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Local historian tells the story of time at Warren County program

Fred Compton, a local author, historian and watch collector, will present “It’s About Time: The History of Time Keeping” at the Warren County Historical Society’s next “Lunch & Learn” program.

“Fred has been one of our guest speakers, previously, and he is a perennial favorite. He is a journalist by trade, but he spent 35 years working for the Golden Lamb,” said Vicky Van Harlingen, executive director of the Warren County Historical Society.

“He wrote a book called ‘Tales from the Innside,’ that we republished once after it was first published that was very popular,” Van Harlingen said.

Compton will present a program about the history of time — looking, for instance, at the ancient Babylonians, who gave us the 60-minute hour, the Romans, who gave us the “22-hour day,” and the mystical importance of the number 12.

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“He will be talking about all the different cultures and how they dealt with time and calendars. It should be a great program,” Van Harlingen said. “With a hot lunch, a lecture and a visit to the museum, it’s a nice outing, and our guests have an opportunity to learn something along the way.”

Compton was one of the inaugural speakers for the society’s “Lunch & Learn” series in 2008. He has authored two books on local history and has contributed to various publications, such as those from The Ohio Daughters of the American Revolution, The Taft Museum and The Warren County History Center.

The monthly “Lunch & Learn” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The program will include a catered lunch and a history lesson. Guests can also visit the museum, which is included in the cost. The event is open to the public. However, Warren County Historical Society members receive a discount.

For those who want to participate in the lecture (but not the lunch) there is a new “lecture only” option that will be available starting this month, which is $15 for non-members and $10 for members.

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The “Lunch & Learn” program started as a product of Sinclair Community College’s “Lifelong Learning Program.” Presented by the Warren County Historical Society in conjunction with Sinclair Community College, the program currently attracts 90 to 110 guests for each monthly program. (The programs are held on Wednesdays. There is no program in July.) Topics range from “Gruesome and Truesome,” to “Tales of the Civil War Told in Music,” and many more.

Featuring the Vivaldis Dulcimer Quartet, the next “Lunch & Learn” titled, “A Whimsical Christmas of Song and Good Cheer” will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The group will bring a “sing along” Christmas concert with traditional Christmas carols, using soprano, standard and baritone dulcimers. (Special price for this event is $27 for non-members and $22 for members. The deadline to reserve tickets is Saturday, Dec. 9.)

Guests come from all over Southwest Ohio, including those from Dayton, Clinton County, Clermont County, Hamilton County, Butler County and Warren County to attend the “Lunch & Learn” programs. Many of the attendees are members of the Warren County Historical Society.

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