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Gliding the "Wright" Way

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
West Carrollton
Meeting Room
Did you know the Wright brothers built kites and gliders in the years leading up to their successful attempts at flight in December of 1903? Join us for a talk on the 1899-1902 experiments conducted by Orville and Wilbur Wright that led to the invention of the first practical airplane. 

Read the 2017 Big Read-The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.
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Hidden Figures: Heroines in History and Modernity

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
New Lebanon
Community Room
Presenter Karen D. Brame, an Adjunct Professor of Education and History, highlights the accomplishments of amazing women achievers, including Katherine G. Johnson and Edith Clarke, within diverse fields of endeavors in celebration of Women's History Month. 
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The Wright Brothers in Dayton

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
Wilbur and Orville Wright were sons of Dayton, Ohio-a community of innovation at the dawn of the 20th century. Learn about the brothers from early childhood to their success at Kitty Hawk and Huffman Prairie. Presenters are from the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

Read the 2017 Big Read-The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.
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A Poem of Steel: the Early Days of Bicycling

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
West Carrollton
Meeting Room
Join us for a jaunt back to the early days of cycling. Learn about the wild and strange contraptions that roamed the earth before the bicycle we know today. Expect a light-hearted, hour-long talk about the history of the bicycle. 

Read the 2017 Big Read-The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.
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The Other Wright Brothers

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brookville
Community Room
Wilbur and Orville we know. But were there others? Yes, Lorin and Reuchlin and Otis. Take this opportunity to meet not only these brothers but the other men in the Wright family as well, - family members that give us an inside glimpse into the Wright family ancestry.

Read the 2017 Big Read - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. 

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Talk with Orville and Wilbur Wright

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room
In honor of Wilbur Wright's 150th birthday on April 16 and the selection of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough as the 2017 Big Read, meet Wilbur and Orville Wright (as portrayed by Ross Gaby and Tommy Collins) and enjoy their talk about the history of flight.
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Street Names of Dayton

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
New Lebanon
Community Room
If you’ve ever driven through Woodland Cemetery you may have noticed that many of the monuments have the names of many of the streets in Dayton. In this program, we’ll introduce you to the men and women whose streets bear their name and how they contributed to the history of Dayton. Presentor: Angie Hoschouer
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Intro to Ancestry.com

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wilmington-Stroop
Meeting Room
Delve into your family history and discover where you came from. Using the Library's paid subscription of Ancestry.com for free, you can find census, immigration, military, and vital records of relatives you never even knew you had! Start your search by joining us for an introduction to using this powerful and exciting database.
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Dr. Dio Lewis and the Women's Temperance Crusade

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room
A 19th Century feminist doctor, educator and itinerant lecturer named Diocletian Lewis spoke in Hillsboro, Ohio in December 1873 and sparked what became the largest mass protests by women that America had ever seen. The cause: get saloon keepers to voluntarily cease selling liquor, the means: moral suasion and social pressure administered by roving bands of women who prayed, sang hymns, and used their presence to make both bar owners and customers uncomfortable. Join historian Mike Williams as he describes the movement that closed hundreds of saloons and the man who was its catalyst.
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The Industrial Hobarts

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Vandalia
Community Room
Trained as a lawyer, C. C. Hobart became fascinated with electricity and founded a company that became America’s largest manufacturer of commercial food processing equipment. He and his sons then started Hobart Brothers and made battery chargers and electric welders. They built all-steel homes during the Depression and thousands of welders and mobile power units for the armed forces during World War II. C. C. Hobart’s grandsons supplied welding systems to build the World Trade Center, nuclear submarines, oil and gas pipelines, and the Space Shuttle’s external fuel tank. The family created a corporate culture that encouraged teamwork and creativity. Company engineers earned over a hundred patents. Their ground power units serviced commercial airliners and their robotic welders revolutionized factories. Join Mike Williams, co-author of The Industrial Hobarts, for a talk on this three generation family of Miami Valley entrepreneurs.
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Flyers In The Finals: Dayton In The 1967 NCAA Tournament

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Vandalia
Community Room
Piloting a young basketball team that had graduated its all-time top scorer, third year coach Don Donoher lands a bid for his unranked Flyers in the NCAA championship.  All American Don May leads the Cinderella Flyers to four heart-pounding victories, including upsets of three top 10 teams, to reach the national finals.  There Dayton encounters Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) and John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins, a team at the dawn of one of the most amazing dynasties in sports history.  Join historian Mike Williams to relive the Dayton Flyer’s greatest run in the Big Dance.  For adults.
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Dayton, Ohio: The Quintessential Home Front During the "Great War"

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room

World War One war was a pivotal time in the military use of technology and we’ll review how Dayton, with its aviation base and strong industrial and innovation heritage, was ideally suited to contribute to our nation’s war efforts. We’ll also explore the Dayton area as it recovered from the 1913 Flood and how Dayton citizens mobilized to help produce the soldiers, weapons, supplies, and money necessary to win the war.

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Boulders, Bedrock and Brewing Water

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room

How have the geologic resources of the Dayton area have influenced the region’s history? We’ll discuss how the “Dayton Limestone,” an important component of the local bedrock, was well suited to architectural and engineering uses before concrete became widely available. We’ll also trace the role of the DL&C Railroad in local quarrying history, the 1913 Flood, the glacial geology of this area, the significance of local ground and surface water, and how these geologic topics relate to some of the people, places, and things that are part of Dayton's history.

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A Great Library

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Belmont
Meeting Room

A great library cannot be constructed - it is the growth of ages.  And so it is with the Dayton Metro Library. Come hear the history of how our library got started in 1846, and see the images of how it has developed and grown into a Main Library and 20 branches plus. Nancy Horlacher, Local History Specialist will share the library’s story and photos.

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Bottoms Up! Early Brewers in Dayton

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Northmont
Council Chambers

Dayton was well established by the 1850s and its industry included railroad car, farm equipment and tobacco manufacturing; flour mills, paper mills, spice mills and distilleries. Brewing beer and other spirits were big business that lasted well into the new century.

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Russel Wright: An American Modern

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wilmington-Stroop
Meeting Room
It was Middletown’s Russel Wright, not Martha Stewart, who was America’s first lifestyle guru. Wright dropped out of Princeton to create sets for stage plays. By the late 1920’s he was an industrial designer developing a distinctive style that was both modern and solidly American. His wife Mary, the marketing genius in the family, helped promote his “American Modern” line of furniture and then tableware which spawned an array of imitators in mid-century America. In 1950 they published their Guide to Easier Living, outlining a casual new lifestyle approach to decorating and entertaining. After Mary’s untimely death, Russel focused his talents on Dragon Rock, his unique home and studio retreat. Historian Mike Williams presents a talk on the career of this trend-setting Buckeye.
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The Story of Dayton: From Founding to the Industrial Growth & Beyond

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Brookville
Community Room

The Story of Dayton is defined by its people. Soon after the Treaty of Greenville was signed, hardworking individuals started moving to Dayton in pursuit of the American dream. A unique blend of innovators, inventors and dreamers filled with unmistakable optimism contributed their energy and talents that eventually turned a wilderness with a few log cabins into a city of a thousand factories.  

 Years have passed and with the decline of heavy manufacturing, Dayton’s businesses have diversified into more of a service economy that includes information technology, healthcare, business services and logistics to name a few. That said, manufacturing still has a vital role to play in the future of Dayton; a future that will be defined by its people.    

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The Two Lincoln Trains

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room

This as you know is the story of Lincoln's journey to Washington in 1861 and his funeral train of 1865.  Both trains having traversed different routes through the Miami Valley region.

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The Czar of Kossuth Colony

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room
In 1905 Dayton’s largest employer, the Barney & Smith Car Company, turned to immigrant labor agent Jacob D. Moskowitz to secure workers to manufacture its new line of steel freight cars. The result was Kossuth Colony, a walled company town on the outskirts of North Dayton. Its residents were Hungarian immigrants employed at Barney & Smith, and Moskowitz supplied nearly all their needs, which residents could purchase with scrip issued as an advance on their pay. The colony ignited a controversy fought in the pages of two rival Dayton newspapers: was Moskowitz a ruthless czar who exploited immigrants or a benevolent father figure who eased their transition to a new world? Teacher and local historian Mike Williams will provide the answers.
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The Two Lincoln Trains

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Council Chambers

This as you know is the story of Lincoln's journey to Washington in 1861 and his funeral train of 1865.  Both trains having traversed different routes through the Miami Valley region.

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OHIO: Our Heart is in Ohio

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
West Carrollton
Meeting Room

The red carnation and the cardinal, yes, these are the symbols of Ohio. But how did they come to represent Ohio? Take this opportunity to explore Ohio trivia – to learn about our flag, our motto, and much more.

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Historic Homes of Montgomery County

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
 Focusing on the interesting homes of some of our local business leaders and notable citizens who owned property out in the townships around Dayton, we're sure not to miss the stories of these fascinating citizens and their beautiful residences.
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Walter Kidder and the Hayner Distillery’s Mail Order Alcohol

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
During the years leading up to national prohibition Dayton was home to the nation’s largest and most profitable mail order alcohol operation. This legal business, the brain child of Walter Kidder, aggressively marketed the products of Troy, Ohio’s Hayner’s Distillery on a nationwide basis. Each time a county or state voted itself dry, Kidder’s operation added to its customer base. This presentation by teacher and local historian Mike Williams will track the rise and fall of this innovative business that thrived on the contradictions within America’s attitudes toward alcohol.
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Doctors of Dayton

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room

A look back at the doctors, physicians, surgeons, dentists and others in the medical profession in the City of Dayton from its beginning to the mid-twentieth century. Some of the doctors are: William Blodget (1776 – 1838), John Steele (1791 – 1854), John C. Reeve (1826 – 1920), Thomas A. McCann (1858 – 1943), George D. Gohn (1872 – 1961) and many, many more.

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Masterpiece Makers: The Barney and Smith Car Company

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Electra C Doren
Community Room
This nationally-known maker of some of the world’s most exquisitely beautiful railroad cars has a unique story that begins and ends right here in Dayton, Ohio. Nancy Horlacher, Local History Specialist, will tell the story and share vintage images highlighting the rail car manufacturer.
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