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THE HISTORY OF LIFE presented at Dover Public Library

/ June 18, 2024

The event

John H. Barnett, a local Carroll County historian, will walk through the 40-decade history of LIFE magazine on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 PM at Dover Public Library. Several original copies of LIFE magazine will be on display in the library during the month of June.

In 1936, long before television and even radio, a new magazine hit the homes in America during the dark years of the Depression that was gripping the nation.  LIFE Magazine was a way of showing the farmers and factory workers how the nation was growing in science and industry, as well as covering events around the world, when the rise of nationalism was growing, bringing nations on the verge of another world war.   The span of LIFE Magazine from 1936 to the end of weekly publication in 1972, showed the American public a broader picture of us and the world displaying photos shot by the best photographers at that time. No other publications came close to what the founder of LIFE, Henry Luce saw when he told his editors to go out and find the world. How we live and learn today is the story of LIFE magazine.

John Barnett grew up in a railroad family and graduated from Carrollton High School. He worked on the railroad for 42 years. He has served as a history advisor to Hudson schools and United Local High School.  Since his passion is military history, Barnett enjoys re-enacting Civil War and WWII.  His expertise includes the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the Civil War General Benjamin F. Potts. This program will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 PM in the Community Room at the library, located at 525 N. Walnut Street, Dover.  Register online at or call the library at 330-343-6123.