Water Shutdown on May 2

Please note that due to unavoidable circumstances, Dunbar Library will have no water on Monday, May 2, from 7 a.m. until approximately noon. This includes restrooms. Please make your research plans with this in mind. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

For more information, see the official announcement below sent yesterday via University communications:

Water supply to Dunbar Library, the Library Annex and Rike Hall will be shut off for emergency plumbing repairs on Monday, May 2, from 7 a.m. until approximately noon.

Once the water supply has been restored, a boil advisory will be in effect until water sample test results are received from the laboratory. It is anticipated that the boil advisory will be removed no later than Thursday, May 5.

A boil advisory means that the water should not be used for human consumption such as drinking, teeth brushing, etc., unless it is boiled first.

Please contact John Kucinski at 775-5404 with any questions.

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Join us for “Beyond the Powder: The First Women’s Cross Country Air Race” on May 2nd

All are welcome at the next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society, this coming Monday, May 2, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

HPAHS_2016-05-02_imageAt this month’s meeting, we will be watching Beyond the Powder: The First Women’s Cross Country Air Race (Hemlock Films).

Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women’s Cross-Country Air Race is a documentary film that follows the 2014 Air Race Classic racers as they make their way across the country, while telling the story of the original race of 1929, also known as the Powder Puff Derby.

The first Women’s Air Derby in 1929 was flown from Santa Monica to the finish line in Cleveland, kicking off the National Air Races. The eyes of the country watched as these brave women made history flying cross-country, breaking into a competition that was thought to be for men only. They encountered sabotage, death, and all the difficulties of flying at the dawn of aviation.

Today the Powder Puff Derby continues as the Air Race Classic. The modern day racers carry out the legacy of the original racers with their adventurous and rebellious spirit.  Showing that they were more than just their make-up, the original Derby contestants have inspired those flying today to truly push beyond the powder.

This event is free and open to the public. The meeting and presentation will take place at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center at 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There is ample free parking, and light refreshments will be provided.

You can view the upcoming schedule of meetings and speakers anytime at : http://www.libraries.wright.edu/community/outofthebox/events/huffman-prairie-aviation-history-society/.

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New Exhibits highlight Original Artifacts & More

We have two new exhibits of original historic artifacts currently on display in our reading room and a fresh exhibit on the first floor of Dunbar Library!

One new exhibit in our reading room highlights artifacts from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Records (MS-434). The exhibit includes objects important to the practice of Jewish traditions, including a Tzedukah, Mezuzzah, and Havadalah service. This exhibit was created by Nina Herzog, archives student assistant and Public History graduate student.

Jewish artifacts exhibit, April 2016

Jewish artifacts exhibit, April 2016

 

The second exhibit of original materials centers on veterans, including items from the Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Among the items in this exhibit are several original medals, ribbons, and pins awarded to Lt. General Frank Maxwell Andrews (MS-440). The exhibit also includes items from the American Red Cross, Dayton Area Chapter Records (MS-121); Alice Carr Papers (MS-135); Oscar Ladley Papers (MS-138); and Seth Furnas WWII Papers (SC-107). This exhibit was created by our Lauren Lyon, undergraduate intern, with some help from our student assistants Andrew Clinard and Sarah Allison.

Veterans materials exhibit, April 2016

Veterans materials exhibit, April 2016

Detail of Andrews awards, April 2016

Detail of Andrews awards, April 2016

These exhibits include some of the comparatively few three-dimensional artifacts in our holdings, as we manuscript archives do not typically collect set out to collect objects. Archives focus primarily on documents, while artifacts are generally the domain of museums.

Our intern Lauren also worked with Dawne on creating a refreshed edition of our Wright School of Aviation and Exhibition Team exhibit, which was installed on the first floor of the Dunbar Library earlier this month.

Lauren Lyon with the Wright School of Aviation and Exhibition Team exhibit, April 2016

Lauren Lyon with the Wright School of Aviation and Exhibition Team exhibit, April 2016

Wright School of Aviation and Exhibition Team exhibit, April 2016

Wright School of Aviation and Exhibition Team exhibit, April 2016

We hope you’ll stop by the Dunbar Library sometime soon to visit us and have a look at these and more exhibits!

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