July 12, 2019
Presidential Historian and Author Douglas Brinkley was the keynote speaker last evening for Expanding Frontiers: An Evening with Douglas Brinkley, kicking off a series of summer events commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Fallen Timbers. RCO Attorney Julie Wiley is the Chairman of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Committee and the 225th Anniversary Celebration.
Approximately 200 history buffs attended the event at Parkway Place, Maumee, to hear Brinkley speak. He referenced Presidents George Washington and John Adams and spoke about General Anthony Wayne. During the Northwest Indian War in 1791, Wayne helped lead the win in the Battle of Fallen Timbers which resulted in the removal of Native American claims to Ohio and the surrounding area.
Brinkley, who graduated from Perrysburg High School and The Ohio State University, concluded his presentation with highlights from his latest book, "American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great American Space Race".
In the audience were RCO Attorneys Howard G. Bruss, and his wife, Jane, and W. David Arnold, and his wife, Patti Robb, an organizer of the event. Brinkley noted that a young David Arnold was in the audience at Rice University Stadium, Houston, when President John F. Kennedy gave his "We choose to go to the moon" speech on September 12, 1962. President Kennedy stated that the United States "would lead the exploration of space", a pledge accomplished when the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.
Historian and Author Douglas Brinkley signed books for Battlefield Commission Chair Julia Wiley (center), with wife, Anne Brinkley(far right).