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Explore the Rich History of the Miami Valley

Explore the Rich History of the Miami Valley with Free Programs at the Dayton Metro Library

From United States Presidents, to inventors, to premier manufacturers, Ohio has a rich and fascinating history. The Dayton Metro Library delves into the Miami Valley's past with free programs presented by our own local history specialist as well as guest speakers. Many programs feature photos and other items from the Library's Local History collection. Programs are free and open to the public.

November-December History Programs:

KETTERING-MORAINE BRANCH LIBRARY, 496-8938

The Dayton, Covington & Piqua Traction Company Presenter Scott Trostel shares the history of the interurban line that connected downtown Dayton to Piqua, 1902-1926.
Tuesday, 11/4, 6:30 p.m. – Kettering-Moraine Branch

The Barney & Smith Car Company Scott Trostel tells the story of Dayton's Barney & Smith Car Company, which grew to become a premier rail car manufacturer in the world.
Tuesday, 11/18, 6:30 p.m. – Kettering-Moraine Branch

Ohio Presidents, Part 2 Learn about the presidents who led the country after the Civil War - Ohioans Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding.
Tuesday, 11/25, 6:30 p.m. – Kettering-Moraine Branch

Miami Valley on the Move Nancy Horlacher talks about the advancement of transportation, with vintage photos from the Library's photo collections.
Tuesday,12/9, 6:30 p.m. – Kettering-Moraine Branch

DAYTON BRANCH LIBRARIES

The Rise and Fall of George Remus Meet America's first millionaire bootlegger, George Remus, the man some believe was the model for The Great Gatsby. Presented by teacher and historian Mike Williams.
Thursday, 11/20, 6:30 p.m. – Northtown-Shiloh Branch, 496-8954
Saturday, 12/6, 2:00 p.m. – Main Library, 463-2665

Walter Kidder and the Hayner Distillery's Mail Order Alcohol Mike Williams tracks the rise and fall of an innovative business which thrived on America's conflicting attitudes toward alcohol in the years preceding prohibition.
Tuesday,12/2, 6:30 p.m. – Northtown-Shiloh Branch, 496-8954

NORTHMONT BRANCH LIBRARY, ENGLEWOOD, 496-8950

The WW II Canteens Scott Trostel takes a look at the volunteer efforts in Troy, Springfield, Bellefontaine, Lima, Crestline and Marion, when troops passed through between 1942 and 1970.
Monday, 12/1, 6:30 p.m. – Northmont Branch

Dayton During the Days of Downton Abbey Local historian Mary Kay Mabe shares tidbits of Dayton happenings during the time period of the hit show Downton Abbey, 1912-1922.
Thursday, 12/11, 6:00 p.m. – Northmont Branch

VANDALIA BRANCH LIBRARY, 496-8960

Who's Who in Woodland Cemetery Find out who among the city's founding fathers, civic leaders, inventors and celebrities can be found in this treasure of local history.
Monday, 12/1, 6:30 p.m. – Vandalia Branch

TROTWOOD BRANCH LIBRARY, 496-8958

A Great Library Nancy Horlacher, Local History Specialist, shares the Library's story with vintage photos of its growth over 167 years.
Monday, 11/10, 6:30 p.m. – Trotwood Branch

NEW LEBANON BRANCH LIBRARY, 496-8948

Women in the Walk of Fame Nancy Horlacher highlights the lives of 33 notable women, both historic and contemporary, in Dayton's Walk of Fame.
Thursday, 11/13, 1:00 p.m. – New Lebanon Branch

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