When: October 10th 2012
Where: Otterbein University, Towers Hall 3rd floor. Room 318. Westerville Ohio 43081. Please go to the “About the COCWRT” tab for information
Speaker: Howard Strouse
Topic: The Mormons in the 19th Century
Mormon history is unique in America. When their Prophet, Joseph Smith, published The Book of Mormon in 1830, conflict quickly followed. Converts to the fledgling religion, called Saints, were persecuted and driven from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, and finally, Illinois. With each violent encounter, Mormons became more willing to fight for their right to practice their faith, without interference. After the murder of Joseph Smith in an Illinois jail, Brigham Young led his Saints on a 1200 mile journey to the Great Salt Lake Basin in Utah Territory. But again, conflict followed, culminating in a massacre at a place called Mountain Meadows.
Howard Strouse, a native of Ohio, was born during World War II in Port Clinton, on Lake Erie. Graduating from high school in Sharon,Pennsylvania, he completed undergraduate work a tColumbia College and University of Missouri,Kansas City, majoring in Criminal Justice, with a minor in history. His first Master’s Degree was in Criminal Justice and Law, the second in History and Government; both conferred with honors, at Webster University, in Webster Groves,Missouri. Service at the United States Army Intelligence Center, Fort Holibird, Baltimore, Maryland, marked not only the beginning of training in his chosen career field, but also introduced him to Pat, his wife of more than forty-five years.
Following tours in the Far East and Germany, he resigned from the military to begin a career as a Federal Special Agent with the Department of Defense. He was a field agent in Kansas City,Missouri, and a Senior Resident Agent in St. Louis. He served a tour in the Headquarters as a Team Chief in the Investigations Center in the Baltimore/ Washington area; and then was appointed Special Agent in Charge in Columbus, Ohio. His final assignment, in a career that spanned over 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. He retired from the Federal Civil Service in 1999.
Howard has given presentations at universities, civil war round tables, libraries, social and fraternal organizations, history seminars and events. He is a Civil War reenactor, portraying General Alpheus Williams (and sometimes, when his weight is trimmed, General George Meade). He is a member of the General Staff of the Blue and the Grey, an organization of individuals that portray various Civil War generals. He is a member and past General-in-Chief of the Columbus Ohio Civil War Round Table, and an active member in Scottsdale, Arizona and several others. Howard is a participating member of the Lincoln Forum, and serves as historian/tour leader for the Civil War Education Association and the American History Forum.