Miami University is working to preserve 19th century land grant documents recently recovered by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma from a key moment in its history.
Tribe members say the grants marked the tribe's transition from collectively held land to individual ownership as it tried and mostly failed to avoid government relocation.
Miami University is preserving eight land grants found in storage at a Catholic diocese in Indiana. They include one signed in 1823 by President James Monroe and seven signed in 1843 by President John Tyler.
Recently Dave Chesar of Oakwood heard a story we did about the 6,000 abandoned properties in Dayton.
"At the end of the piece it said that the one thing that needs to happen is people need to start purchasing the properties," Chesar said. So he wondered: how do you actually do that? Who do you call? Is there a list? "Who really is the person, or group that can kind of transform those 6,000 vacant and distressed properties into properties that have a name, price and location?"
The Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, or CTC, is one of three area schools set to receive awards Monday from Gov. Kasich's $250 million Straight A Fund project. The money allows schools from around the state to compete for grants designed to award innovative ways of learning and teaching.
The idea of this grant is to turn CTC into a learning lab for energy education.
Students will have hands on experience doing energy auditing, which means students will learn how to make buildings more energy efficient by looking at things like poor insulation and leaks.
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