The annual dinner meeting of the Wayne County Historical Society will be held April 27, 2011 and will feature author Edward E. Leslie of Massillon, Ohio. The title of his talk will be “The True Grit of William Clarke Quantrill, or Hollywood, History, and Me”.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Leslie moved to Massillon in 1982. He is the author of two books: Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors (published by Houghton Mifflin) and The Devil Knows How to Ride: The True Story of William Clarke Quantrill and His Confederate Raiders (Random House). The film rights to Devil have been purchased by Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Studios. Ed is the creative consultant to that film project. Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Studios produced The Pirates of the Caribbean, starring Johnny Depp, and National Treasure, starring Nicholas Cage.
From 1998 to 2009, Ed worked for a television documentary company as a researcher, interviewer, script consultant, and scriptwriter on documentaries broadcast by the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. He is presently writing two books, one fiction and one nonfiction.
The annual meeting will be held at Memories Party and Conference Center, 2437 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, at 6:00 p.m. The dinner will consist of your choice of chicken or vegetable lasagna. The cost is $20 per person for members and $25 per person for non-members.
Reservations may be made at the Historical Society office, 546 East Bowman Street, Wooster. Please call 330-264-8856 for more information. We hope you’ll join us!