Downtown Painesville Organization’s Annual Founders Day Breakfast


The Lake County Historical Society (LCHS) and the Downtown Painesville Organization (DPO) invite one and all to the DPO’s annual Founders Day Breakfast at Lake Erie College on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Arthur S. Holden Center on campus.

The Founders Day Breakfast will feature a performance by artist Alan Bomar Jones, who will perform the dual roles of brothers Lewis and Milton Clarke. This performance was made possible by grants that the LCHS received from the Ohio Arts Council and the Painesville Community Improvement Corporation. "

Many people in Lake County know of the story of Milton Clarke, a fugitive slave. Milton was hunted down by slave catchers, caught in Lake County, and subsequently aided by local citizens in his escape. However, many people don't know the significant role of Painesville citizens in Milton's story as well as their roles in the escape of hundreds of fugitive slaves through the Underground Railroad in Lake County.

The performance by Mr. Jones promises to be engaging and entertaining while bringing history to life! Visit to register for the January 7, 2017 Founders Day Breakfast at Lake Erie College.

For more information on the DPO’s Founders Day Breakfast, contact David Polakowski, Executive Director of the Downtown Painesville Organization, at or call 440.352.6004.

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