Adrian Miller
Keynote speaker at the Red Carpet Event
Author of “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet”

6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Strand Concert Theater

Ticket price: $35, includes dinner and wine-tasting, also included in $60 all-access pass

Adrian Miller is the author of “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas.”

Miller also served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton on the Initiative for One America—the first free-standing office in the White House to address issues of racial, religious and ethnic reconciliation.

He is a food writer, attorney and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. He also is the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches and, as such, is the first African-American and the first layperson to have that position.

Miller previously served as a senior policy analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr.

He received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University in 1991 and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995.

He has been a board member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Miller’s first book, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time” won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in 2014.

His second book, “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” was published on Presidents’ Day 2017. It was a finalist for a 2018 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction” and the 2018 Colorado Book Award for History.

In 2018, Miller was awarded the Ruth Fertel “Keeper of the Flame Award” by the Southern Foodways Alliance in recognition of his work on African-American foodways.

In 2019, he received the Judge Henry N. and Helen T. Graven award from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, for being “an outstanding layperson whose life is nurtured and guided by a strong sense of Christian calling and who is making a significant contribution to community, church and our society.”

Miller is currently working on a history of African-American barbecue, tentatively titled “Black Smoke.”

Jeff Ebbeler
Illustrator of children’s books, including “Ellie May on Presidents’ Day”

Free dinner and event with the public

6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at Fremont Middle School

Jeff Ebbeler has illustrated more than 40 children’s books and has been creating art for kids for nearly a decade.

His drawings are featured in the book “Ellie May on Presidents’ Day.” The book shares the story of quirky and fun second-grader Ellie May, who loves learning about U.S. presidents and wants to hold her class’ flag during Presidents’ Day week.

Other books where his work is featured include “George the Hero Hound,” “When Bill Gates Memorized the Encyclopedia” and “Melvin the Mouth.”

Ebbeler has given lectures and demonstrations on his art in grade schools, colleges and museums.

In addition to illustrating children’s books, Ebbeler created large-scale animal puppets for the Central Park Zoo. He also worked as art director at Publications International Ltd. in Chicago for six years, where he designed and occasionally illustrated books and engineered pop-up books.

Ebbler attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He and his family live in Cincinnati. He spends his free time with twin daughters Olivia and Isabel.

John Moeller
Former White House chef for three presidential administrations

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Hayes Home

Choose one of the two sessions.

Ticket price: $125, limit 15 people per session

Chef John Moeller is a member of an elite corps of chefs, those who have served in the White House preparing cuisine for presidents, first families and their guests, including visiting heads of state.

Chef to three first families, including President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, Moeller joined the White House kitchen in 1992 as sous chef to Pierre Chambrin and later Walter Scheib, eventually acting as White House Chef in 2005.

Over the course of his career in the White House, he focused on creating unique, one-of-a-kind dishes that relied on fresh and flavorful ingredients.

He served in the White House from September 1992 until 2005 – one of the longest-tenured chefs across three administrations. He helped create and prepare meals for the first families, for world leaders like Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela, for famous guests like Julia Child and Sophia Loren, and for holiday parties and trips to Camp David.

Chef Moeller has detailed his journey and White House experience in his book, “Dining at the White House – From the President’s Table to Yours,” published in September 2013. He runs State of Affairs Catering in his hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Ben Greene
Retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel
Bowling Green State University associate professor of history

Ranking and Reevaluating the Presidents: Dwight D. Eisenhower and Polls of Presidential Greatness

2 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Birchard Public Library


Ben Greene teaches courses on 20th century America, foreign relations and military history at Bowling Green State University.

He is the author of “Eisenhower, Science Advice, and the Nuclear Test Ban Debate 1945-1963” and numerous articles and book reviews on a range of topics related to America’s interactions with the world.

His current research explores the intersections of culture and foreign relations, examining how American culture and American communities abroad have influenced international attitudes about the United States, its citizens and its policies.

Greene has previously taught history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He has a Ph.D. from Standford University.

During this program, Green will discuss ranking the presidents. A panel of presidential scholars in 1961 ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower near the bottom of the presidents; recent panels place him in the top quarter. Using Eisenhower as an example, this discussion considers how, when and why assessments of presidential leadership can vary tremendously over time.

Tom Culbertson
Former executive director, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Letters of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes: The White House Years

1 – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Birchard Public Library


Tom Culbertson was the executive director of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums from 2005 to 2012.

Before that, he worked as the director of history and education and manuscripts curator at HPLM.

Culbertson has been an Army officer, college librarian, stockbroker and archivist. He has served on the boards of community and professional organizations and frequently used his experience in finance to serve as treasurer.

Culbertson is the author of “Rutherford B. Hayes: A Life of Service.” The Gilded Age, particularly political cartoons, is his academic interest.

He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and a master’s degree in library science with a specialization in archives and manuscripts management from Syracuse University.

Culbertson’s program will focus on the letters of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes. Over the course of their 37-year marriage and two years of courtship, the couple exchanged hundreds of letters when they were apart.

These letters give us insight into one of the most remarkable presidential marriages. What shines through is their love and devotion to each other.

Larry and Suzi Michaels

Lucy Scott’s Journal, A Visit to the Hayes White House in 1878

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Birchard Public Library


Larry Michaels is a Lutheran minister who also taught English part-time at the University of Toledo. With his cousin Krista, he has written several local history books about Fremont and Sandusky County.

Suzi Michaels is a former teacher and clinical psychologist. She volunteers teaching yoga at the Fremont YMCA and helping with programs and tours for the Sandusky County Parks and the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Their program examines the journal Lucy Scott, a cousin of First Lady Lucy Hayes, kept during her visit to the White House for several weeks in 1878.

The journal she kept is not only detailed, honest and at times hilarious, but also it is one of the best glimpses into the inner workings of daily life at the Executive Mansion.

She describes the Hayes family, the other guests, the women’s clothing, state dinners and receptions and trips around Washington. The program will be a PowerPoint presentation of the people and places mentioned in the journal.

Roger Mills
Associate producer of the film “JFK: The Last Speech”
Co-editor of the book by the same title

He will introduce the film before its screenings.

Dr. Roger Mills is a graduate of Amherst College, class of 1964. Along with many of his classmates, he was in the audience for President John. F. Kennedy’s last speech before Kennedy’s assassination.

After serving in the U.S. Navy medical corps, his 30-year career in academic medicine included appointments at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the University of Florida School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic.

He then joined the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical organization and served in a variety of roles from 2005 to 2015. He retired as a senior director at Janssen Research & Development. He lives in Dexter, Michigan, with his wife, Katherine and their dog, Posie.

As they celebrated their 50th reunion, the Amherst class of 1964 realized that John F. Kennedy’s speech in October 1963 at Amherst had taken its rightful place as a classic and that Kennedy’s words were still relevant today.

Organizing as Reunion ’64, Inc., a non-profit corporation, a group of classmates funded a documentary film and a companion book, both titled “JFK: The Last Speech.”

Mills was an associate producer of the film and contributed to and co-edited the book. The film premiered at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston in May 2018.

American Public Television acquired film rights. The film has shown more than 400 times on public television and at numerous film festivals, including winning best documentary honors and the 2018 New Jersey Film Festival.