Join us at the Monroeville Branch Library for the Four Presidents Historical Society meetings in 2017!
The Hamilton Sisters of Fort Wayne
March 1 • 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker: David Dew
Retired Northwood Middle School history teacher, David Dew, talks about the famous Hamilton sisters of Fort Wayne. Edith Hamilton was an accomplished Classical scholar, educator and author. Alice Hamilton was the first female professor in Harvard University’s medical school and she is considered to be the founder of OSHA. Edith and Alice had a first cousin, Agnes, who assisted indigent women and children in Fort Wayne by founding the local YWCA, opening the first library and helping to establish the Bethany Presbyterian Church.
The Curious Case of Cornelius Garvin
May 3 • 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Jane Gastineau
Lincoln Librarian, Jane Gastineau, discusses the research she conducted for an Irish scholar who requested information on Cornelius Garvin. Garvin was a resident of the Rensselaer County Almshouse, and he was sold as a substitute into the Union army by the home’s superintendent. Cornelius, who was mentally disabled, had been placed in the county almshouse by his mother, Catharine. She was no longer able to care for her eighteen-year-old son at home. When Catharine went to visit her son one day, the superintendent informed her that Cornelius was now in the army. Catharine Garvin spent many years looking for her son, even enlisting the aid of President Abraham Lincoln, but she ultimately accepted the findings of the U.S. Army investigation that her son was dead. The basis for Jane’s research are the documents in the Catharine Garvin Collection that are housed in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection at the Allen County Public Library.