When: July 13, 2011
Where: Ohio Health Medical Campus, 300 Polaris Parkway, Westerville Ohio 43081
Speaker: Howard Strouse
Topic: “Amazing Grace: Champions of Abolition”
A native of Ohio, born during World War II, Howard has been fascinated with history from boyhood. Throughout his travels in 22 countries and 48 states, he has always been interested in how things evolved and how our country grew and protected itself. His particular favorite is the U.S. in the 19th century, especially the Civil War period. Mr. Strouse’s undergraduate work was completed at Columbia College and the University of Missouri, where he majored in criminal justice, with a minor in history. He obtained his first Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Law, and his second in History and Government – both conferred with honors – at Webster University.
Serving in the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, he went on to a career as a Federal Special Agent with the Department of Defense. His final assignment, in a career that spanned thirty-five years, was as Chief of Industrial Personnel Security Clearance Adjudication for all firms (contractors) that required Federal security clearances to do business with the Department of Defense. Howard has given presentations at universities, Civil War round tables, libraries, social and fraternal organizations, history seminars and other history events. He is a Civil War re-enactor, portraying General Alpheus Williams (and sometimes, when his weight is trimmed, General George Gordon Meade). A Member of the General Staff of the Blue and the Grey, he is also a member and past General-in-Chief of the Columbus, Ohio, Civil War Round Table, and is currently an active member in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is also a participating member of the Lincoln Forum, and serves as historian/tour leader for the Civil War Education Association and the American History Forum.