Society predicts big turnout for Nostradamus presentation
The Grandview Heights Marble Cliff Historical Society's 2012 annual meeting will feature a program with a focus on French history.
French historian Josie Gonot's presentation of "Nostradamus and Notre Dame" will examine the impact of the 1555 publication of a book of supernatural prophecies by French court physician Michel de Nostradamus.
"He risked his reputation and even his life by publishing that book," said Win Keller, the historical society's vice president. "Even today, many people are still fascinated by and study his prophecies. Some even say he predicted 9/11 and other modern events."
The annual meeting is open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the meeting room of the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. A short business meeting will be held prior to Gonot's presentation.
"We thought Nostradamus might be an appropriate topic for the Halloween season," Keller said. "A few years ago, we featured a program about ghosts and 'Weird Ohio' that drew a large crowd."
Gonot's talk will focus on French historical events that were influenced by Nostradamus, she said.
"There will be some interesting stories about court intrigue," Keller said.
Gonot, a Clintonville resident, is a language teacher, vocalist and public speaker as well as a historian.
She earned a bachelor's degree in French and completed graduate courses at Ohio State and Ashland universities.
Gonot's presentation will be selected from her French music and lecture series, Keller said.
"She's presented the series all over central Ohio and conducts many programs through the Upper Arlington adult-education program," she said.
The historical society's meeting will be presented in association with the Grandview library, Keller said. The library is featuring an exhibit of items related to the program this month in the display case on the library's lower level.
The historical society will sell copies of its publications at the meeting, including Between the Rivers, The Italian Heritage and Sheltering a Heritage, she said.
Those who attend also will be able to purchase or renew a membership in the society. Individual memberships cost $10; the fee for couples is $15. A lifetime individual membership is $100, $150 for couples. Organizations can purchase a one-year membership for $25 or a lifetime membership for $500.
Since last year's annual meeting, the historical society has created its own Facebook page, Keller said.
The Facebook page offers updates on society activities and features information about the community's history, including some of the society's Moment in Time columns, which run weekly in ThisWeek Tri-Village News.