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A Walk Through Time: Historical Society Of Vandalia-Butler Exhibit

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Vandalia
The Vandalia Branch Library may be brand new, but during the month of February, visitors can explore the past with an exhibit of photos from the Historical Society of Vandalia-Butler. A dozen vintage prints will be on display in the Library’s Opportunity Space, February 1-27, 2017. The exhibit is free and open during regular Library hours.
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Historic Woodland Cemetery

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
Woodland is the final resting place of many of the nation’s most well known inventors and innovators such as the inventors of flight Orville and Wilbur Wright, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, writer Erma Bombeck, and entrepreneur George P. Huffman (Huffy Bicycles). We also have many other persons of interest such as Levi and Matilda Stanley, King and Queen of the Gypsies, George Newcom, one of Dayton’s founding fathers and Clement Vallandigham, the man without a country. Enjoy a presentation through time as you discover the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Presenter: Angie Hoschouer
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Changes in Women's Fashion

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Huber Heights
Meeting 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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The Wright Brothers in Dayton

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New Lebanon
Community 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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Flyers in the Finals: Dayton in the 1967 NCAA Tournament

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Miami Township
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.
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Free Genealogy Websites

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room
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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The Oakwood Street Railway, 1871-Present

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
Tom Morrow discusses the beginning of the Oakwood Street Railway as horse car in 1871, its transition to electric powered streetcars in 1895, and the trolley (and diesel) buses of today.
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Hidden Figures: Heroines in History and Modernity

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Trotwood
Meeting 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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Historic Dayton Homes

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
Step back into the neighborhoods of Dayton as we explore several of our community’s historic homes. These homes were the private residences of early settlers, business leaders and a few of our more notable citizens. Presenter: Mary Kay Mabe
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Flyers in the Finals: Dayton in the 1967 NCAA Tournament

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Miamisburg
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.
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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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