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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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
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.