Local authors to appear at Wolcott Keeper’s House Music at Firelands event Featured

Leslie Korenko

Nel Adcock reads to a group of children at the Keeper's House.

Two local authors will appear at the Wolcott Keeper's House Saturday, July 13, during the Music in the Firelands event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., to present their books on local history. 

Leslie Korenko is the author of four books about the history of Kelleys Island with each book focusing on a specific period of time. She has written historical columns for the Black Swamp Trader & Gazette and authors the Kelleys Island News column in the Put-in-Bay Gazette. Her stories of Kelleys Island soldiers during the Civil War have appeared in the Ohio Civil War Genealogy Journal. Leslie appeared on the Robin Swoboda television show, That’s Life, presenting a slice of the island’s history.  The books feature the Islanders' own words in letters and newspaper correspondence, telling quirky and sometimes harrowing parts of the Island's history between 1810 through the 1870's.  Leslie received the Henry Howe Award for outstanding Ohio history books at the Ohio Genealogical Society annual convention in Cleveland in April, 2012.

Marblehead resident Nelda “Nel” Adcock's book,  My Firelands Adventure, is inspired by the original residents of the Wolcott Keeper's House and their experiences during the War of 1812.   Selima Wolcott, Benajah Wolcott’s younger daughter, meets  a young Indian boy and shares an adventure.  She learns a few things along the way, as will Nel’s young readers.  The retired teacher admits hiding many interesting facts in the story. She looks forward to sharing it with more classrooms.  The book is illustrated by local artist David Schwan and the story and pictures will appeal to children beyond the 7-10 age group at which it is aimed. Adcock, who has degrees from Capital University and Penn State, has taught in central Ohio, the Panama Canal Zone and at the University of Dayton.  

An Ice Cream Social will be offered throughout the day, and Tracie Henson will perform traditional dulcimer music from 12-2 p.m.  The Keeper's House, the 1820's home of Benajah Wolcott, the first Keeper of the Marblehead Light, will be open for tours, as will the gift shop/museum and the historic cemetery.  The Keeper's House is located at 9999 East Bayshore Road, 2 1/2 miles southwest of the Marblehead Lighthouse. The Keeper's House is a restoration and living history project of the Ottawa County Historical Society and is supported through donations, fund raising and grants.

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