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Flyers In The Finals: Dayton In The 1967 NCAA Tournament

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Vandalia
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.  For adults.
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Dayton Underwater: The Great Flood of 1913

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
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 photographs, posters, maps and more from the 1913 Flood Collection.

 

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Dayton, Ohio: The Quintessential Home Front During the "Great War"

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room

World War One war was a pivotal time in the military use of technology and we’ll review how Dayton, with its aviation base and strong industrial and innovation heritage, was ideally suited to contribute to our nation’s war efforts. We’ll also explore the Dayton area as it recovered from the 1913 Flood and how Dayton citizens mobilized to help produce the soldiers, weapons, supplies, and money necessary to win the war.

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Boulders, Bedrock and Brewing Water

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room

How have the geologic resources of the Dayton area have influenced the region’s history? We’ll discuss how the “Dayton Limestone,” an important component of the local bedrock, was well suited to architectural and engineering uses before concrete became widely available. We’ll also trace the role of the DL&C Railroad in local quarrying history, 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.

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A Great Library

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Belmont
Meeting Room

A great library cannot be constructed - it is the growth of ages.  And so it is with the Dayton Metro Library. Come hear the history of how our library got started in 1846, and see the images of how it has developed and grown into a Main Library and 20 branches plus. Nancy Horlacher, Local History Specialist will share the library’s story and photos.

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Bottoms Up! Early Brewers in Dayton

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Northmont
Council Chambers

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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Russel Wright: An American Modern

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wilmington-Stroop
Meeting Room
It was Middletown’s Russel Wright, not Martha Stewart, who was America’s first lifestyle guru. Wright dropped out of Princeton to create sets for stage plays. By the late 1920’s he was an industrial designer developing a distinctive style that was both modern and solidly American. His wife Mary, the marketing genius in the family, helped promote his “American Modern” line of furniture and then tableware which spawned an array of imitators in mid-century America. In 1950 they published their Guide to Easier Living, outlining a casual new lifestyle approach to decorating and entertaining. After Mary’s untimely death, Russel focused his talents on Dragon Rock, his unique home and studio retreat. Historian Mike Williams presents a talk on the career of this trend-setting Buckeye.
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The Story of Dayton: From Founding to the Industrial Growth & Beyond

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Brookville
Community Room

The Story of Dayton is defined by its people. Soon after the Treaty of Greenville was signed, hardworking individuals started moving to Dayton in pursuit of the American dream. A unique blend of innovators, inventors and dreamers filled with unmistakable optimism contributed their energy and talents that eventually turned a wilderness with a few log cabins into a city of a thousand factories.  

 Years have passed and with the decline of heavy manufacturing, Dayton’s businesses have diversified into more of a service economy that includes information technology, healthcare, business services and logistics to name a few. That said, manufacturing still has a vital role to play in the future of Dayton; a future that will be defined by its people.    

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The Two Lincoln Trains

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room

This as you know is the story of Lincoln's journey to Washington in 1861 and his funeral train of 1865.  Both trains having traversed different routes through the Miami Valley region.

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The Czar of Kossuth Colony

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
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 Two Lincoln Trains

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Council Chambers

This as you know is the story of Lincoln's journey to Washington in 1861 and his funeral train of 1865.  Both trains having traversed different routes through the Miami Valley region.

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OHIO: Our Heart is in Ohio

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
West Carrollton
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.

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Historic Homes of Montgomery County

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Northmont
Meeting Room
 Focusing on the interesting homes of some of our local business leaders and notable citizens who owned property out in the townships around Dayton, we're sure not to miss the stories of these fascinating citizens and their beautiful residences.
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Walter Kidder and the Hayner Distillery’s Mail Order Alcohol

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Northmont
Meeting 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 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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Doctors of Dayton

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room

A look back at the doctors, physicians, surgeons, dentists and others in the medical profession in the City of Dayton from its beginning to the mid-twentieth century. Some of the doctors are: William Blodget (1776 – 1838), John Steele (1791 – 1854), John C. Reeve (1826 – 1920), Thomas A. McCann (1858 – 1943), George D. Gohn (1872 – 1961) and many, many more.

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Masterpiece Makers: The Barney and Smith Car Company

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Electra C Doren
Community Room
This nationally-known maker of some of the world’s most exquisitely beautiful railroad cars has a unique story that begins and ends right here in Dayton, Ohio. Nancy Horlacher, Local History Specialist, will tell the story and share vintage images highlighting the rail car manufacturer.
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Mound Builders and Village Dwellers

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kettering Moraine
Community Room
Over the last 2,000 years southern Ohio’s prehistoric occupants left their mark on the landscape ranging from large earthen constructions to villages that housed hundreds of people.  The Fort Ancient Site near Lebanon represents the mound building efforts of the people we call the Hopewell while SunWatch Indian Village in Dayton provides evidence of the first intensive farmers of the middle Ohio River valley region.
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