February 28, 2015 – Meeting

“Coming to Ohio” presented by Marilyn Weiler

President Betty Meier introduced storyteller Marilyn Weiler’s program, “Coming to Ohio.” Dressed in period costume, Marilyn gave a “first-person” presentation as Margaret Johnson, a character she invented to represent a young pioneer woman of the early 1800s. Blending fact and fiction, she told the story of two families journeying from Pittsburgh down the Ohio River, then over Zane’s Trace and finally making their way through dense uncharted forests to reach the land they had previously purchased from land speculators, only to find other settlers already occupying their property. The problem was resolved peacefully with all the families crowding into the existing cabin until others could be built. A question and answer period followed and Marilyn shared several books on early Ohio History.