Save the Date: Wright Brothers Aero Carnival, Sept. 10, 2016

We hope to see you this Fall at the Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival on Saturday, September 10, 2016!   We will be there with an exhibit about the Wright Factory.  More info on the carnival:

Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival, September 10, 2016

Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival, September 10, 2016

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and Dayton’s aviation legacy at the 2016 Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival on Saturday, September 10 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Discover the flying field where Wilbur and Orville Wright developed the world’s first practical airplane. Experience an event where aviation past, present and future meet, and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere of a carnival. See historical displays and silent films at the Aero Carnival that provide a glimpse back into the early days of flight. Try your hand at flying a virtual Wright Flyer in the simulator and take part in other activities throughout the day. See airplanes on display like the Wright Model B replica, and learn about the history of flight.

The Huffman Prairie Flying Field in located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at Gate 16A off of State Route 444. This event is sponsored by Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

For more information contact the National Park Service at 937-225-7705
or go online at This event is free and open to the public.

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Lorenz Publishing Company’s Female Editor

By Sarah Allison, archives student worker & Public History graduate student

The Tabernacle Series published by Lorenz (MS-301, Box 7)

The Tabernacle Series published by Lorenz (MS-301, Box 7)

The Lorenz Publishing Company has been a Dayton staple since its creation in 1890 by the founder, E.S. Lorenz. The idea for his own publishing company came in 1889 when he had compiled a hymnal for the United Brethren Publishing House located in downtown Dayton.

In the late 1890’s the company created a subscription magazine named The Organist that is still published 118 years later along with two other publications that came in the 1930’s and the 1960’s.

The Lorenz Publishing Company focuses on vocal and instrumental sacred music for church choirs, organists and hand bell choirs.

The story of a man who started the company in 1890 has now followed five generations. This article will focus on Ellen Jane Lorenz who is the third generation of the family’s name for the company.

Ellen Jane Lorenz had always been passionate for music and was a remarkable woman. The Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter Collection (MS-301) was donated by the Women’s Literary Club of Dayton, as she was an important member of their society.

This collection includes musical compositions, lectures and workshop materials on hymnology and hand bell choirs. Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter born in 1907 and attended Wellesley College, graduating with a degree in music, later teaching music and studying musical composition in Paris, France.

In 1932 she joined the family company as a cub editor and later became editor-in-chief of the company in 1940. Ellen Jane Lorenz held this position until 1963 and during her time as EIC she was an expert in hand bells music.

Earning a PhD at 71 in music she wrote her dissertation on camp spirituals. Later she taught at United Trinity Seminary in Dayton course on Sacred Music and summer courses at Seattle Pacific University on Hand bell Ringing and Hymnology.

She wrote under three pseudonyms during her career: Ellen Jane Lorenz, Allen James, and Rosemary Handler. Later involving herself with the Women’s Literacy Club of Dayton she was a creative writer and playwright. She wrote music until her death in 1996.

The Lorenz Publishing Company is still a leader in choral music publication and is located in downtown Dayton.

For more information, see MS-301: Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter Collection. All images used in this post are from MS-301, Box 7, Files 1-3.

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Dan Patterson to speak at Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society, Aug. 1

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society will take place on Monday, August 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome!

At this month’s meeting, Dan Patterson will speak about Dayton, Aviation and the Center of the Compass (view PDF flyer).

Traveling from Dayton to Europe means traveling through the Dayton International Airport. That puts two of the latest projects Dan is working on together in experiences and as new histories, which will become a film, a new book and lots of good things to talk about.

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 :

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