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Ladies Tea to feature ‘superstitions’

COLUMBIANA–The First Presbyterian Church located at 28 E. Park Avenue will host Ladies Tea at 1 p.m. Monday.

The theme of the tea will be “Superstitions.” William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum Science Director Lynette Reiner will be presenting.

Reiner grew up in a multi-cultural family. Her heritage included Native American, Scottish and German roots.

“We had different folklores for each of our cultures,” Reiner said.

Reiner’s education and background in teaching allows her to expand her knowledge to include zoology, archeology and history.

“There are great books that are written by authors that will talk about folklore,” Reiner said.

While the internet and google are helpful in some circumstances, Reiner doesn’t recommend consistently using them as resources.

“It’s very important to make sure whatever you’re looking up is a peer reviewed article or journal,” he said.

Reiner’s research into the history of superstitions allows audiences to connect with her presentations.

“I want them to take a look back to maybe the superstitions they grew up with,” she said. “I want them to look back and say, ‘I remember my parents said never walk under a ladder’ and here’s where it originated; and this is why we believe it today.”

Reiner looks forward to presenting the superstitions program and introducing audiences to the resources and artifacts available at the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum at 800 McKinley Monument Drive N.W. in Canton.

“They can get a glimpse into things that we do here and that we do have an extensive knowledge base amongst our staff,” she said.

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