Category Archives: Local History

Poems from the Past in Honor of National Poetry Month: Dayton’s Own Paul Laurence Dunbar

Voices from the past speak to us through autograph albums, letters, and diaries. In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ll be sharing poems and sayings found in our collections. In Honor of Spring  Poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar  Born in … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace: Milton Wright, November 17, 1828-April 3, 1917

One hundred years ago today, Milton Wright, father of Wilbur and Orville Wright, died in his sleep at Hawthorn Hill, the family home he shared with his son Orville and daughter Katharine. He was 88. Milton’s passing was described in … Continue reading

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April 2, 1917: the Miami Valley Prepares for War

On the evening of April 2, 1917, one hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson addressed a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of war against Germany. The Senate and House passed the resolution in the following days with Wilson signing … Continue reading

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