DDN and Dayton

The King and the Gem City — Elvis in Dayton

May 22, 2014
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The King and the Gem City — Elvis in Dayton

I recently had the opportunity to assist a patron from the Victoria Theatre who was at Special Collections and Archives doing research for an upcoming show, Million Dollar Quartet.  Part of the Premier Health’s Broadway Series at the Schuster Center, this show focuses on the night of December 4,...
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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...
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The University of Dayton Flyers, 1983-84

March 27, 2014
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The University of Dayton Flyers, 1983-84

The University of Dayton Flyers are back in the NCAA tournament this year and doing better than many expected.  They play the Stanford Cardinals  tonight (3/27/2014) at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN.  Here is a look back at the last time they made it this far in the...
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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...
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Donahue

March 4, 2014
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Donahue

Phil Donahue was born in Cleveland, OH, in 1935.  His show, aptly titled, The Phil Donahue Show, would change daytime television.  It premiered in Dayton in 1967 and ran for the next 29 years. The show introduced American daytime television audiences to a unique, new, daytime format and became...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Galloway Cabin and other Historic Homes in Xenia

August 21, 2013
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Galloway Cabin and other Historic Homes in Xenia

The Galloway cabin is one of the oldest structures in Greene County, Ohio—indeed, one of the oldest in the Miami Valley. The cabin was built around 1799, when James Galloway, Sr., brought his wife Rebecca and his five children (4 sons and 1 daughter, also named Rebecca) to Greene...
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