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Clarrissa posted 5/12/2013 11:56 AM

Last week there was a short bit on the local news about the ongoing demolition at the children's home I grew up in. The story cited the local library as saying it had been founded in 1886.

You'd think they could have done a *little* research to come up with the correct year. They could have looked in *one* book (which they most assurredly have) since it's local history.

So I emailed the station and pointed out their error and recommended a couple books they could read. I did get a response from them thanking me for pointing the error out and an admission of it.

[This message edited by Clarrissa at 11:57 AM, May 12th (Sunday)]

authenticnow posted 5/12/2013 12:52 PM

I'm glad you let them know. You'd think, of all places, a library would be a little more careful with their research.

Clarrissa posted 5/12/2013 14:10 PM

AN, like I said, this concerned local history, *very* local history. They have the only book they need to check anything they need to about this place. At least you'd think so. It's called tThe Pride of Ohio and the Home is (was) the pride of Ohio... before politics got involved. But that's a whole 'nother rant. The Home shared 126 years of history with the town. So yeah, you'd think they'd know.

Threnody posted 5/12/2013 21:37 PM

Sloppy copy makes me crazy. I completely get it.

Clarissa, I cannot clearly recall, but you may know: was the Home mentioned in And Ladies of the Club? The rope yard was, obviously, and the pillars at the one estate. But I cannot for the life of me remember if the Home was mentioned or if perhaps it was rewritten as a hospital or something. Reading And Ladies of the Club is kind of like reading a map; the detail is so rich. It was fun to eat lunch at the Oasis Cafe with my mom, for example, and know we were in the old lecture hall. I'm thinking the Home was built right at about the time And Ladies of the Club was happening, and it would be astonishing if it didn't make its way into the book because it is one of THE landmarks in town -- all of the others seem to have made it in. I probably need to reread it.

Clarrissa posted 5/13/2013 18:19 PM

Thren, to be honest, I never made it through that book. As much of a reader that I am I just could not finish it. I made halfway through before I just gave up on it. To me it was a very dry read. I kept asking myself when the story was going to start, like it was a book-length introduction. The Home may have made it in there but if so, I didn't get to that part.

If you're interested, there's a book called A Home Of Their Own by Edward Lantz.

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