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A History of Wheeling in Photographs Explored

The former Dan Cohen Shoes storefront on Market Street in downtown Wheeling is shown in this photo from the Ohio County Public Library’s historic archives.

WHEELING –Visitors will take a tour through local history at noon Tuesday at the Ohio County Public Library in downtown Wheeling as the weekly Lunch With Books program presents Wheeling 250: Floods, Fires and Storefronts — Photographing Wheeling’s History.

October is National Archives Month. In celebration of Wheeling 250 and in conjunction with Archives Month, the OCPL’s Local History and Archives Team will explore how commercial photography as well as floods, fires and disasters have helped preserve Wheeling’s story in images. The program will also mark the opening of a special exhibit in the Library Auditorium featuring photographs of Wheeling between the 1930s and the 1960s taken by two generations photographers, Dick Cress and his father, Robert Cress.

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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