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.
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.
Do you feel overwhelmed by your family’s possessions and unsure how to get them under control? Do you desire a simpler home environment with room for everyone to relax and breathe? Led by Rose Lounsbury, professional organizer and mother of three, this presentation will focus on practical strategies families can use to incorporate minimalism--the age-old philosophy that less is more--into their modern, busy lives.
There are areas in the
Atacama Desert where zero rainfall has been recorded in the past 500 years.
Allen Johnson traveled to the desert to visit its unique environment and make
astronomical observations at the Atacama Lodge, the home of the space center
and telescopes, and visited the Salar de Atacama, El Tatio Geysers, and Aldea
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.