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The Czar of Kossuth Colony

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Vandalia
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 Old Barn Club and the Golden Age of Hills and Dales Park

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
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. Presenter: Dr. David Schmidt
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Boulders, Bedrock, and Brewing Water: How Geology has Influenced the History of Dayton, Ohio

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
The presentation addresses the bedrock geology of this area and its use in Oakwood, local quarrying history and its link to the DL&C Railroad, Rubicon Creek, the 1913 Flood, the glacial geology of this area, the significance of local ground and surface water, and how these geologic topics relate to some of the people, places, and things that are part of Dayton's history. Presenter: Dr. David Schmidt
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Changes in Women's Fashion

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Brookville
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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Genealogy 101

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room
Family history: What do I do? This introduction covers using family group sheets, creating pedigree charts, setting goals, information gathering, citing sources, and reporting findings.
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Buffalo Soldier in the Heart of America: a History of the African-American Regiments (1866-1951) and Colonel Charles Young

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Trotwood
Meeting Room
Presenter Karen D. Brame, an Adjunct Professor of Education and History, discusses the brave history of the Buffalo Soldiers as well as the life and legacy of the brilliant Colonel Charles Young in honor of Black History Month. 
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How to Discover Your House History

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
Your house has a history. Someone broke ground and built it. Others lived and loved there, altered it, and made it home. Betsy Wilson tells how to find details via deeds, tax records, newspapers, the census, city directories and other resources.
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Black History Month – A Year Long Celebration at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Vandalia
Community Room
This program honors the lives of African Americans whose final resting place is in Dayton, Ohio. Some of the featured notables are: freed slave, Jordan Anderson; mayor, James H. McGee; politician, C. J. McLin; southpaw pitcher, William G. Sloan; educator, Louisa Troy and trombonist, Mitchell “Booty” Wood, just to name a few. Presenter: Angie Hoschouer
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Buffalo Soldier in the Heart of America: A History of the African-American Regiments (1866-1951) and Colonel Charles Young

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
New Lebanon
Community Room
Presenter Karen D. Brame, an Adjunct Professor of Education and History, discusses the brave history of the Buffalo Soldiers as well as the life and legacy of the brilliant Colonel Charles Young in honor of Black History Month. 
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Dr. Dio Lewis and the Women's Temperance Crusade

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Vandalia
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 persuasion 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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OHIO: Our Heart is in Ohio

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
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. Presenter: Mary Kay Mabe
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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
Meeting 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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