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Photographs are a window on the past: favorite historic images of 2017
 There’s no better window on the past than Dayton’s local photo archives. Each image I’ve come across reminds me of how rich our history is. Here are a handful of my favorite photos published in 2017: A group of girls wearing identical dresses and ribbons in their hair wait to go on stage with the Inland Children’s...

Posted: 19 days ago

There’s no better window on the past than Dayton’s local photo archives. Each image I’ve come across reminds me of how rich our history is. Here are a handful of my favorite photos published in 2017: A group of girls wearing identical dresses and ribbons in their hair wait to go on stage with the Inland Children’s...
100 years ago in Dayton: The news headlines that impacted Dayton in 1917
 As the Gem City rang in a new year a century ago, the Dayton Daily News looked back at the events that made news in 1917.  The United States had entered into World War I and many of the notable dates were influenced by the hostilities.  Listed by the newspaper in chronological order under the headline, “IMPORTANT EVENTS IN...

Posted: 22 days ago

As the Gem City rang in a new year a century ago, the Dayton Daily News looked back at the events that made news in 1917.  The United States had entered into World War I and many of the notable dates were influenced by the hostilities.  Listed by the newspaper in chronological order under the headline, “IMPORTANT EVENTS IN...
How many people will be on the planet this New Year’s Day?
 The population of the United States is projected to be 326,971,407 on New Year’s Day. That’s 2,314,238 more people than last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  The agency reports that during the first month of 2018 the U.S. will experience one birth every 8 seconds and one death every 10 seconds.  As for the...

Posted: 22 days ago

The population of the United States is projected to be 326,971,407 on New Year’s Day. That’s 2,314,238 more people than last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  The agency reports that during the first month of 2018 the U.S. will experience one birth every 8 seconds and one death every 10 seconds.  As for the...
Then & Now: From brick buildings on a hilltop to sprawling downtown hospital 
 A collection of brick buildings dedicated on a hill more than 125 years ago is now the site of Miami Valley Hospital.  The start of the sprawling campus, originally named Protestant Deaconess Hospital, first opened in a private home in downtown Dayton, the Adam Pritz residence, at 7 E. Fourth St.  Within a few years, the home was...

Posted: 23 days ago

A collection of brick buildings dedicated on a hill more than 125 years ago is now the site of Miami Valley Hospital.  The start of the sprawling campus, originally named Protestant Deaconess Hospital, first opened in a private home in downtown Dayton, the Adam Pritz residence, at 7 E. Fourth St.  Within a few years, the home was...
Yellow Springs ball drop one of region’s oldest new year celebrations
 One of the region’s oldest New Year’s Eve celebrations began as 1980 rolled into 1981.  Prentice Tomas, a Yellow Springs resident, organized the Times Square, Yellow Springs Committee to provide a safe way for village residents to celebrate the new year together. While the inaugural celebration didn’t have an official...

Posted: 25 days ago

One of the region’s oldest New Year’s Eve celebrations began as 1980 rolled into 1981.  Prentice Tomas, a Yellow Springs resident, organized the Times Square, Yellow Springs Committee to provide a safe way for village residents to celebrate the new year together. While the inaugural celebration didn’t have an official...
Dayton’s Christmas cheer is captured in these vintage photographs
 The joy and good cheer of the Christmas season in Dayton has been captured in vintage photographs.  Here are three things to know about the city’s love of the season:  1. Flying reindeer. Santa Claus, pulled by 7 pairs of reindeer, flew across the side of the Rike’s department store building. At night the scene was illuminated...

Posted: 30 days ago

The joy and good cheer of the Christmas season in Dayton has been captured in vintage photographs.  Here are three things to know about the city’s love of the season:  1. Flying reindeer. Santa Claus, pulled by 7 pairs of reindeer, flew across the side of the Rike’s department store building. At night the scene was illuminated...
Vintage photos capture joy and nostalgia of the Christmas season
 The joy and good cheer of the Christmas season in Dayton has been captured in vintage photographs. The black-and-white images are a reminder that the holiday has always united the community in goodwill. A view of Main Street, captured in 1962, shows the thoroughfare dressed up with large glowing candles attached to street lights. The red...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

The joy and good cheer of the Christmas season in Dayton has been captured in vintage photographs. The black-and-white images are a reminder that the holiday has always united the community in goodwill. A view of Main Street, captured in 1962, shows the thoroughfare dressed up with large glowing candles attached to street lights. The red...
Three books that will help you get your local history fix (and they make great gifts!)
 Looking for a good book?  Three local history books published this year would make a great holiday gift for  anyone on your list.  “God Is Merciful, The Colorful Career of John E. Egan” tells the story of a Dayton attorney who represented a “who’s who of American’s most wanted.”  The book...

11:00 AM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Looking for a good book?  Three local history books published this year would make a great holiday gift for anyone on your list.  “God Is Merciful, The Colorful Career of John E. Egan” tells the story of a Dayton attorney who represented a “who’s who of American’s most wanted.”  The book...
Who was Marvallous Keene, the man executed for the 1992 ‘Christmas killings’?
 It’s been 25 years since Dayton’s worst murder spree, the 1992 “Christmas killings.”  The three days from Dec. 24-26 left six people dead and ended with the arrest of Marvallous Keene and three accomplices.  All were convicted for murder, but Keene was the only one who received the death penalty.  Here...

11:00 AM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

It’s been 25 years since Dayton’s worst murder spree, the 1992 “Christmas killings.”  The three days from Dec. 24-26 left six people dead and ended with the arrest of Marvallous Keene and three accomplices.  All were convicted for murder, but Keene was the only one who received the death penalty.  Here...
25 years after Christmas murder spree: ‘It will never be forgotten’
 For Rhonda Gullette, the meaning of Christmas was forever changed 25 years ago. “I don’t really celebrate the holidays like other people,” said Gullette, whose 18-year-old sister Danita was one of six people shot and killed over three days around Christmas in 1992. “I go back in my mind and I think about the day I...

11:00 AM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

For Rhonda Gullette, the meaning of Christmas was forever changed 25 years ago. “I don’t really celebrate the holidays like other people,” said Gullette, whose 18-year-old sister Danita was one of six people shot and killed over three days around Christmas in 1992. “I go back in my mind and I think about the day I...
The notorious ‘Christmas killings’ of 1992: Map and timeline
 From Dec. 24-26, 1992, six people were killed and two were injured in one of the bloodiest killing sprees in Dayton’s history, which has become known as the “Christmas killings.” Four people were convicted of the killings: • Marvallous Keene, 19 (at the time), who was later executed • Heather Nicole...

5:01 AM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

From Dec. 24-26, 1992, six people were killed and two were injured in one of the bloodiest killing sprees in Dayton’s history, which has become known as the “Christmas killings.” Four people were convicted of the killings: • Marvallous Keene, 19 (at the time), who was later executed • Heather Nicole...
The story of the sisters who created the famous Dayton Ballet
 Today’s Dayton Ballet took its first steps when two sisters pushed aside their living room furniture to make room for young performers.  Josephine Schwarz and her older sister, Hermene, first mesmerized by dance in 1910, went on to found what would become the Dayton Ballet School and the Dayton Ballet.  Here are 3 things to...

5:06 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Today’s Dayton Ballet took its first steps when two sisters pushed aside their living room furniture to make room for young performers.  Josephine Schwarz and her older sister, Hermene, first mesmerized by dance in 1910, went on to found what would become the Dayton Ballet School and the Dayton Ballet.  Here are 3 things to...
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