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Far Hills Speaker Series: The Great Flood of 1913

The Oakwood Historical SocietyThe Oakwood Historical Society in partnership with the Library is pleased to present this edition of the Far Hills Speaker Series- The Great Flood of 1913 by Mark Risley. This detailed presentation explores Dayton before the flood, the causes of the flood, the rescue/recovery efforts and the long-term results of the area's response.

Presented by Mark Risley, past President of the Oakwood Historical Society. Risley has been on the board of The Oakwood Historical Society since 2006.. He is past co-chair of the former Oakwood Preservation Trust and has also served on the steering committee for events commemorating the centennial of Dayton’s Great Flood of 1913. He is a retired airline flight operations coordinator, a history advocate and is involved in local independent film production.
 

Date: 
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 2:00pm
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Far Hills Speaker Series: History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder

The Oakwood Historical SocietyThe Oakwood Historical Society in partnership with the Library is pleased to present this devious edition of the Far Hills Speaker Series- History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder by Woodland Cemetery Manager of Development and Marketing, Angelina Hoschouer.

This presentation will keep you on the edge of your seat as tales of Dayton’s own bank robbers, counterfeiters and murderers are told. Who confessed on their deathbed of murdering pretty 18 year old Christine Kett? Did Rose Shafor really dress up as a man to help her lover commit a crime? Who killed Julius Kruse? And was the “Cincinnati Ripper” living in Dayton? These stories and more are told in this chilling presentation. 

Angelina Hoschouer was a seven year volunteer before becoming employed at Woodland Cemetary working in several areas including marketing, historical research and actor portrayal. She has an extensive background in genealogical research and has traced her biological family back to the 1700's in Ireland. She is a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society with status as a First Family of Ohio, First Family of Greene County and a member of the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio.  

 

Date: 
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 2:00pm
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Far Hills Speaker Series: Dayton Inventions

The Oakwood Historical Society in partnership with the library is pleased to present another edition of the Far Hills Speaker Series- Dayton Inventions presented by Jim Charters. Inventors from Dayton are responsible for a wide range of ideas that have changed the world. At one time Dayton was known as the City of a Thousand Factories. James Ritty’s invention of the cash register led to NCR. Kettering’s automobile self-starter led to Delco. Thomas Midgley’s leaded gasoline led (no pun intended) to Ethyl Corporation. And the Wright Brothers’ airplane…well that led to nearly everything else. Many creative minds from Dayton shaped the world we live in today. 

Jim Charters is a spokesperson for Dayton History and has presented to various organizations about significant historical events that took place in the Dayton area or significant individuals from the area that made major contributions for the benefit of mankind.  He volunteers as an interpretive guide at Carillon Park and Hawthorn Hill where he received Carillon Park’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award. Charters was born in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Chaminade High School and Ashford University. 
 

Date: 
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 2:00pm
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Far Hills Speaker Series: The Dayton Flight Factory

The Oakwood Historical SocietyThe Oakwood Historical Society in partnership with the library is pleased to present another edition of the Far Hills Speaker Series- The Dayton Flight Factory: The Wright Brothers and the Birth of Aviation. Dayton, Ohio was the hometown of the Wright brothers and the place where they transformed childhood curiosity into world-changing science, technology and industry. Dayton is where they invented, developed and commercialized the airplane. Today, you can stroll the Wright brothers’ neighborhood, see the original 1905 Wright Flyer III and walk the prairie where they flew it. A project to restore the Wright brothers’ factory—the first American factory built to produce airplanes—will complete the picture. The Dayton Flight Factory uses historical research and today’s aviation heritage sites to retell the story of the Wright brothers from a hometown perspective. 

The Dayton Flight Factory will be presented by writer and author Timothy R. Gaffney.Gaffney was born in Dayton in 1951 and has lived in the region most of his life. Gaffney has worked for the Piqua Daily Call, the Kettering-Oakwood Times and the Dayton Daily News, where he was the aerospace and defense writer for twenty-one years until his retirement in 2006. He is the author of fifteen books about aviation, space, exploration and science, mainly for children and young adults. He is director of communications for the nonprofit National Aviation Heritage Alliance and a volunteer trustee of the United States Air and Trade Show Inc. and Wright “B” Flyer, Inc. 

Date: 
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 2:00pm
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