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The Rise and Fall of George Remus

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room
America’s first millionaire bootlegger was George Remus, a Chicago lawyer who had studied the weaknesses in the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act. Remus moved to Cincinnati to set up his operation and soon became fabulously wealthy, protecting his business with a network of bribes that reached into the office of the U. S. Attorney General. Taken down by a handful of officials who refused to be bought, Remus returned from serving three years in prison in 1927 and gunned down his turncoat wife in broad daylight. He defended himself in court and secured an acquittal that stunned the nation. Teacher and local historian Mike Williams invites you to meet the real Remus, the man who some believe served as one of the models for the Great Gatsby.
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Two U.S. Citizens that Spied for the Nazis

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Huber Heights
Community Room
Among the 68 American citizens who spied for Nazi Germany was an unusual father-foster daughter team operating in New York City.  Simon Emil Koedel was a naturalized citizen and U.S. Army veteran who worked as a movie projectionist.  His foster daughter, Marie Koedel, was an attractive brunette adept at extracting information from defense workers, merchant mariners, and officers in the armed forces.  The elder Koedel’s exploits included being given a guided tour of the Army’s Edgewood Arsenal and securing the help of a sitting U.S. Senator.  Join historian Mike Williams as he traces the careers of these bold spies and the bizarre string of events that led to their eventual prosecution.

 

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Genealogy Using Court Records

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Huber Heights
Community Room
Genealogy Using Court Records
 
Court records are one of the most underused genealogy resources, but can lead to a treasure trove of authoritative information that may be unavailable anywhere else!  In this class, we will learn how to use court records to enhance your family tree.

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Genealogy Using Court Records

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Vandalia
Community Room
Court records are one of the most underused genealogy resources, but can lead to a treasure trove of authoritative information that may be unavailable anywhere else!  In this class, we will learn how to use court records to enhance your family tree.

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Free Genealogy Websites

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main
Technology Lab A, 1st Floor
Are you tired of surfing the net only to keep ending up at subscription genealogy databases?  I'll show you what you can get for FREE, with an emphasis on Ohio research. 
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Ancestry Library Edition

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main
Technology Lab A, 1st Floor
This workshop, designed for the novice, will highlight some of the most useful databases contained within the subscription website Ancestry Library Edition . Included in the lecture will be: Federal Censuses, User-submitted Family Trees , Ohio Marriage and Death Indexes, Social Security Death Index, and World War I Draft Registration Cards.
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The Original Subscribers to the 1841 Woodland Cemetry Association

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
New Lebanon
Community Room

In 1840, Dayton had two burial sites that were no longer adequate for the rapidly growing town. John Van Cleve was given the task to find a final resting place for the deceased. By February of 1841, Woodland Cemetery was established with the help of 50 subscribers who were willing to invest in a property one mile south of the center of town. This program reviews the lives of those original subscribers including: Henry L. Brown, John F. Edgar, Alexander Grimes, George Newcom, Robert C. Schenck, John Van Cleve, Peter Voorhees and many more. 


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Geneaology Using Court Records

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Northmont
Community Room
Court records are one of the most underused genealogy resources, but can lead to a treasure trove of authoritative information that may be unavailable anywhere else!  In this class, we will learn how to use court records to enhance your family tree.

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The Old Barn Club and the Golden Age of Hills and Dales Park

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
New Lebanon
Community Room

Please join us as we step back into the pastoral setting of early Van Buren Township for a trip through John H. Patterson’s sprawling country park. We’ll review the major events occurring in Hills and Dales Park, trace its important equestrian history, and explore the Old Barn Club, which served as the hub of the park’s early social activities. We’ll also visit the nine Adirondack-style camps that hosted countless picnics and parties during the park’s heyday.                                                                                          

 


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Women in the Walk of Fame

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Brookville
Community Room

In 1996 we celebrated 200 years of Dayton and Miami Valley history. As a legacy tribute to the important women and men of the area, Celebration Dayton ’96 created The Walk of Fame. To date, 200+ women, men or groups have been commemorated with sidewalk stones, 44 of them are women. Nancy Horlacher, Local History Librarian, will highlight the lives of the women in the Walk of Fame.


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African American History Trivia

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Trotwood
Community Room
Team up in pairs and go head to head with African American History facts.
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