By Portia Williams
Leslie Sisler, local history clerk of the Portsmouth Public Library (PPL) shared a presentation, ‘Hey, We Made What in Portsmouth?’ on Tuesday for Hill View residents, as well as for the general public. The session provided a brief history of early manufacturers in Portsmouth.
Sisler said she has been working in the capacity of local history clerk at the library for three years. Sisler was actually filling in for Carolyn Cottrell, local history supervisor at PPL, who has worked with the Portsmouth Public Library Local History Department since 1996, was unable to conduct the presentation on Tuesday.
“We have a wonderful background here in Portsmouth, the whole history of it and we want to preserve it,” Sisler said. “We try to present it in a way that people can appreciate what the history of Portsmouth is, and Scioto County.”
An abbreviated listing of the types of manufacturers discussed, includes carriages and wagons, airplanes, breweries, steamboats, cigar, shoe, iron and steel manufacturers, to name a few.
She said though she has only been performing the presentations for only three years, that she is very passionate about what she does, and enjoys sharing them with the public.
For more than 20 years, Cottrell has presented many programs to promote the history of Scioto County. In 2009, she began these slide presentations to area seniors in retirement homes, nursing facilities and the Over 55 Clubs. Sisler said that Cottrell has future calendar dates scheduled to facilitate more local history presentations.
Sisler entertained questions from the audience at the conclusion of the presentation.
For more information regarding future dates for local history presentations, visit the PPL website at: www.yourppl.org.
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