Interviews with Leslie have been featured several newspapers, radio stations and television shows.
Those online links can be found at VIDEOS. Read what they say about the Kelleys Island books in REVIEWS .
Why not catch up with Leslie at one of her presendations?
Leslie is available for speaking engagements, book signings, and workshops and will be appearing at:
December 5 - Join Leslie and other local authors and artisans at the GIFT GALA at the historic State Theater in downtown Sandusky on Thursday evening. Leslie will have her books, as well as those great KI posters and some interesting fishing-lure earrings. The State Theater, http://www.sanduskystate.com/
is located at 107 Columbus Avenue, right downtown. At last count there were 42 local artisans and authors signed up. This is also food drive - so you gain entrance by donating canned goods or paper products, or, of course, cash. The hours are 5-8 p.m.
December 7 - Saturday - Stop by one of the area's most unique gift shops Desdemonas http://desdemonas.net/
for an Open House and meet and greet the artists, starting at 10:30.
Special prices on some really unusual and simply gorgeous items, including photographs, jewelry, paintings, hand crafted items, mirrors, Lucky Stone earings, carved wood items, books, posters and lots more. It's worth a trip just to see what they have! 32 artists are represented in this Marblehead shop located at 5831 E. Harbor Road.You probably passed it on your way to the ferry!
November 7 - Leslie joins other local authors at the Sandusky Library from 5-8 pm for a marathon book signing. This is a part of Sandusky's Art Walk. Along with authors, area artists will showcase their talents and treasures. This is the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping. Their gift shop, Afterwords, will be open and there will be a screening of 'Under the Baton: Music at Old Cedar Point" at 6:30. This event is fun and free. The library is located at 114 West Adams Street, Sandusky OH.
November 22-24 - Visit the IX Center's Christmas Show in Cleveland. THREE days of non-stop shopping. I'll be at the Ohio Authors booth from 10-8 (Yes, these WILL be some long days), but I'll have the company of lots of other Ohio authors. I just found out our booth is No. 1357 and here is the link - wait until you see ALL the variety: http://www.ixchristmasconnection.com/en/exhibitors.aspx
What a great group of authors. We had a blast!
January - An article on founding mother Sara Kelley, written by Leslie, is featured in the OHIO RECORDS & PIONEER FAMILIES magazine (vol. 53, issue 3, page 149) published quarterly by the OHIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (www.OGS.org). Sara and her husband Datus Kelley, settled on Kelleys Island and helped build a civilized, intelligent and progressive community. Did you know that Kelley's Hall was built by the Kelley's and given to the community? It was dedicated on their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Winter 2013 issue of Anchor News, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum featured my article "The First Steamboat on the Upper Great Lakes" (the Walk-in-the-Water). She was built in 1818 and regularly visited Kelley's Island to "wood up." Islanders cut the red cedar and sold it to steamboats which burned wood on their trips. You can visit the museum's website at WisconsinMaritime.org.
March - Check out the spring issue of HEART OF OHIO MAGAZINE. Leslie is a featured writer presenting a history of wineries in the island area. This issue featured wine, cheese, food and entertainment. This is a cool magazine that showcases the more unique and interesting places in Ohio. www.HeartofOhioMagazine.com You can read back issues, one features the ship house at Put-in-Bay. The issue of PAIRINGS with Leslie's article can be found here http://www.heartofohiomagazine.com/pairings/ Just scroll down the page to read it online.
April 10 - Elder College, BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY/BGSU Elder College. One hour presentation and discussion about historic Kelleys Island 1:30 to 2:30 pm. What a great group of people, over 70 in attendance. Some have heard me speak before. You know, every presentation is just a little different! I was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a really cool coffee mug.
April 13-14 - Stop by the MIDWAY MALL in Elyria Ohio. Leslie will be joining several other OHIO AUTHORS in a booth at the Home & Garden show. (Route 57 exit, the mall is located between Route 2 and the Turnpike exit). The booth is conveniently located near the food court. Met a doen other authors. Sure we met people and signed books, but we also swapped stories. So cool.
April 20 - Slideshow presentation and discussion on Kelleys Island and the Civil War at the AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MUSEUM of Ohio. The hours for the day are Noon - 4 PM, the presentation will be, 1-3 PM (free with admission). www.acwmo.org. A small group, but loads of questions. Tom Bartlett, the Island bird man, took time out from bird banding to attend. What an honor!
May 18 - Sandusky Maritime Museum - Flea Market (www.SanduskyMaritime.org ) from 9 to 4. This is a great flea market located in the parking lot of the museum. I'll have the Kelleys Island books, as well as the island posters - including TWO NEW ONES (the Quarries of Kelleys Island and the Wineries of Kelleys Island). So worth a trip because you can make a 'Sandusky Day' out of it. Across the street there are loads of activities in Battery Park including Kids Fest and free boat rides at the marina. This is also FREE MUSEUM DAY (11-4) with free admission at Eleutheros Cooks House & Garden, Follett House Museum, Merry-Go-Round Museum and the Ohio Veterans Home Museum. Shopping at the Mall, lunch at one of the great restaurants, a tour of historic downtown - you'll go home tired and happy.
July 2 - The Vineyards on Catawba Island - Presentation on Historic Kelleys Island. What a great group! Almost 50 people attended. So many questions. I had a great time.
Big News! Leslie's books and posters can now be found at DESDEMONA'S Art Gallery. Desdemona's is a wonderful place to visit since it features the work of local artists and artisans. Jewelry, sculptures, home decor, books, original paintings... the list goes on. It is a feast for the senses. Stop by and take a look. It is in a small strip shopping center just east of Fort Firelands (right on your way to the Island or the Marblehead Peninsula) - 5831 E. Harbor Rd-R4 (on the end), Marblehead. You can visit them online too: www.Desdemonas.net.
July 13 - Come to the KEEPERS HOUSE on the Marblehead Peninsula from 11-3. There will be house and cemetery tours, a Ice Cream Social and music by Tracie Henson's Strings of Glory (12-2). The Keepers House was the home of the first three light house keepers for the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. It is the oldest suriviving home in Ottawa County. Find out all the history and enjoy a day steepped in history. www.TheKeepersHouse.org
July 19-20 - ISLANDFEST on Kelleys Island. A fun weekend with entertainment, booths and activities. Take a day trip, the downtown park is just a short walk from the ferry dock and just up the hill from the Jet Express dock.
August 17 - KELLEYS ISLAND HOMECOMING. A great way to spend the day on the island. Food, games, music, shopping and lots more. Leslie will have a booth in the marketplace autographing books and posters. A short walk from the ferry.
August 24-25 - The Big Civil War encampment was held at the VA home on Route 250 in Sandusky. I did two presentations on Kelleys Island and the Civil War; 4:30 on Saturday August 24 and at 2:00 Sunday, August 25, in the Great Room of Veterans Hall.
Don Young, President of the Johnson's Island Preservation Society, wrote: "You did a great job! It was a very interesting talk. I've always loved Kelleys Island and its history. I want to thank you so much for being a part of the encampment." What a great two days, there was so much going on. One day I followed a speaker on the War of 1812 and the next I spoke after President Lincoln and his wife!
August 29-September 2 -- The Island celebrates the TALL SHIPS and Battle of Lake Erie bictennial. This event has turned into one of the largest celebrations in the U. S., since it spans the entire Lake Erie area, so many citities are participating and there is that huge gathering of tall ships. The full schedule can be found on the Chamber website (www.KelleysIslandChamber.com) or copy and paste this shortcut: bit.ly/1dx8ZzB . I will have a booth right downtown, just a short walk from the tall ship, the Appledor IV. Not only will I have books, including the NEW one, but also those posters. I should have a large stock of the OUTHOUSES of Kelleys Island. What a busy weekend. We were just up the dock from the tall ship Appledore IV. There was music, a town crier, a roving band singing sea chanties, speakers....what a shame I only got to take in the activities downtown.
September 7 - The BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL is coupled with an Island-wide garage sale. Stop by the Historical Museum where Leslie will be signing her books. There are treasures galore. Sorry I missed everyone - a family emergency called me away for the day. I hear it was very busy.
The September issue of the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly magazine (Vol. 53, No. 3, September 2013) features an article written by Leslie: The Fire Lands, Western Reserve and The Lake Erie Islands. Take a look at the map of the Firelands. The islands are missing! The Lake Erie islands did, however, play an important role in the Firelands assignments. Six islands were used to equalize the value of townships that were awarded to suffers. That is why so many of the early owners were from Connecticut.
September 17 - Leslie will do a presentation on Kelleys Island to the Rotary Club of Port Clinton. They meet in the historic Island House hotel. What a great group - and the dining room was packed! I even had extra time to answer questions. By the way, the lunch there was terrific.
October 3 - Thanks to Tom Jackson of the Sandusky Register for the great article on the newest Kelleys Island book.
October 12 - Leslie will be a part of the Marblehead Peninsula Lighthouse Festival with a book signing at Ex Libris Bookstore from 1 to 4 (110 W. Market St., Marblehead). This is a fun day with activities all over the peninsula. Stop by and say hello. I know, it looks like JUST a house, but inside there is a library, used book store AND a terrific collection of old, rare and vintage books. I so busy I didn't get a chance to take in any of the activities. So sad I missed all the yard sales but the porch of the book store was the perfect place to people watch.
October 18 - Sometimes out of the blue the unexpected occurs. Some time ago I received a query asking if I knew anythingabout a Dr. Jane Spaulding in the island's history. Boy did I. After sharing stories and pictures with Hattie Beresford, She published a nicely crafted article entitled The Unexpected Dr. Jane Spaulding for the Montecity Journal (yes, California!). It turns out that our Island Doctor was quite prominent, becoming Santa Barbar's first-ever superintendent of the Cottage Hospital. You can read the article herehttp://www.ixchristmasconnection.com/en/exhibitors.aspx but it will probably move into Archives soon. Hatti did a lot of research and I think her for the acknowledgement. She wrote
: "Most of the information on Jane's time on Kelleys Island comes from Leslie Korenko, whose research into the history of the Island's pioneers has spawned several books and collected hundreds of early photographs. Was was an invaluable mine of information and is much appreciated." I just love when this happens - the exchange of information that fills in just a little more about our people.
November 1 - The Sandusky Art Walk, which showcases local artisans on the first Thursday of the summer months, is hosting an Author Signing at the Sandusky Library from 5-8 pm. Unfortunately, due to an unexpected death in the family, I had to cancel my appearance. I heard it was really great though and I look forward to next year.
October 13 - Book signing at Ex Libris Book Store in Marblehead. This is the Marblehead Lighthouse Festival weekend (also the Festival of the Grapes). Big big weekend. I'll be there from 10:30 to 2:00 pm, and then I get to explore. A bit breezy but people were enticed in by the quaint look of a library and bookstore in an old house. You should stop by and check it out. But they are their winter hours now, weekends only.
October 16 (Tuesday) - Presentation on historic Kelleys Island at the Ottawa County Genealogical Society. The Slideshow presentation will be at 7 pm at the Ida Rupp Library (310 Madison ) in Port Clinton and features pictures from the Island's past. There will be door prizes, a Question and Answer session, and Leslie will be available to sign her books after the pressentation. Almost 50 people attended. What a great audience. So many people think that Kelleys Island is in Ottawa Co., but it is actually the only island in ERIE County. Six lucky attendees wondoor prizes (Doors, Windows, Houses, Historic Houses, Barns and Outhouse Posters).
October 20 - Leslie joins other local authors at a book signing at the Book Exchange in Port Clinton (which is located on Madison Street). This is one cool bookstore featuring new and used, old and new books. What fun - it was the Halloween Trick or Treat afternoon too. Got to see really cute costumed kids. My favorite was a child in a shark suit, his head sticking out a bit from upper and lower shark teeth. When I commented on his being a shark he responded that he wasn't a shark, but a victim! I should have seen that coming.
I was lucky enough to meet with four ladies doing genealogy on their families. Lynne Swensen, Susan Clark, Maryanne Laubner and Laurel Nette. They came from Mass., Texas, California and Lakeside OH. Imagine a whole week exploring their roots and discovering the family histories of the Ward, Rush, Titus, Holbrook, Worden, Woodford and Hamilton families.
September 8 - Book signing and art show at the Butterfly Festival at the Historical museum. Plan to spend the day touring the island - after all it IS Treasure Island Day (an island-wide garage sale event). Lots of people, LOADS of treasure - best comment was made by a little girl who said: This is WAY better than the doller store!
August 11 - Come to the annual meeting of the Kelleys Island Historical Association. I'll be giving a presentation on Historic Kelleys Island at 2:15 at the Old Stone Church on Division St. Everyone is welcome (Saturday). This is a rare chance to see the inside of the old church built in the 1860's. Full house, lots of questions, and the highest compliment a speaker can get from someone who knows the island's history - "I actually learned something I didn't know!"
August 18 - KI Homecoming. My favorite event on the island. Entertainment, food, competitions, shopping and a parade. It is an old-fashioned, small town celebration.
July 20 - Presentation slideshow about historic Kelleys Island at the North Central Emergency Management Agency meeting, right here on Kelleys Island. As an added bonus, these great people get to take in the first day of Islandfest!. This meeting will be rescheduled - rough seas resulted in limited ferry service. Some people had to wait 3 hours to get over!
July 20/21 - Islandfest on the Island. I will be partnering with the KI Landowners Assoc. so there will be some really cool stuff to buy. Each year they choose an historic picture from the island for their t-shirts. You can see them HERE.
May 21 - Kelley Island and the Civil War presentation at the Erie Co Genealogy Society. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~oheccogs/What a great group of dedicated genealogists. This is the place to go for help in Erie Co. I actually met two people that I had helped solve island family mysteries!
May 24 - Leslie will be presenting her Civil War slideshow for the Memorial Day meeting of the Sandusky Rotary Club at the Castaway Bay Ballroom in Sandusky. About 70 people attended. I had no idea that this organization was so public minded and involved in the community.
The THIRD volume of the island's history has just arrived from the printers! YIPPEEEEE.
May 26 - A special event at the Sweet Valley Trading Post on the island. Thanks everyone for stopping by - even though the THIRD book got delayed at the printers! John Sabol had his books about the Czechs and Slovaks in Cleveland and he is looking for stories and pictures about their connections to Kelleys Island (SabolJ@aol.com).
The Summer issue of Inland Seas magazine, the quarterly journal of the Great Lakes Historical Society will feature an article by Leslie about the first steamboat on the Great Lakes, the Walk-in-the-Water, launched in 1818. Over 2,150 individuals from 47 states and four countries are members of the Society.
The Spring issue of the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly (vol 52, No. 1) contains an article by Leslie, summarizing the news and events of the summer of 1869. The Independent Order of Island Loafers continues to meet at The Lodge and has checkers on the brain, William Becker is Blacksmithing again at the shops of Jacob Hays, and the winter mail carrier sets his rates: 10 cents on 1-2 pound packages and 15 cents to $2 on larger ones. The Catholic Church raised $180 at a fair held at the hall.
April 12-14 - Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Cleveland. On Saturday, the Society will be presenting Leslie with the Henry Howe Award for an Ohio state, county, or local history book. Leslie competed with books published in the last five years, for this award. Wow - 3 days of conferences, speakers, and luncheons. And the best part was that I received the Henry Howe Award for outstanding Ohio history book! Hope to have the pictures soon.
April 18 - Sandusky Library Brown Bag Lunch Series at the Follett House. I'll be presenting a slideshow on Kelleys Island and the contributions and adventures of the island soldiers during the Civil War. A great group of 45 people attended. I was surprised and pleased to see Ted Blatt and Glenn and Mickey Holzhauser there. The library wrote: "Thank you so much for your wonderful brown bag talk on Kelleys Island and the Civil War. We had an excellent turn out and I heard lots of great comments. Thanks for sharing your expertise!"
November 13 - Writers on the River at the Monroe County Library. Leslie will be signing books along
with other authors at a one-day event (Noon to 3 pm). This was a fun day, loads of people and a great view from the library windows (on the River, of course).
November 15 - Ritter Public Library, 5680 Liberty Ave., Vermilion OH. Slideshow and discussion on Kelleys Island and its roll in the Civil War. There were 32 people there and the library folks wrote: Thanks so much for a great program...you had a great turnout and everone seemed to enjoy it." And what a surprise, Sid Jordan came to the program and brought his guitar. He did a special performance of his song about Kelleys Island and the Johnson's Island plot (and the KI connection).
September 10 - Kelleys Island Butterfly Festival and Island-wide garage sale.
September 21 - Come to the Firelands Historical Society (Wednesday, 7 pm) for a slideshow presentation on historic Kelleys Island. The library is located at 4 Case Ave., Norwalk OH. Find out about this and other programs at www.FirelandsMuseum.org.
August 6 - Local artisans displayed their talents at the Kelleys Island Historical Art Show (Division street Museum). Leslie shared space with Jim Mollenkopf (on the left) and Randy Koch (on the right). Great fun.
August 20 - Kelleys Island Homecoming at the park on Addison Street. This is my favorite festival. At the end of the day, the last event is the pet competition, and I get to MC it!
July 22-23 - Kelleys Island Islandfest at the downtown park. Meet Leslie at the K I Landowners Assoc. tent.
July 30 - Tune in to WPCR from 1-2 and listen to Joan Bryden's interview with Leslie. WPCR is an internet radio station located at www.PortClintonRadio.com (click On Demand). Joan interviews authors as part of her Saturday series, Turn of the Page including Bob Adamov and Jan Bradley. If you missed it, you can still listen at http://www.portclintonradio.com/programs-on-demand
June 11 - Stop by the booth at the Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival in Port Clinton. They close the street and fill it with unusual specialty booths. Great fun!
May 1 -- Visit the 34th Annual Ohio Civil War Collectors Show at the Richland Co. Fairgrounds (US 30 and Trimble Rd, Mansfield OH). Show runs Saturday and Sunday, Book signing 10-3 Sunday only: Building B. Check out this link for information on the Third Ohio Cavalry and show information.
I met the most interesting people there and what a show!
May 18 - Marion Sail & Power Squadron, 6:30 to 8 pm, Marion Ohio. Contact Karen Ruth for dinner reservations (KRMC@frontier.com) Karen wrote: I have had wonderful comments about your presentation..we had no idea there would be so many folks coming!
May 19 - Presentation and book signing at the May lunch meeting of the Ohio Literary Club at Bellevue at noon - Avery's restaurant in Marblehead. Carol wrote: "I want to thank you for the great presentation you made...The ladies really enjoyed hearing about Kelleys Island. Your presentation was a great reminder that we have a lot to learn about local history."
May 20 - Forest City Yacht Club. Cleveland Ohio. 7:30 pm presentation.
April 30 - Ida Rupp Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton OH, 1:00 to 2:30. Slideshow on historic Kelleys Island. Book sale and signing follows presentation.
November 27 - Saturday 1-4 - I'll be signing both of the Kelleys Island books at Borders in the Sandusky Mall (route 250). The last one was so much fun they invited me back!
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with members of several venerable Kelleys Island Families. (The Pierce, Bristol, Dean, Foley, Woodford, Titus, and Millard families!).
My thanks to Elizabeth Pierce, Mary Foley Teigland, Margery Pierce Miller and Sharon Pierce Chandler for their gracious welcome and sharing of pieces of their family histories.
September 30 - Saturday 1-4 pm - Leslie will be signing BOTH her books at Borders in the Sandusky Mall (on Route 250), about one mile north of Route 2/250 exit.
September 25 - Saturday - Slideshow presentation on historic Kelleys Island at the Milan-Berlin library (www.Milan-Berlin.lib.oh.us) 19 E. Church St, Milan (right on the square) "It was a pleasure to have you at the Milan Public Library. Your program was so informative and your enthusiasm about Kelleys Island was contagious." If you haven't visited this library, it is very cool. Both historic and comfortable. September 11 - Book signing at the Butterfly Festival at the Kelleys Island Historical Society Museum. Pat Hayes will be conducting a Monarch butterfly tagging demonstration. This is also Treasure Island Day! An island-wide garage sale. www.KelleysIslandChamber.com and www.KelleysIslandNature.com
September 3 - Slide presentation on historic Kelleys Island at the island's 4-H camp for the 7th grade class of Hawken School.
August 13 - Friday 5-8 pm - Leslie will be signing her book at Borders in Sandusky Mall (on Route 250), about one mile north of Route 2/250 exit. Click on the Borders picture for a link to their website.
August 21 - Saturday - Kelleys Island Homecoming. The festival runs from 10 am to 6 pm and features a concert by the North Coast Band, games, a nature show by Back to the Wild, booths and contests (pretzel eating, pet parade, kids games and new this year, marshmallow golf).
July 15 - Thursday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm - Lakeside Speakers program, Fountain Inn-Green Room, Lakeside Ohio. I had a great time presenting a slideshow and talk about the early days of Kelleys Island. Lakeside is absolutely gorgeous, a must see for anyone. There are concerts, speakers, author presentations, craft seminars, and the list goes on.
July 12 - Monday, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Independence Library, Independence OH
Author Leslie Korenko presented an interesting and entertaining look at life on Kelleys Island in the 1800’s. Judy Stefanko said "Thanks so much for presenting your Kelleys Island program. It was a very good turnout!" One of the highlights of my day was meeting Mary Alice (Martin) Madden. She was actually born on the Island, in an apartment over what is now The Pump!
May 30 - Book signing and sale at the Port Clinton Walleye Festival from 1-7 in the festival booth area. Meet other Ohio authors at this event too.
April 12 - Birchard Library speakers series, Fremont OH-The history of Kelleys Island.
"[We] were very happy to have you. Thank you again for a wonderful program."
November 14 - The Open Book, 118 S., Front St., Fremont Ohio
November 17 - Danbury public school "Dear Leslie - Thank you for your wonderful presentation on Kelleys Island past and present. The students really enjoyed it. Sincerely Lorrie Halblaub, Danbury High School librarian."
November 21 - Presentation at the North West Ohio Writer's Forum (NWOWF) at the Sanger Library in Toledo at 10 am.
September 12 - Kelleys Island Butterfly Festival and Treasure Island Day.
July 24-25 - Islandfest at Kelleys Island. This is a great way to meet the author and see a little of the island. Islandfest is a 3-day festival with music, shopping, lots of fun and food, and in the evening, enjoy dancing in the street.
August 1 - The Kelleys Island Historical Museum on Division Street sponsored a Meet The Author book signing at their annual Art Show that featured Leslie and Cleveland TV personality "Big Chuck" Schodowski. This annual event showcases local authors and unique items from island artisans, including jewelry, oil and watercolor paintings, carvings and other unusual items.
August 15 - Kelleys Island Homecoming - a 1-day celebration in the park that includes a big band concert (by the renown North Coast Band), a parade, pretzel eating and pet competitions, food, shopping and games. Leslie will have a booth right under the trees. This is truly a small-town celebration and loads of fun.
August 22 - ExLibris bookstore/library in Marblehead (110 W. Main St.). Sit on the porch for a few minutes and enjoy people watching during the Perch Festival.