The Hudson Community Education and Recreation in partnership with Case-Barlow Farm his hosting a new lecture program for adults at Case-Barlow Farm to offer an interactive experience on events, issues and people of the Western Reserve from past to present.
The first on Feb. 9 was presented by lecturer Susan Cannavino on Joseph Kennedy, Sr.: The Patriarch of Patriarchs.
The lecture looks at Joe and Rose Kennedy and how their personal values affected their children.
Cannavino emphasized five values they passed on to their nine children, including promoting an image of excellence; athletic and academic competition; education; the Roman Catholic religion and public service.
Joe Kennedy was charismatic, he could work the angles and he understood human nature according to Cannavino.
Before 1920, he was a banker/stockbroker "who gave a new definition to insider trading," he said.
Then Joe Kennedy saw a future in motion pictures and bought studios in Hollywood. During this time he had affairs with Gloria Swanson. After the 1929 stock market crash, Joe bought property in New York City, Boston, Hyannis Port and Palm Beach at bargain prices. He made friends with mobsters and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's son.
Joe Kennedy's wish was to become president of the United States and was appointed ambassador to England in 1938, Cannavino said. But his isolationist philosophy toward war was at odds with FDR, and when Winston Churchill took over as Prime Minister, his political future was over.
He pushed his sons to attain his goal and saw John become president. He also lived long enough to see three of his sons and one daughter tragically die. He amassed a fortune estimated to be $600,000 million at his death in 1969.
Cannivino, dressed in a pink similar to Jacqueline Kennedy's outfit in Dallas when President Kennedy was shot, shared less known information on the Kennedy women, Rose, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice and Jean.
"I love to read," Cannivino said. "But I thought history should remark on people's personal lives instead of just dates. People's lives are so interesting."
Also on display in the Case-Barlow house are the fashion illustrations of Hudson resident Corrine George.
George was born in Cleveland and graduated in 1953 from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She began working at Higbee Company as a fashion artists and freelanced for several years before working for the Cleveland Plain Dealer as head fashion artist for 18 years.
Future lectures in the series at Case-Barlow Farm include the Screen Sirens of the 20th Century with a history of the Oscars on March 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Register online at www.hudson.k12.oh.us/hcer or call 330-653-1210.