Dayton History

Dayton History

A Miamisburg site that played a big role in nuclear history will soon be open to the public. It’s the home of the former Mound Laboratories - known to some in the Miami Valley for its important role in developing the first atomic bomb. Beginning this month the Cold War-era Mound will also house a new Dayton History museum. Organizers hope it will showcase this critical but often controversial chapter of American history.

At the height of operations after World War II, Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg employed around 2,500 workers.

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On Saturday, February 24th at Memorial Hall, Dayton History once again hosts its annual Fight Night fundraiser. Dayton locals will battle it out in the boxing ring and audience goers are encouraged to dress for the occasion in 1920's and 30's garb.

To get the details on this year’s event WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Jeff Brown, founder of the Brown Institute of Martial Arts in Centerville. He’s been training the athletes for their fights. And, joining us in the conversation this year, Savannah Winfield with Dayton History.

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The Concours d'Elegance is Dayton History's largest fundraiser of the year. The annual event brings in antique automobile owners from near and far. This week, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with just two of the people involved in organizing and promoting the event, Skip Peterson, the board chair for Concours, and Lauryn Bayliff, Director of Community Development.

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Next week is round two of Dayton History and Carillon Park’s very successful Dayton Mini Maker Faire. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 2,500 people.  The event is a two-day celebration of people who - you guessed it, know how to make stuff. Some 90 exhibitors will feature live demonstrations and hands-on learning activities in robotics, rocketry, 3D printing, and more.

To talk hear about this, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Josh Cory of Make It Dayton - the group behind the event, and Alex Heckman, director of operations at Dayton History.

Longtown's restoration is underway.
Jerry Kenney

In southwest Ohio, about a mile from the Indiana state line, a long-forgotten town with a special place in African American history is struggling to be reborn.

Longtown was established nearly 200 years ago in what is now Greenville. The settlement grew into a thriving mixed-race community and a major stop on the Underground Railroad.

Now, descendants of those pioneering settlers are working to bring Longtown back to life for others to experience.

Longtown’s History

Stephen Wright Holds a picture of Bishop Milton Wright who lived the last years of his life at Hawthorn Hill with his sons, the Wright Brothers.
Jerry Kenney

On Sunday April 23rd, Dayton History will once again open the doors to Hawthorne Hill. The large house in Oakwood was once home to the Wright brothers. The annual Wright at Home open house will allow visitors to step back in time and live the history of Dayton’s most famous family.

 

Prominently featured at this year’s event will be stories about the Wright brothers' father, Bishop Milton Wright, who died nearly 100 years ago.  

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On February 25th at Memorial Hall, Dayton History will host Fight Night, an evening of boxing. Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey, and other boxing legends have battled it out inside the hall and this event keeps that tradition alive. To get the details WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Jeff Brown, founder of the Brown Institute of Martial Arts, in Centerville who’s been training the athletes for their fights.

Here's the press release with more details from Dayton History:

Republican Congressman Mike Turner in 2013 voted to continue the government shutdown. Now he says he supports keeping the Planned Parenthood debate separate from the federal budget issue.
WYSO

Republican Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th District says his investigation into operations at the National Aviation Hall of Fame will continue. Turner on Monday announced his intentions in a letter sent to NAHF board of trustees chairman Bill Harris.

Patterson Homestead
Dayton History

Patterson Homestead was built in 1816 and to celebrate its 200 years, Dayton History is feverishly working to complete some new restorations to the historic building - all in time for an open-to-the-public birthday party on November 12th called Home and Harvest. Merry Masterson is the assistant director of education for Dayton History.  This week, we spoke with her and Director Alex Heckman who gave us a tour of the Homestead.

 

Building Cars On A Smaller Scale

Oct 19, 2016
Terry Kahle

Dayton’s premier car show is the annual Concours d’Elegance, where every vehicle has earned an invitation to be on display.  Last month, more than six thousand people strolled the field at Dayton's Carillon Historical Park, which held over 200 restored and antique cars.  Community Voices producer Jim Kahle was one of them, and he found a display of miniatures vying for their own award.

As I entered the manicured lawn of the park, I was treated to automotive eye candy in every direction, Bentley, Bugatti, Pierce Arrow even a 1918 Willys Overland were on display.

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