Discover a whole new world at speaker series

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – What do wooly mammoths, volcanoes, bats, and Christopher Columbus have in common? All will be a part of the 2001 Lyceum Distinguished Speaker Series at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Spend your Friday evenings this winter with an intriguing lineup of speakers from around the country. Meet Christopher Columbus, go climbing with paraplegic mountain climber Mark Wellman, and travel to the stars with astronomer Stephen P. Maran.

Each Friday evening, beginning at 7:30 p.m., come to Happy Days Visitor Center and be transported to distant times and places by speakers considered experts in their field.

The series kicks off Jan. 5, when Hank Fincken portrays Christopher Columbus in a controversial interactive living history presentation.

“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” It’s likely you learned this phrase in grade school along with other “facts” about Christopher Columbus. But, was he a hero or someone to be ashamed of? Even today the controversy over Columbus’ exploits rages on.

While some of what he says may offend our 1990s sensibility, Fincken, a national theater company of one, hopes to portray Columbus’ thoughts as accurately as possible.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 6-12.

Happy Days Visitor Center is located on state Route 303, west of Route 8 in Boston Heights.

For more information, call 216-524-1497 or 800-445-9667, or visit www.nps.gov/cuva.

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