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B-1 Bomber

December 2, 2014
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B-1 Bomber

The history of aviation, as well as the local history of the Miami Valley, are among our major collecting areas here at Wright State University Libraries Special Collections & Archives. And with the important role that aviation has played in the Miami Valley’s history—from the Wright Brothers to current aerospace research and development—it’s no...
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Deeds Carillon

September 26, 2014
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Deeds Carillon

The Deeds Carillon, for which Carillon Park was named, was built in 1942, at the request of Col. Edward A. Deeds and his wife Edith Wharton Deeds, to commemorate the Deeds family. Each bell was inscribed with the name of a Deeds family member. There were originally 23 bells; now there are 57. The...
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Dale Huffman draws crowd for Living Legends on July 18

July 22, 2014
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Dale Huffman draws crowd for Living Legends on July 18

A crowd of approximately 150 people attended our fifth annual Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News Archive lecture on Friday, July 18, 2014. This year’s honoree was DDN columnist Dale Huffman, who has been sharing good news and happy stories from around Dayton since 1968. He has written for the Dayton Daily News for over 40 years, including...
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Dale Huffman to speak at Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News on July 18

July 9, 2014
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Dale Huffman to speak at Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News on July 18

Please join us for the 5th Annual Living Legends of the Dayton Daily News Archive lecture, featuring Dayton Daily News columnist Dale Huffman, on Friday, July 18, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. This event is free & open to the public and will take place on the 4th floor of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library. Doors open...
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McCook Field

May 13, 2014
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McCook Field

McCook Field, named for Civil War General Alexander McDowell McCook (of the “Fighting McCooks”) who once owned a portion of the land on which it was situated, was established in October 1917. McCook Field was located just north of downtown Dayton, along the east side of the Great Miami River, west of Keowee and...
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1913 Flood Survivors that You Can See Anytime

March 25, 2014
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The Great Flood of March 1913 was probably the worst disaster in Dayton’s history. Hundreds of people died in Dayton alone, but many lived to tell their tales of hardship and devastation. You can hear some of these stories in our 1913 Flood Survivors Oral History collection, MS-296 (watch videos online in CORE Scholar). However,...
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Remembering John F. Kennedy

November 22, 2013
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Remembering John F. Kennedy

Fifty years ago today, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dallas, Texas. It has been one of the defining moments of national tragedy in our nation’s history that is etched into people’s memories. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 or...
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Dayton State Hospital

October 22, 2013
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Dayton State Hospital

In 1855, the Southern Ohio Lunatic Asylum opened on 50 acres at the southeast corner of Wayne and Wilmington streets in Dayton, a location then considered to be at the extreme edge of the city. The facility originally had 59 patients and an annual budget of $4,900. Over its first few decades, the facility...
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Local Pizza Restaurants

October 8, 2013
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Local Pizza Restaurants

October is National Pizza Month, so we thought it would be fun to highlight some local Dayton-based pizzerias. One of Dayton’s longest-running local pizza franchises is Cassano’s Pizza King restaurants.  Vic Cassano, Sr., and his mother-in-law Caroline “Mom” Donisi started the business in 1953. Mr. Cassano first sold his pizzas from a room adjoining...
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Fairmont High School

September 25, 2013
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Fairmont High School

Fairmont High School is located in Kettering, Ohio. Originally, education of children in the Kettering area was accomplished through the old Van Buren Township schools. (Van Buren Township no longer exists; it was engulfed entirely by Kettering and Oakwood.) In 1922, the old four-room schoolhouse was replaced by a newer building to accommodate population...
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