2017 Juneteenth Presentation

The Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center will be celebrating “Juneteenth” on Saturday, June 17, 1-3 pm at the Center, 817 Harmon Street.

Juneteenth is recognized as the oldest celebration that marks the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 slaves in Galveston, Tx. were informed that they had been freed by President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

The Multicultural Center’s celebration will include a presentation on the “Underground Railroad in Northwest Ohio” by Reita Adams Smith, a descendant of David Adams who was a “conductor” on the underground railroad in Findlay, OH. There will also be a showing of the documentary video “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story”.

Food, games and children activities will also be a part of the celebration. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact us by phone 419-423-4954.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

The Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center will be celebration Cinco de Mayo Saturday May 20th from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Center located at 817 Harmon Street.

Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music and customs unique to Mexico.

Entertainment will be provided by the dance troupe Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas (Folkloric Ballet with a Mexican Image). This dance troupe was formed to promote the appreciation, dedication and performance of Mexican Folk Dance.

We invite family, youth and friends to join us as we experience food, fun and dance in this celebration. The event is free and open to the public.

For more history on Cinco de Mayo, visit our blog.

For information call 419-423-4954 and visit us on Facebook.

Explore Our World 2017

The University of Findlay and the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center have partnered to bring Explore Our World 2017 to the Findlay community! This program will take place on Monday, Feb. 20 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Black Heritage Library, 817 Harmon St., Findlay 45840.

During this 4-hour program, UF students will teach about their various countries of origin. This program is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade (children are not in school on Feb. 20th due to Presidents’ Day).

For more information, please contact the Black Heritage Library at 419-788-6794 or 419-423-4954. To register your children, please complete this form: https://goo.gl/forms/9b3JrtIPfYHxpuwP2

35th Anniversary Celebration Banquet & Fundraising Benefit

Join the Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center at its 35th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraising Banquet on February 15 at 6 pm at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 N. Main St., Findlay. The theme for the evening will be “Diversity and Education – Essential Partners!”

The late Mark Butler’s contribution to diversity and inclusion at Marathon Petroleum Corp as well as in the greater Findlay community will be honored during the evening. Mark served as Marathon’s Manager, Diversity and Inclusion until his death in 2015. In addition to a video featuring Mark, Steve Nelseon (HR) will reflect on his late friend’s legacy, as will one of Mark’s sons.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be the Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, Jacqueline T. Williams. Musical entertainment and raffle drawings will round out the evening.

jacqueline-williamsJacqueline T. Williams was appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce in April 2015 by Governor John R. Kasich. She serves as a member of the Governor’s cabinet and is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the Ohio Department of Commerce.

Commerce is one of the state’s principal regulatory agencies. Williams has made promoting the growth, success, safety and soundness of Ohio businesses a top priority; the agency also has focused on providing exceptional customer service.

Prior to her appointment, Williams served in leadership positions with a number of public and private entities, including the Development Services Agency, the Ohio Liquor Control Commission and the Bureau of Workers Compensation. Williams also spent 10 years as Executive Director of the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, which administers the state’s 529 college savings programs. Under her direction, assets and investors grew significantly.

Williams was elected and served two terms as Chair of the College Savings Plans Network. Under her guidance, the network secured tax free distribution for 529 plans. Prior to her public sector service, Williams worked for AT&T in a number of national and international capacities in sales, marketing and public relations.

Williams earned both a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has completed executive education at the Aspen Institute, WELD and the Center for Entrepreneurial Education at Miami University.

The cost of the event is $50. Reservations can be made by calling 419-423-4954 or 419-788-6794.