Dale Huffman visits the Archives

We had a special guest in the Archives today:  Dayton Daily News columnist and local legend Dale Huffman.

Dale Huffman, seated right, with Special Collections & Archives staff, July 9, 2014.

Dale Huffman, seated right, with Special Collections & Archives staff, July 9, 2014.

Mr. Huffman will be the keynote speaker at our 5th annual Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News event next Friday, July 18. Guests at this free event will be able to meet and mingle with Dale, listen to him tell stories from his more than 40 years as a reporter, and enjoy exhibits and refreshments.

Dale shared a few of his stories with us today — about reporting on the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 and (on a lighter note) why he never kept a beard for very long. We’re looking forward to hearing more next week, and we hope you’ll join us! (Learn more about our Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News event and register online.)

Dale with a beard, undated

Dale with a beard, undated

In case you are wondering what Dale looked like with a beard, here’s a photo from his collection to illustrate:

We’re excited to announce that Mr. Huffman recently donated his collection to Special Collections & Archives. The collection includes over 75 linear feet of photographs, articles, awards, correspondence, notes, scrapbooks, and other materials from Dale’s news reporting career, as well as his many community activities.

We have selected several dozen photographs from Mr. Huffman’s collection for an exhibit to accompany the Living Legends event next week. Here is just a small sampling — there’s much, much more where these came from! (Click on an image to enlarge it.)

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Officers Hospital Update

In a July 8, 1864, letter to his mother, William reports that he is doing better, but in unlikely to be ready for duty for some time.  He writes about taking the water-cure when he gets home and trying to get back some of the health he has lost during the past three years.  He also reports that Nashville is a beautiful place, but very hot.  Finally, he notes that he has not heard from Robert Patterson, but believes he is doing well.  (Note:  A portion of the letter is missing)

Transcript of William Patterson letter, July 8, 1864.

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Upcoming Event: Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society Meeting on July 7, 2014

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society will take place this coming Monday, July 7, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

At this month’s meeting, Sarah Rickman will premiere a new short documentary Dorothy Scott, an Original, and discuss her book Flight From Fear (view PDF flyer).

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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