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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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Miami Valley Haunts

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Belmont
Meeting Room

The Miami Valley has its hauntings just like anywhere else. On that odd occasion we may catch something unusual out of the corner of our eye or hear something peculiar like music or voices talking in the next room when no one is there. Sometimes we may get a strange sensation or feel an unexplained chill in the air. You are invited to take a look at some of the sites where such things are said to have happened in the Miami Valley.

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Two U.S. Citizens that Spied for the Nazis

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Vandalia
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.  For adults.

 

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Registration begins 8/1/2017 at 9:00 AM

Free Genealogy Websites

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main
Technology Lab 1A, 1st Floor, Rm 140
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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Brookville Library is 100 years old!

2:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Brookville
Community Room
The women's literary society, the Clio Club, opened the Brookville Library on September 8, 1917.  It was only open two days a week for a couple of hours each day and moved nine times before settling in at 120 Blue Pride Drive one year ago. Celebrate with cake and ice cream and learn about the library's history from a presentation and a look through scrapbooks and mementos from days gone by.  
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Celebrating Jane Austen

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main
Community Room 2A. 2nd Floor, Rm 201
This illustrated talk describes Austen's path to publication in a period when women were discouraged from writing professionally and novels were considered lowbrow entertainment. Local author of the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries, Carrie Bebris also shares how she recreates Austen's Regency England in her own novels.

Light Refreshments will be provided by the Dayton Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
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Changes in Women's Fashion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
New Lebanon
Community Room
Historian Leslie Arendt explains the forces such as social mores, technology, and economics that drove women's fashion trends through colonial times to the 1880s. Enjoy an up close look at historical garments including underclothes, day wear, ball gowns, and more displayed on both mannequins and live models. 
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Miami Valley Haunts

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Miamisburg
Community Room

The Miami Valley has its hauntings just like anywhere else. On that odd occasion we may catch something unusual out of the corner of our eye or hear something peculiar like music or voices talking in the next room when no one is there. Sometimes we may get a strange sensation or feel an unexplained chill in the air. Nancy Horlacher, Local History Specialist, invites you to take a look at some of the sites where such things are said to have happened in the Miami Valley.

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Changes in Women's Fashion

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Northwest
Community Room B
Historian Leslie Arendt explains the forces such as social mores, technology, and economics that drove women's fashion trends through colonial times to the 1880s. Enjoy an up close look at historical garments including underclothes, day wear, ball gowns, and more displayed on both mannequins and live models. 
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Two U.S. Citizens that Spied for the Nazis

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting 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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Registration begins 8/1/2017 at 12:00 AM

Ancestry Library Edition

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main
Technology Lab 1A, 1st Floor, Rm 140
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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He Had His Dream: A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Main
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Rm 338
Presenter Karen D. Brame, M.A., M.A., discusses the life, friendships and legacy of poet extraordinaire and native Daytonian, Paul Laurence Dunbar. 
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Bottoms Up! Early Brewers in Dayton

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Wilmington-Stroop
Meeting Room
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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Stomps Burkhardt Chair Company

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Rm 338
Elizabeth Grismer, editor of Chair Stories & Other Tales, and a descendant of the founders of the Burkhardt Stomps Chair Company will tell the story of the rise and eventual decline of this local Dayton business. Founded in 1860 and operating in downtown Dayton at the corner of First Street and Canal Streets until 1928, this factory created ornately made chairs that are still found throughout the United States and Canada.  
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Changes in Women's Fashion

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Northmont
Council Chambers
Historian Leslie Arendt explains the forces such as social mores, technology, and economics that drove women's fashion trends through colonial times to the 1880s. Enjoy an up close look at historical garments including underclothes, day wear, ball gowns, and more displayed on both mannequins and live models. 
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