Town Hall Series

We Welcome You to Join Us

When the Akron Woman's City Club was founded in 1923, one of its primary goals was to provide a forum for educating members about events taking place in the world.

Some of the well-known early lecturers and guests were Grand Duchess Marie of Austria; the honorable Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming, this country's first woman governor; Louise Thayden, famous woman aviatrix and winner of the First Women's Air Derby from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland in 1929; Edgar Guest, well-known homespun poet; Alice Roosevelt Longworth; Drew Pearson; and Lowell Thomas. In addition, the Club sponsored many musical programs and seminars.

No Membership Required.

Today Town Hall Series carries on this proud tradition for the Akron Woman's City Club. You do not need to be a member of the Club to enjoy these programs. As we embark upon our 93nd season, here is your personal invitation to join us for this season's outstanding series.

Ticket Info

Season tickets are $40 for Club members and $45 for non-Club members. You may purchase season tickets by sending your check {payable to Akron Woman's City Club} to the Akron Woman's City Club. 732 W. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44302, ATTN:Town Hall Series. Single tickets may be purchased at the door on the day or evening of any performance for $10 each.

Dinners & Luncheons

Members as well as non-members are invited to attend the dinners and luncheons held with the performances. Lunch and dinner reservations may be made by calling the Club at 330.762.6261 at least 48 hours prior to the performance. Dinners will be held before the evening performances on September 20th and April 11th. The price for Town Hall dinners will be $22.  Luncheons will follow the morning performances. The price for the Town Hall luncheons will be $18.

Town Hall Program Information - 2018 - 2019


September 20, 2018


7:30 P.M.

Club Dining at 6:15 p.m. (Optional)


“Schneider Park: From Farm to Cemetery to Soccer Field”

The county infirmary, also known as a poor farm, a county home, or the county hospital, was the original welfare system of the 19th century. Typically, those who could not afford care stayed on the working farm of the county infirmary; these people included disabled veterans, elderly, insane, and orphans. This presentation will cover a general history of Summit County’s first infirmary, part of which included Schneider Park. There will also be a discussion of other cemeteries around Akron, and the history of body snatching in Akron.

   Eric Olson, President and co-founder of Stewards of Historical Preservation (SHiP), is currently an adjunct professor and research associate at the University of Akron. His research interests include prehistoric Native American mobility and settlement patterns, the Hopewell “moundbuilder” culture, late 19th Century northeast Ohio, and any historical gaps in data that are just waiting for archaeologists to fill!

   Plan now to join us for this part of our local history which we may have never known.



October 18, 2018


10:30 A.M.


“More Than a Refugee”

   Madhu N. Sharma has served as the Acting Executive Director of the International Institute of Akron since November 2017 and as a Director of Immigrant Legal Services since August 2015.  She is an Indian immigrant and a human rights attorney practicing and teaching in the field of immigration law for 20 years.  Certified by the State Bar of California, she has represented migrant farm workers, unaccompanied minors, and victims of state-sponsored torture, human trafficking and crimes from countries spanning the globe.  In 2011, she was awarded a Congressional Certificate of Honor and the ACLU Immigrant Advocacy Award for representing victims in the first federal alien smuggling case to result in visa issuance to hostage victims.

   Come and learn how Akron receives and welcomes immigrants to our community!



November 15, 2018

Jim Mullen

10:30 A.M.


“United Way’s 4 Bold Goals by 2025”

    Jim Mullen, United Way of Summit County President & CEO, joined United Way of Summit County in May 2015 as the seventh president and CEO in the organization’s 99-year history. His leadership direction focuses on systematic change and growth accomplished through strong volunteer leadership, innovative approaches and long-term community solutions.

   Jim has spent much of his career in the United Way network where he has directed key teams in charge of multimillion dollar fundraising efforts. Beginning in 2007 at United Way of Greater Cleveland, Jim served as senior manager of resource development where he led a professional team who raised annual campaign funds totaling more than $40 million each year. He moved to United Way of Metropolitan Nashville in 2011 where he served as director of workplace giving. There he oversaw the organization’s largest campaign increase in its 90-year history generating more than $1.3 million in new dollars over two years.

   Come! Be inspired by United Way’s Bold Goals to change our community for the better.



February 21, 2019


10:30 A.M.


 “K-9 Unit and Narcotics Detection”

   K-9 Vegas is a ten-year old Belgian Malinois, born on 7-7-07. She is currently the only female K-9 working for the Akron Police Department. Vegas is a cross-trained police dog which means she is not only trained for patrol work, but also for narcotics detection.  She is trained to detect marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and any of their respective derivatives.  Her patrol abilities consist of area searches, building searches, tracking, article searches and criminal apprehension.

When Vegas isn’t working, she enjoys walks and catching the Frisbee. 

   Akron Police Sergeant Chris Davis is Vegas’ handler.  Come for an inspiring program and learn how this K-9 assists in important police work.  You will be in awe at the teamwork exhibited by this Akron Police Officer and his K-9 Partner.

   Vegas won the “Top Dog” title the last two years at the Police K-9 Challenge at Lock 3 in downtown Akron.  The competition consists of Agility, Apprehension and Obedience exercises.  K-9 teams from the Akron Police Department along with other Police agencies in the area participated in the competition.



March 21, 2019


10:30 A.M.


Irish Immigration to America, a History”

Every March people of all backgrounds celebrate the son of a Roman tax collector who was kidnapped, sold into slavery, and in time single-handedly turned his captors and their nation to monotheism (and preserve much of Rome’s knowledge during the Dark Ages).  Eventually their descendants would leave their island home under oppressive foreign rule and famine to arrive in North America a shattered culture. The Irish in North America have overcome prejudice and addiction to make an indelible mark on American culture.

   Ted Smith’s wife, Therese, is from Dublin, Ireland.  While he was helping her study for her U.S. Citizenship, she commented that it would “only be fair” if he studied Irish history as well. The two of them subsequently began researching the history of Irish immigration to the U.S.  What follows is the result of that research.

   Come, wear your green and learn why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!


April 11, 2019


7:30 P.M. (Club Dining at 6:15 p.m. (Optional)


The Healing Power of Music”

In June 2005, Daniel Colaner’s parents received the devastating news that their six-month old child had been diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer.  At the time, he was given a 25 percent chance of survival.  After extensive treatment involving surgery and chemotherapy, they were told that even if Daniel did survive, he may face cognitive delays, hearing loss, and nerve damage.  To increase Daniel’s chances of developing normally, his parents exposed him to music at an early age and he began taking formal piano lessons at the age of 6.  No one could have predicted that this infant would grow into a talented young performer who, in November of 2017 at the age of 12, would make his Carnegie Hall debut on solo piano and play the organ at St. Patrick Cathedral in New York City on the same day.

   Daniel’s life is truly a witness to the healing power of music.  His taste in music runs the gamut, from classical to contemporary, from jazz to American standards, and everything in between. 

   Join us for an evening of beautiful music, inspiration, and hope presented by this talented teen.





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