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Trace Your Roots

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Wait, don’t laminate! Preserving your personal archives

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Main Library
Conference Room 3A, 3rd Floor
In honor of American Archives Month this workshop will give participants basic information about protecting their personal archives at home. Topics covered will include the preservation of photographs and paper as well as electronic documents. Participants will learn about the best options for storage and environmental conditions as well as tips for simple file organization.  
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Let Ohio Women Vote!

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Southeast
Conference Room A

Since 1869, Dayton women arduously worked towards gaining the right to vote. Over 50 years of activism was finally successful when Ohio voted in favor of the 19th Amendment in 1919. One woman in particular, Librarian Electra Collins Doren, saved many important records which are now part of DML’s extensive local history collection. Local History Librarian Nancy Horlacher tells the compelling story of Ohio Women’s Suffrage.

 


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The “World’s Largest Fossil Trilobite” – from Dayton, Ohio! A centennial story

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Community Room 2A. 2nd Floor

Hear the story of the one-time world’s largest complete trilobite specimen (14.5 inches in length) unearthed in Dayton in 1919. Hear about the fossil’s life and times, its discovery, subsequent iconic status as inspiration for Ohio’s State Fossil - and former logo of the Dayton Museum of Natural History, and other “monster” trilobite discoveries from SW Ohio and North America. 

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Stirring Up Food and Memories

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northwest
Community Room B
A cookbook can contain more than recipes, it can be a historical document for your family. One that contains the stories behind the food. Preparing food and family dinners can evoke memories and emotions; as you eat, you may think of family, friends, and events related to those foods. Learn how to create and organize your own family cookbook to save not just recipes, but the memories of those important to you.
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Stirring Up Food and Memories

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room
A cookbook can contain more than recipes, it can be a historical document for your family. One that contains the stories behind the food. Preparing food and family dinners can evoke memories and emotions; as you eat, you may think of family, friends, and events related to those foods. Learn how to create and organize your own family cookbook to save not just recipes, but the memories of those important to you.
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Walter Kidder and the Hayner Distillery’s Mail Order Alcohol

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Southeast
Conference Room A

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 through its distribution center in Dayton.  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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Let Ohio Women Vote!

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Electra C Doren
Conference Room

Since 1869, Dayton women arduously worked towards gaining the right to vote. Over 50 years of activism was finally successful when Ohio voted in favor of the 19th Amendment in 1919. One woman in particular, Librarian Electra Collins Doren, saved many important records which are now part of DML’s extensive local history collection. Local History Librarian Nancy Horlacher tells the compelling story of Ohio Women’s Suffrage.

 


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Genealogy Interest Group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Technology Lab A, 1st Floor

Explore your heritage at your own pace using DML's online genealogy resources, including Ancestry, Dayton Daily News 1898-1922, and Fold3. Bring your own laptop or use ours, a library staff member will be available to answer questions and guide research when needed. Assistance provided in order of arrival. Advanced registration is not required.

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Dayton Clodbusters and the History of Baseball

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Vandalia
Community Room
Come out and learn how baseball was played in 1860. You'll first learn about the origins of baseball, including games such as stoolball, trap ball, rounders and town ball. You'll then see what it was like to play the game, get a chance to see a recreated vintage baseball and bat, and learn the rules and customs of 1860s baseball. Finally, this program will talk about the formation of Dayton’s oldest vintage baseball club, the Clodbusters.
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Stirring Up Food and Memories

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Northmont
Community Room
A cookbook can contain more than recipes, it can be a historical document for your family. One that contains the stories behind the food. Preparing food and family dinners can evoke memories and emotions; as you eat, you may think of family, friends, and events related to those foods. Learn how to create and organize your own family cookbook to save not just recipes, but the memories of those important to you.
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Who Am I? Explore Library Genealogy Databases

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Miamisburg
Conference Room
Do you ever wonder what your grandparents were like? Did your family immigrate from another country and you would like to follow your roots? Do you have family that served in the military? Would you like to follow your African American heritage? The Library now has 3 new databases where you can explore all these avenues of genealogy research. Join us for this class on using the databases, and learn how to explore your past.
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Genealogy Interest Group

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Technology Lab A, 1st Floor

Explore your heritage at your own pace using DML's online genealogy resources, including Ancestry, Dayton Daily News 1898-1922, and Fold3. Bring your own laptop or use ours, a library staff member will be available to answer questions and guide research when needed. Assistance provided in order of arrival. Advanced registration is not required.

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A Tabloid History of Dayton

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

In 1932, Howard Burba, a writer for the Dayton Daily News, wrote articles on the history of Dayton. He stated that Dayton’s history could be laid out on a single newspaper sheet instead of volumes of books. To that end, he wrote “A Tabloid History of Dayton” in which he lays out the “first things” in Dayton. This program reviews those “first things” and shows their connections to Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum.


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