People’s University to Explore Wheeling’s Labor History for Wheeling 250

WHEELING — Wheeling was a hotbed of unionism throughout its industrial period. In observation of the 250th anniversary of Wheeling’s founding, People’s University at the Ohio County Public Library will explore that industrial history, focusing on the experiences of the working class and the rise and organization of labor unions.

The five-class series will meet in the library’s auditorium at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 6. Instructors will include David Javersak, Hal Gorby and Patrick Cassidy.

The full schedule for People’s University classes is as follows:

– Aug. 6 — Early Industry and the Roots of Labor Organization, with Javersak as instructor.

– Aug. 13 — The Ohio Valley Trades and Labor Assembly, with Javersak as instructor.

– Aug. 20 — The 1931 Coal Strike, with Gorby as instructor.

– Aug. 27 — The Reuthers, with Cassidy as instructor.

– Sept. 3 — Progressive Ownership: Wheeling’s Tobacco Industry, with Javersak as instructor.

This year, Wheeling is observing its sestercentennial or 250th anniversary of its founding. In 1769, the Zane brothers — Ebenezer, Jonathan and Silas — claimed their land grant by tomahawk right and established the settlement that was to become Wheeling.

Wheeling 250 provides and opportunity to celebrate the city’s “bright future and treasured heritage.” People’s University: Wheeling’s Labor History is part of a year-long calendar of events related to the Wheeling 250 observation.

For more information about People’s University — Wheeling 250: Wheeling’s Labor History, call the library programming coordinator at 304-232-0244 or visit the reference desk.

In keeping with the mission of public libraries as sanctuaries of free learning for all people, the Ohio County Public Library created The People’s University, a free program for adults who want to continue their education in the liberal arts.

The People’s University features courses, taught by experts in each subject, that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in classic subjects such as history, philosophy and literature.


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