The United States Navy is bringing Navy Week to the Dayton Metro Library! The Northwest and Huber Heights Branch Libraries will host interpretive history presentations with USS Constitution sailors as part of Navy Week in Dayton. Sailors, dressed in uniforms from the 1800s, will bring history to life on Monday, June 13, at the Northwest Branch, 2410 Philadelphia Drive, and Thursday, June 16, at the Huber Heights Branch, 6160 Chambersburg Road. Both programs start at 6:00 p.m., are free and recommended for all ages.
The USS Constitution, launched in 1797, is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. Named by President George Washington, she is a wood-hulled, three-masted Navy frigate. Sailors in vintage uniforms will lead the Library programs, providing educational interactions with ‘hands-on’ artifacts and equipment from the USS Constitution's history and current activities.
Navy Week brings a variety of events, equipment and personnel to a single city for a weeklong series of engagements. Dayton is one of 15 cities selected for the 2016 schedule. Coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), Navy Weeks give Americans the opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity.
"Because the Navy is concentrated primarily on both coasts, we're challenged to communicate our mission away from fleet concentration areas. The Navy Week program helps us do that," said John Wallach, NAVCO's Deputy Director.
For more information on these or other free Library programs, visit the Events Calendar or call (937) 463-BOOK.