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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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Mound Builders and Village Dwellers

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room
Over the last 2,000 years southern Ohio’s prehistoric occupants left their mark on the landscape ranging from large earthen constructions to villages that housed hundreds of people.  The Fort Ancient Site near Lebanon represents the mound building efforts of the people we call the Hopewell while SunWatch Indian Village in Dayton provides evidence of the first intensive farmers of the middle Ohio River valley region.
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The History and Future of Carillon Park

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Northmont
Council Chambers
In 1950, Carillon Historical Park’s museum complex opened with the purpose of showcasing the region’s industrial innovations, transportation achievements, and Dayton’s contributions to world progress. Since construction first began on Deeds Carillon in 1940, the dreams of Edith and Edward Deeds have evolved into a beautiful 65-acre campus—designed by the Olmsted Brothers (the famed landscape architects responsible for Central Park)—containing dozens of museum buildings and countless artifacts. The Dayton region’s remarkable story continues to inspire visitors from around the world.  Come and listen to Dayton History's Jim Charters speak about the past, present, and future of this wonderful aspect of the Dayton community. 
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1913 Flood In The Northern Valley Region

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Vandalia
Community Room
A recounting of the 1913 flood in the five counties north of Dayton (Darke, Miami, Champaign, Shelby and Logan) presented by Scott Trostel.  This is a fascinating recounting of the death and destruction beyond the Dayton area.  For adults.
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Cemetery Symbols and Representations

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wilmington-Stroop
Meeting Room
Have you ever wandered through a cemetery and wondered about the meanings of the designs carved on old gravestones? Thousands of different religious and secular symbols and emblems have adorned tombstones through the ages, indicating attitudes towards death and the hereafter, membership in a fraternal or social organization, or an individual's trade, occupation or even ethnic identity. While many of these tombstones have fairly simple interpretations, it is not always easy to determine their meaning and significance. We were not present when these symbols were carved into the stone and can't claim to know our ancestors intentions, but it is interesting and instructive to explore them now.
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Walter Kidder and the Hayner Distillery’s Mail Order Alcohol

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community 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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The 1913 Flood in the Northern Valley Region

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

A recounting of the 1913 flood in the five counties north of Dayton; Darke, Miami, Champaign, Shelby and Logan. A fascinating recounting of the death and destruction beyond the Dayton area in the five counties north of Montgomery...Darke, Miami, Champagne, Shelby and Logan.

 

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The Dayton 1933 Arrest of John Dillinger

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

John Dillinger's infamous “career” as a bank robber and, eventually, the FBI’s first “Public Enemy No. 1”, lasted little more than a year. Released from the Indiana State Prison in May 1933, his first of many bank holdups was in the neighboring community of New Carlisle. Love-struck, his frequent visits to his Dayton girlfriend led to his arrest by Dayton police officers on September 22, 1933. The local mug shot of a defiant Dillinger furthered his celebrity. He was unable to escape Dayton custody but did so many times in other cities over the next few months only to die in gunfire on July 22, 1934 at the hands of federal agents. Steve Grismer, of the Dayton Police History Foundation shares this story.

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Roofs Over Ladders

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


House historian Betsy Wilson delves into the architecture of Dayton Fire Stations, old and new. These stations reflect not only the needs of the fire department at the time, but also the architectural styles of the day. Take a virtual tour of Dayton's historic fire stations and explore this vital part of Dayton's history.

House historian Betsy Wilson delves into the architecture of Dayton Fire Stations, old and new. These stations reflect not only the needs of the fire department at the time, but also the architectural styles of the day. Take a virtual tour of Dayton's historic fire stations and explore this vital part of Dayton's history.




House historian Betsy Wilson delves into the architecture of Dayton Fire Stations, old and new. These stations reflect not only the needs of the fire department at the time, but also the architectural styles of the day. Take a virtual tour of Dayton's historic fire stations and explore this vital part of Dayton's history.

House historian Betsy Wilson delves into the architecture of Dayton Fire Stations, old and new. These stations reflect not only the needs of the fire department at the time, but also the architectural styles of the day. Take a virtual tour of Dayton's historic fire stations and explore this vital part of Dayton's history.




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Walter Kidder And The Hayner Distillery’s Mail Order Alcohol

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Vandalia
Community 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 for adults 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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Over Here: Dayton During WWI

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

On the eve of WWI, Dayton was a thriving Midwestern city rich in industry and home to a vibrant immigrant population. This program explores how Dayton responded and contributed to the American effort in the war to end all wars.  

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Dr. Dio Lewis and the Women's Temperance Crusade

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Belmont
Meeting 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 saloonkeepers 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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Cemetery Symbols and Representations

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

Have you ever wandered through a cemetery and wondered about the meanings of the designs carved on old gravestones? Thousands of different religious and secular symbols and emblems have adorned tombstones through the ages, indicating attitudes towards death and the hereafter, membership in a fraternal or social organization, or an individual's trade, occupation or even ethnic identity. While many of these tombstone symbols have fairly simple interpretations, it is not always easy to determine their meaning and significance. We were not present when these symbols were carved into the stone and can't claim to know our ancestors' intentions.

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Ohio Counties

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
Can you name all 88 counties? Come learn some interesting facts about how Ohio formed their early counties and about some of their unique features. Just think, Montgomery County was established in 1803 within weeks of Ohio becoming a state. This presentation will not only explore the early days of Montgomery County but several other counties, as well.
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Abraham Lincoln in Ohio

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

Abraham Lincoln was definitely in Dayton in Ohio in 1859, but how many of us knew that he was in Ohio at least twice more and on one of those occasions he said he would never return because he felt Ohioans were inhospitable. What other times did Mr. Lincoln visit the Buckeye state? What happened that caused him to make that comment?

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Dayton Underwater: The Great Flood of 1913

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wilmington-Stroop
Meeting Room
And then the rains came...one of the most devastating disasters in America occurred right here in Dayton, Ohio. Nancy Horlacher, Local History Specialist at the Library, will share some of the vintage photos, posters, maps and more from the 1913 Flood Collection.
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Street Names of Dayton

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
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.
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Where Town and Country Meet: A Tour of Oakwood in 1913

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

 “Where Town and Country Meet,” is apt because the City of Dayton lies just to the north of Oakwood, whereas the rest of the village is mainly surrounded by farmland, with the exception of Hills and Dales Park standing to the southwest. Our tour consists of historic images of the Village of Oakwood via journeys along three separate routes: (1) a relatively short loop around the northeastern part of the village; (2) a more extended trip through the area west of Far Hills, including the adjacent Hills and Dales Park; and (3) a very brief jaunt through the area to the north of the Five Points intersection and the nearby Sugar Camp locale. As we follow these routes and observe the many notable features of early Oakwood, we’ll also discuss some of the people who have made important and lasting contributions.

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