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Forgotten history of Wheeling’s city government to be explored

WHEELING — The history of Wheeling’s city government will be explored at noon Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the weekly Lunch With Books program at the Ohio County Public Library in downtown Wheeling.

A dual city council, a whipping post, a pillory and a ducking chair are some of the highlights through history. Another is an ordinance to “prevent certain improper practices therein specified,” such as kite-flying and hoop-rolling. From the early leaders of Wheeling following Ebenezer Zane’s 1769 tomahawk rights laying claim to the area, to the 1806 founding of the Town of Wheeling, to the 1836 transition to the City of Wheeling, Erin Rothenbuehler will discuss changes in and forgotten facts about governing bodies and politics of Wheeling.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they begin at noon on Tuesdays in the library’s auditorium. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.

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