Huffman Prairie Aviation Historical Society Meeting, April 1, 2019, 7pm

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation Historical Society will take place on Monday, April 1, at 7:00pm. All are welcome!

Frank Alfter will present “Anatomy of a Shootdown.”

Mr. Alfter will share the story of his father’s World War II experience as a tail gunner with the 545th Bomb Squadron, 384th Bomb Group. On April 13, 1944, his father’s B-17 was shot down while on a mission, his 23rd, to Schweinfurt, Germany. The pilot, navigator and his father were captured and spent 13 months as prisoners of war.

The program will be held at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

For questions about the event, please call 937-775-2092 or email archives@www.libraries.wright.edu.

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New Collection: Stephen Quick Old Greencastle Cemetery Gravestone Photographs

We are pleased to share that the new collection, Stephen Quick Old Greencastle Cemetery Gravestone Photographs (SC-324), is now open for research.

The collection was created by local Boy Scout Stephen Quick as his Eagle Scout service project. From November 2018 to February 2019, Quick and a team of volunteers combed the cemetery to digitally photograph all surviving, visible gravestones.

Volunteers photographing gravestones in Old Greencastle Cemtery (photo submitted by Stephen Quick, used with permission)

Volunteers photographing gravestones in Old Greencastle Cemtery (photo submitted by Stephen Quick, used with permission)

The collection, available in electronic format only, is arranged alphabetically according to the last name of the deceased person. (All available tombstone photographs are listed alphabetically by name in the collection finding aid.) The earliest gravestone photographed as part of this project is for Elizabeth Fogleson, who died in 1853.

Old Greencastle Cemetery is located on the east side of South Broadway Street, between Miami Chapel Road and Noble Avenue, in Dayton. It is most likely the oldest surviving cemetery in Dayton. Burials at the site began about 1849, when Simon McClure donated three acres of land to Henry Shoup to build a church and burial ground.

Researchers interested in this collection may also want to take a look at our Harrison Township Cemetery Association / Greencastle Cemetery Records (MS-366), which contains handwritten and typed documents of burial plots and grave records,
maps, financial reports and receipts, deeds, ledgers, meeting minutes, photographs, and
correspondence.

For more information about access to these and any of our collections, please visit our web site, fill out our online inquiry form, or call us at 937-775-2092.

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New and Updated Collections Available for Research, March 2019

We have new manuscript collections available for research!  Click on the links to view the complete online (PDF) finding aids.

The following new collections were recently arranged and described and are now available for research:

Additional materials were recently processed into the following existing collections, so you might want to take another look at them:

New, improved, and/or revised finding aids are now available for:

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