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The Battle of Lake Erie: By the Numbers

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by David Robert Weible

 

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial watches over the Put-in-Bay. Credit: Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, Flickr
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial watches over the Put-in-Bay.

In the upcoming summer issue of Preservation magazine, I head back to my Midwestern roots to celebrate and explore the history behind the most important naval battle of the War of 1812: the Battle of Lake Erie.

Fought to the northwest of Put-in-Bay, Ohio on September 10, 1813, the American fleet, led by 28-year-old Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, eventually prevailed over their more heavily gunned British counterparts, turning the tide of the war.

Below are a few facts and figures to whet your appetite for my full account in the Summer issue.
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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

[Slideshow] Cincinnati's Workers Murals: Historic Treasures on the Move

Posted on: June 8th, 2013 by David Robert Weible

 

Winold Reiss traveled to local Cincinnati industries and businesses in search of scenes to capture in his murals. Pictured here is a scene from American Laundry Machinery Inc., which at the time, was the world’s largest producer of industrial laundry equipment. This mural is one of the nine that will have to be moved.
Winold Reiss traveled to local Cincinnati industries and businesses in search of scenes to capture in his murals. Pictured here is a scene from American Laundry Machinery Inc., which at the time, was the world’s largest producer of industrial laundry equipment. This mural is one of the nine that will have to be moved.

They've done it before. The question is whether they can do it again.

With the completion of Cincinnati’s new Art Deco Union Terminal in 1933, officials commissioned over 18,000 square feet of art for its walls meant to transform the city’s image from one to be avoided on cross-country train travel, to a desired stopover. The largest portion of that space went to Winold Reiss, who set about depicting the industrial prowess of the Cincinnati area with 23 glass mosaic tile murals.

But after train service ceased at Union Terminal in 1972, and with the impending demolition of the concourse, 14 of the murals depicting specific scenes from local industries and businesses like Procter & Gamble, ended up being the ones on the move.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Iconic US Eateries: Second Helpings from a Preservation Reporter

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by David Robert Weible 9 Comments

 

Weiners Circle in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: ashleighb77, flickr
Weiners Circle in Chicago, Illinois

Back in April, with the close of our upcoming summer issue coming at me like a rabid screech owl and our editor-in-chief pacing around my desk, I hurriedly posted a piece for the blog highlighting just a few of what I considered some of America’s iconic eateries -- common-man haunts I’d stumbled in and out of here and there that were light on the wallet and heavy on local charm and culture. And to my surprise, the piece generated quite a bit of feedback.

So it was with a sinister (but somehow sweet) smile that the blog’s managing editor asked me if I could dig into my bag of hazy memories for a few more morsels of content. Ladies and gentlemen, without any further ado, more iconic U.S. eateries as experienced by me.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Deer Lodge, Montana's Rialto Theater Rises from the Ashes

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by David Robert Weible 3 Comments

 

Historic Photo of the Rialto Theater in Deer Lodge, Mont., c. 1942. Credit: Rialto Community Theater, Inc.Ccollection
The Rialto Theater in Deer Lodge, Mont., c. 1942

It’s often said that small towns enjoy an enhanced sense of community; they are places where neighbors work together, help one another, and pitch in for the common good. Nowhere does that seem to be truer than in Deer Lodge, a tiny town of 3,400 located an hour and a half southeast of Missoula, in western Montana.

Since 1921, Deer Lodge's Rialto Theater has sat at the heart of the town, and as the only auditorium in the area, hosted events from rotary talent shows to weekend movies. In 1995, with the National Register-listed theater deteriorating and its ownership no longer able to maintain it, members of the community banded together to form Rialto Community Theater, Inc., a nonprofit that would run the theater and lead a restoration project.

By 2006, the organization had poured more than $100,000 into upgrading the theater. Then, disaster struck.

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Old Milwaukee Is New Again: Pabst Brewhouse Becomes Brewhouse Inn & Suites

Posted on: May 6th, 2013 by David Robert Weible

 

Original PBR campus. Credit: Brewhouse Inn & Suites
The Brewhouse, part of the original Pabst campus, built in 1892.

Milwaukee is a hard-nosed town. It was built on heavy machinery, third shifters, and the no-nonsense beer they drank after the whistle blew. And though decades of decline had left the city largely stale and generally unpalatable, Milwaukeeans -- true to form -- brewed up a solution and followed a cue from one of their city’s icons, Pabst Blue Ribbon: They started to take old Milwaukee and make it cool again.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.