The Upton Association will kick off its 2023 “First Wednesday” speaker series Wednesday, February 1 as Ray O’Neil presents a program on “The History & Operation of the Ohio Leather Company – Beginning to End”. O’Neil’s presentation will include a display of memorabilia from the Leatherworks in Girard, borrowed from the collection of the Girard Historical Society. He will show footage taken from an original 1940 film of the Leatherworks that the Girard Fire Department saved from a fire. DVDs of the film will be for sale. The program will be at the Upton House, 380 Mahoning Avenue in Warren, with light refreshments beginning at 9:30, followed by the program at 10:00. The program is free, open to the public, and reservations are not required.