Lecture series to focus on settlers

WHEELING — The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society has launched a monthly lecture series, Wheeling’s First Families, as part of the year-long Wheeling 250 observance.

Lectures are being offered in the auditorium at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., at 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month through October. In celebration of Wheeling’s 250th anniversary, the genealogical society’s lectures focus on the families that settled Wheeling. All programs are free and open to the public.

This month’s program will be presented by John Bowman, a Wheeling historian and West Virginia History Hero. He also is a steamboat model builder and the author of many articles and books that document Wheeling’s history.

The series began in January with a presentation by Travis Henline on Native Americans. He is the project manager for the proposed Wheeling museum.

The schedule of programs for the Wheeling’s First Families series is as follows:

¯ March 9 — “David, Moses and Lydia Shepherd,” presented by David Javersak.

¯ April 13 — “James Caldwell Family,” presented by Bob Mead.

¯ May 11 — “John Eoff Family,” presented by Scott Owen.

¯ June 8 — “John Nichols and John Waddle Families,” presented by Jay Frey.

¯ July 13 — “Lewis Wetzel Family,” presented by Joe Roxby.

¯ Aug. 10 — “Archibald Woods Family,” presented by Bekah Karelis.

¯ Sept. 14 — “McColloch Family,” presented by Margaret Brennan.

¯ Oct. 12 — “Other Early Families,” presented by Jeanne Finstein.

The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable also is presenting a special lecture series this year to coincide with the Wheeling 250 observance.

Roundtable talks, exploring the theme of Wheeling During the Civil War, are being offered at 6:30 p.m. on specified Mondays in the library’s auditorium. The programs are free and open to the public.

Wheeling 250 is a year-long, community-wide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding. More information on Wheeling 250 events can be found online at www.wheeling250.net.