Author: Leslie Korenko

​​​​​​2014 News & Events

November 21-22-23 - Back at the IX Center again. I met so many people last year that I had to go back. Quite a few people requested that their names be added to the Genealogy page of this website - the list is growing. See if YOUR family is listed.

September 18 - Leslie will be presenting a slideshow on Kelleys Island with a nature twist at the Thursday night Audubon Club pot luck.  Find out about how the Islanders waged a War on Birds. The presentation is free, but since it is at 7 pm at the school, overnight accommodations will be required. This was a surprisingly large group for so late in the year. Lori Hayes wrote: "Thank you so much for your great program The War on Birds. Everyone really enjoyed it. We are very fortunate that we have somebody 'out there' representing the captivaing history of Kelleys Island. Thank you." You can visit the Kelleys Island Audubon club at
September 11 - The Road Scholars visit the Island. Leslie will do a presentation on the Island's history and then give a personal tour of the museum. This was fun! "We wish to thank you for the fabulous slide presentation of the history of Kelleys Island, as well as a tour of he Kelleys Island Historical Museum for our Road Scholar History/Natural Histry group...Thank you so much for helping make this year's Road Scholar Programs so successful."
August 2 - The Island's History Museum is sponsoring an Art & Craft show. By the way, they are looking for crafters, artisans, and authors to participate. Contact for details and to sign up. Yes, Leslie will have a table and some of her famous fishing lure earrings, posters, cards and, of course, her books!
September 6 - Island wide Garage Sale/Butterfly Festival. The Historical Association partners with the Audubon Club for a presentation on the Monarch Butterfly. They even band the little things. You can adopt one and track its migration. Be sure to stop by for the best bake sale anywhere and visit the yard sale tables. They are also on Facebook: Kelleys Island History Museum.​ Oh, this was so much fun. I met Sallie Schneider, who was related to the Reiter family on the island. 
August 19 - I recently heard from Albert Gowen, who spoke of his relatives the Gowen and Younglove families. Both were officers in the Kelleys Island Lime & Transport Company. Gowen was big in the shipping industry and Younglove help preserve the glacial grooves through his connection with the history museum in Cleveland. After exchanging mails I received a book order from him. What a surprise - he is located in Switzerland and working on a book about his family.
August 16 - Homecoming - A whole day of fun - games, music, food, beverages, booths, a pie contest, a parade, loads of stuff to do. This is one of my favorite festivals on the island. Never been in a parade? - it is an experience of a lifetime.  This was quite a day. I caught p with several people whose families date back to the early days of the island. This means I added several more names to the Genealogy Page.
     By the way - did you notice the cool pirate flags? Now available​ on this website.
July 18-19 - Islandfest - one big party downtown. Leslie will have a booth among all the festivities. As you can see, I have expanded my line of island related items, including Christmas cards! I also sell pirate flags, which are pretty popular. The best part is meeting people with island roots, like Glenn Brennan Jr., who is related to Chris Johanson, a blacksmith who worked on the island. Glenn said that on Chris’s 88th birthday, they tied dollar bills to a tree because he said he always wanted to pick money from a tree.
July 12 - Catch up with Leslie at the Lake Erie Home & Garden Show at Crocker Park, Westlake Ohio. This is an outdoor event (fingers crossed for good weather!). While the show runs from Friday to Sunday, Leslie will only be there on Saturday. Stop by and say Hello!
July 4 - It is my pleasure to volunteer at the Kelleys Island History Museum every Sunday afternoon, and some other days as needed. I also serve as the Association Secretary. Both of these activities puts me in touch with people searching for their Island roots. July 4th weekend, had more descendants of early Island settlers came into the museum. We were pleased to meet Bob Lane (John & Mehitible Titus and the Lewwe families) and Mollie Sevcik (the Dwelle family). Bob was searching for family stories and he found them in several Island books by Leslie Korenko in the gift shop. Mollie started at Herndon’s Gallery (on the former Dwelle property) and came into the museum where she was pleased to discover many of her family heirlooms on display. Another visitor was Thomas Campanella who is related to the Stokes family.
June 14 - The Greater Port Clinton Arts & Crafts Festival. New location, same great show. Relocated from downtown streets to Lakeview Park, just east of Port Clinton. Leslie was there with her books, posters (check out the new Lakeside and  Sandusky posters), and a new line of Christmas cards  and some very cool pirate flags!
       What a gorgeous day. I always ask "Do you have an Island connection?" and surprisingly, I meet people whose roots run deep through the island's history. At this event I met David Karshuk who is conencted to the Lange family and Nancy Page, connected to the McGettigans. I also caught up with Peggy Debien of the Ottawa Co. history museum. They are working on their first-ever website.
April 30-May 1 - The Ohio Genealogical Society held their  annual State-wide conference in Sandusky Ohio at the Kalahari Resort. Leslie had her books and posters, and some other fun island-related items.
     Leslie met up with Linda Smith at the conference. She is related to Dr. Hiram Peterson and the Hubers. We are helping her find her roots on the Island. Glenn Holzhauser attended the conference and spent some time with Leslie at her booth in the Exhibition Hall. Jodie Logan asked about the Rickard family. Joy St. Aubin found HER family, the Pauning/Pannings. They were on the Island during the 1850 Census, living with George and Martha Kelley. Finally, the best story ever: One visitor mentioned a family named Palmer, which did not ring an Island bell, BUT she then mentioned that he was a phrenologist (he read bumps on the head). Now THAT sounded  familiar. Leslie recalled that Alfred Kelley had his Phrenology chart done by I. S. Palmer in 1860 (see page 209 in Leslie first book). It WAS her relative. She was so excited to finally find one of his charts.