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Historical society turns spotlight on Dublin for a night

Speaker at society's annual meeting has connection to suburb's founder


The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society's 2013 annual meeting will feature a program with a focus on another community's past.

Tim Sells, whose family tree includes John Sells, the founder of Dublin, will speak on his family's history and Dublin's at the society's meeting Oct. 24.

The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Grandview Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. A short business meeting will be held prior to Sells' presentation.

Last year, Sells published When Dublin Wasn't Doublin, which recounts his family's story as well as tales of Dublin's past, including the execution of the Wyandot chief Leatherlips, elephant races in the Sells Brothers' Circus, and John Dillinger's visit.

"Tim will provide us with some really fascinating storytelling," said Pat Mooney, a historical society board member. "He's a perfect speaker to have for our annual meeting."

Copies of the book will be on sale at the meeting, Mooney said.

The historical society again is working with the library to present the program.

Sells had contacted the library expressing his interest in giving a talk, and it made sense to arrange for him to be the featured guest at the historical society's meeting, said Canaan Faulkner, the library's coordinator of adult programs and web content.

"He's a really interesting guy -- quite a character," he said. "He will be bringing some family memorabilia to the program."

Some items relating to the Sells family and Dublin's history are on display this month in an exhibit at the library coordinated by the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Arts Council and the historical society, Faulkner said.

This has been a big year for the historical society, Mooney said.

The triennial Tour of Homes held on Mother's Day and featuring two local homes with connections to famed artist George Bellows "was hugely successful," he said.

The tour was coordinated in conjunction with an exhibit of Bellows' work, which runs through Jan. 4 at the Columbus Museum of Art.

The historical society also will introduce two new board members at the meeting: Marble Cliff Mayor Kent Studebaker and Jill Kuyper, whose family's residence was one of the stops on this year's home tour.

Attendees 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 may purchase a one-year membership for $25 or a lifetime membership for $500.