disney World. GFCF has invited a local band, Brent Lowry and The Drifters.

The foundation is offering table sponsorships for the event. Businesses, organizations and individuals are welcome to be a table sponsor.

To sponsor a table or purchase tickets, email director@fostoria or call (419) 435-2823.