Just ask Carmelene Januzzi, a trustee of the Black River Historical Society and keynote speaker at the society’s meeting Monday. For her program, “Notable Women of Lorain,” Januzzi presented a DVD she edited and narrated about women who have left an indelible mark on the lakeside community.
Januzzi, an energetic figure herself, let her work stand largely on its own.
“Don’t ask me any questions afterward,” she said, joking. “Everything I know is already on the tape.”
The presentation included a remarkable cast of characters who, despite living at a time when a woman’s role in society was restricted, still became leaders in their communities and businesses.
Take Wilhomena Koppenhafer, for instance, a member of the
An equally strong personality, Alice Weston, was a big name in local broadcasting from the 1960s to the 1980s. A talk show host for local television station WUAB for what was then Channel 43, Weston also was known for her community activism. She was a powerful advocate for the preservation of the historic Palace Theater in
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At the end of the presentation, fellow historical society members loudly applauded Januzzi and praised her work.
“I thought it was very good,” said David Rosso, a volunteer at the society’s museum.
Januzzi said she was inspired to make the piece from her work at the Lakeland Women’s Club. She conducted the majority of her research at the historical society’s museum, pouring through files and photos in what she described as a time-consuming but important process.
“The people who come to these meetings are interested in the history of
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