Dayton History

Oakwood Historical Society

Dayton History and Carillon Brewing Company will soon launch the production of its own selection of wine. The announcement comes as Dayton History gears up for its annual wine and food celebration, Fluers de Fete on Sunday, May 15th.

Jerry Kenney

On April 24th Dayton History will hold it’s highly anticipated annual open house at Hawthorn Hill.  The hilltop Oakwood mansion has been wonderfully preserved and this past week WYSO toured the Wright Brothers' former home with Alex Heckman, outreach coordinator for Dayton History and Steve Wright, the great-grandnephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Alex Heckman speaks first on the home’s history.

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Carillon Historical Park

On Sunday morning, March 27th, Carillon Historical Park will once again host an Easter Sunrise Service – just as it has for the last 75 years. The anniversary is a special one for the park, known for preserving some of the city’s most important, historical artifacts and history. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Jerry Kenney spoke to Alex Heckman who is the director of education and museum operations for Dayton History.

courtesy of Dayton History

Memorial Hall has a history of hosting boxing matches, and the upcoming Fight Night event will benefit Dayton History, the organization that manages the venue as well as many other historical sites in the Miami Valley. Dayton History's Samantha Redden and trainer Sensei Brown visited the WYSO studios to talk about the event live on Excursions with Niki Dakota.

Fight Night is Saturday, February 27th at Memorial Hall at

The Tree of Light before and after this week's wind storm.
Tony Bunch and Jerry Kenney

There will be no Christmas miracle for Dayton History and Carillon Park’s Tree of Light.  The 200 foot tall light display covering the historical bell tower was damaged by high winds early Monday morning.

Dayton History President, Brady Kress, says the tree will be back next year.

“You know we were scheduled to take this down right after New Year’s so it didn’t make sense to bring the crane out three more times only to have it up for maybe four or five days. So we’re preparing and getting ready and looking forward to Christmas season 2016,” he said.

Dayton History: The art modern-style carillon tower was built in 1942, funded by Edward Deeds' wife Edith Walton Deeds and was des
courtesy of Dayton History

Dayton History recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary as Dayton’s premiere historic preservation organization.  In that time, the group says visits to Dayton History sites like Carillon Park, the Paul Lawrence Dunbar House, and other sites have increased by 185 percent.

The rotunda section of the Arcade is in urgent need of repair. downtown dayton
David Bohardt / Arcade Task Force

The downtown Dayton Arcade has been unoccupied for more than twenty years now.

But 52-year-old Daytonian Aquetta Knight remembers a time when it was hopping.

“Everybody I knew was down there,” she says. “They were the good old days.”

Her dad was a shoe repairman in the Arcade, which also housed a fresh meat market, fresh fish, a popcorn store and a grocery. She’s like a lot of residents who want nothing more than to see it open back up.

Lewis Wallace / WYSO

John Patterson, Edward Deeds, and Wilbur and Orville Wright are just a few of the big names from a time when Dayton was a hotbed of innovation and invention. These famous names prompted a question from WYSO listener Susan Thornton:

“Why did Dayton produce so many inventors—for example, Charles Kettering, the Wright Brothers, the pop top can inventor?”

Dayton's Oregon District
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Dayton’s Oregon Historic District has a controversial aspect to it: the sound of the word. Unlike the state of Oregon, the end of which is pronounced like “begin", the proper noun used by Daytonians is pronounced Oregon—with an ending that rhymes with John. Dayton resident Jesse Clark asked WYSO Curious—why?

Why is it called the OreGON District? Why don’t we pronounce it the same way people do in Oregon state?

Jesse says he’s been trying to answer the question for quite some time.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for June 30, 2013 including the following stories:

- Jerry Kenney wraps up the week's news with the latest information about last week's crash at the Dayton Air Show

- Wayne Baker reports on Beavercreek's denial of RTA bus stops being ruled a violation of Civil Rights Act and speaks with attorney Ellis Jacobs about the ruling.

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