Historian will lecture on life of Joseph Butler

Staff report


Rick Shale, a professor emeritus at Youngstown State University, will give a free lecture on the life of Joseph Butler at 10 a.m. Saturday at Boardman Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave.

The lecture, presented by the Boardman Historical Society, will examine the life of Butler, the Youngstown industrialist, philanthropist and historian who is best known for founding the Butler Institute of American Art.

Reservations are suggested; call BHS board member Dona Hammond at 330-726-0651. Walk-ins will be admitted based upon seating availability.

Shale, a graduate of Boardman High School, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and earned master of arts and doctoral degrees in American culture from the University of Michigan.

He is a recently retired professor of English at YSU, where he taught courses in film study and screenwriting. He was a three-time recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award, and the author of many articles on film and popular culture.

Shale’s previous books include “Donald Duck Joins Up: The Walt Disney Studio During World War II,” three books on the Academy Awards, “Idora Park: The Last Ride of Summer” (co-authored with Charles J. Jacques Jr.), and “Historic Mill Creek Park” (co-authored with Carol Potter). He is currently writing a biography of Butler.

Shale serves on the board of directors of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and chairs its historic preservation committee. He is a trustee of the B. F. Wirt Trust and is currently the president of the Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society.

Shale previously served on Mill Creek MetroParks board of park commissioners, and on the national board of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as vice president for chapter development. Shale has been a trustee of the national Phi Kappa Phi Foundation. The Boardman resident is also the treasurer of the BHS.

The next BHS program will be Dec. 9, with Richard S. Scarsella, chairman of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, detailing the legacy of the Eclectic Readers, written by local educator William Holmes McGuffey.

It will take place at Boardman Library at 10 a.m.

The BHS maintains a museum of Boardman and local artifacts at Boardman Park, in the historic Dechon House. Tours are by appointment only. For information about the society, contact BHS president Richard S. Scarsella at 330-726-8277.

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