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Libbey House Announces Fall Lecture Series: 100 Years of Disability History in Our Community
A Lecture Series in Honor of Tim Harrington, Executive Director, The Ability Center

The Libbey House Foundation is announcing its fall lecture series titled “100 Years of Disability History in Our Community.” The lecture series will honor the legacy of The Ability Center, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020, and the work of its long-time executive director, Tim Harrington. Harrington has announced that he will be retiring by the end of 2021.

(The series will consist of four lectures)

Thursday, October 7: “The Boy Who Changed the World: Toledo and the ‘Crippled Children’s Movement’”—Lecture by Barbara Floyd, Libbey House board member and local historian. This lecture will look at Toledo’s early history of assisting persons with disability, beginning with a young boy born without legs and arms in 1901.

Thursday, October 14: “The Ability Center of Toledo at 100”—Lecture by Dan Wilkins, Director of Special Projects, The Ability Center of Toledo. This lecture will examine the 100-year history of The Ability Center, which began as the Toledo Society for Crippled Children in 1920.

Thursday, October 21: “The Toledo State Hospital: A History”—Lecture by Kim Brownlee, author of the recent book The Toledo State Hospital. This lecture will examine the fascinating history of Toledo’s institution that helped those with mental illness.

Thursday, October 28: “Disability History: A Personal View”—Lecture by Tim Harrington, Director of the Ability Center of Toledo. Harrington will discuss his life and how society has changed the way it regards persons with disabilities.

All lectures will begin with a reception at 6:30 and lecture at 7 p.m. in the Libbey House, first floor. The lectures are free, but space is limited. Tickets are available from the Libbey House Foundation’s website:

Accessible parking is available behind the Libbey House through the entrance off Woodruff. All attendees are asked to wear a mask.

This lecture series is made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.

For more information, contact Barbara Floyd, Libbey House Foundation board member, at

Libbey House:
2008 Scottwood Ave, Toledo, OH 43620

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