New Exhibit: Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley

Only 1 week until election day!

Not surprisingly, there have been a lot of fairly local visits recently by major candidates, as Ohio is typically an important “battleground” state.

This has long been the case, and consequently, there are many wonderful photographs in our Dayton Daily News Archive of U.S. Presidents (some of them still just “presidential hopefuls” at the time) visiting the Miami Valley on their campaign trail.

We have featured a selection of these in an exhibit this semester: Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley. You can see this exhibit in the lobby of Dunbar Library, on either side of the center stairwell.

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 1

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 1

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 2

Presidential Visits to the Miami Valley, 2016, side 2

Here are some close-ups of a few photographs from the exhibit:

Huge crowd on 3rd and Main to hear John F. Kennedy speak at the Old Courthouse, Oct 18, 1960

Huge crowd on 3rd and Main to hear John F. Kennedy speak at the Old Courthouse, Oct 18, 1960

The Dick Nixon Special arrives in Bellefontaine, 1953

The Dick Nixon Special arrives in Bellefontaine, 1953

Truman speaking in Bellefontaine, undated

Truman speaking in Bellefontaine, undated

George H. W. Bush gives two thumbs up to the enthusiastic crowd at Hobart Arena in Troy, Oct. 1988

George H. W. Bush gives two thumbs up to the enthusiastic crowd at Hobart Arena in Troy, Oct. 1988

Some of the photographs in the exhibit are also featured in posts on our Dayton Daily News Archive blog by searching for presidents.

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Harry Haskell delights crowd with Maiden Flight lecture

We were so pleased to have Harry Haskell present a lecture last Tuesday about his new book, Maiden Flight, a fictionalized narrative of the love story between the Wright Brothers’ sister, Katharine Wright, and Harry’s grandfather Henry J. Haskell.

Maiden Flight (Academy Chicago, an imprint of Chicago Review Press; October 1, 2016) is based on personal letters, newspaper reports, and other documents of the period—in particular, Katharine’s lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Harry. Cast in the form of three interwoven first-person “memoirs,” imaginatively reconstructed by the author, Maiden Flight allows Katharine to step outside of Wilbur and Orville’s shadow. Haskell sheds new light on the central role she played in their private lives, as well as on her often misunderstood contribution to her brothers’ scientific work.

In his lecture, Haskell provided a lively sneak peek into what the novel promises. We laughed, we cried, and we blushed! Haskell shares a fascinating story about a strong, passionate, captivating woman, Katharine Wright.

In addition to the lecture, we enjoyed several special exhibits about Katharine Wright and Harry Haskell, from both Special Collections & Archives, as well as Harry Haskell’s personal collection. Furthermore, we are pleased to say that Haskell has graciously allowed us the temporary loan of the items he brought, and these can are presently on exhibit in our reading room.

Harry Haskell discussing Katharine's first flight (in France with Wilbur, 1909).

Harry Haskell discussing Katharine’s first flight (in France with Wilbur, 1909).

Harry Haskell

Harry Haskell

Original materials from the private collection of Harry Haskell

Original materials from the private collection of Harry Haskell

Katharine Wright exhibit

Katharine Wright exhibit

Katharine Wright's pressed flowers and report cards, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Katharine Wright’s pressed flowers and report cards, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Katharine Wright school books and photographs, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Katharine Wright school books and photographs, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Katharine Wright correspondence, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Katharine Wright correspondence, WSU Special Collections & Archives

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, with Harry Haskell, grandson of Katharine Wright's husband Harry Haskell

Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives, with Harry Haskell, grandson of Katharine Wright’s husband Harry Haskell

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Join us TONIGHT for Ghost Stories from the Archives!

Graduate students in HST 7700 Local History Research will be sharing local history ghost stories this evening in Room 441, Fourth Floor, Dunbar Library, 5 PM – 7 PM, TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 26.

Come and hear some tall tales, see a Civil War amputation kit, look at old funeral records and have a snack!

Drop in anytime between 5PM and 7PM.

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