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This August marks the 3rd annual Dayton Mini Maker Faire. Last year’s event drew several thousand visitors.  The event is a two-day celebration of people who, as you may have heard - know how to make some really cool stuff. To get the details on this year’s event we spoke with  Emily and Josh Cory of Make It Dayton - the group behind the event. First they tell us how the maker fair started.

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Dayton History's Rail Fest is a two day, family-friendly event.
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Dayton History’s Rail Fest returns to Carillon Historical Park June 23, 2018.  The two-day event is billed as a “family fun event featuring free miniature train rides, live steam engines, model train displays, historical displays, train merchandise, and rail vendors,” among its attractions.

Festival co-chair David Oroszia and says railways were important to the development of the Miami Valley and many other cities around the country.

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Since 2005, when Carillon Historical Park merged with the Montgomery County Historical Society to form Dayton History, the organization has been in high-gear uncovering and promoting Dayton’s past.

The 'Movie Memphis Belle' appearing this week at Grimes Field airbase in Urbana, Ohio.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

An assortment of WWII-era planes took to the skies above Dayton Wednesday, as the National Museum of the United States Air Force unveiled its latest exhibit. The show includes the restored B-17 bomber called The Memphis Belle. The infamous plane was the first to complete 25 missions over Europe during the Second World War. The plane and its missions were the subject of a documentary, and a feature film.

The renovated B-17 used in the 1990 film the movie, also called Memphis Belle, was part of the early morning flyover above the museum.

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A Miamisburg site that played a big role in nuclear history will soon be open to the public. It’s the home of the former Mound Laboratories - known to some in the Miami Valley for its important role in developing the first atomic bomb. Beginning this month the Cold War-era Mound will also house a new Dayton History museum. Organizers hope it will showcase this critical but often controversial chapter of American history.

At the height of operations after World War II, Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg employed around 2,500 workers.

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On Saturday, February 24th at Memorial Hall, Dayton History once again hosts its annual Fight Night fundraiser. Dayton locals will battle it out in the boxing ring and audience goers are encouraged to dress for the occasion in 1920's and 30's garb.

To get the details on this year’s event WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Jeff Brown, founder of the Brown Institute of Martial Arts in Centerville. He’s been training the athletes for their fights. And, joining us in the conversation this year, Savannah Winfield with Dayton History.

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The Concours d'Elegance is Dayton History's largest fundraiser of the year. The annual event brings in antique automobile owners from near and far. This week, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with just two of the people involved in organizing and promoting the event, Skip Peterson, the board chair for Concours, and Lauryn Bayliff, Director of Community Development.

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Next week is round two of Dayton History and Carillon Park’s very successful Dayton Mini Maker Faire. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 2,500 people.  The event is a two-day celebration of people who - you guessed it, know how to make stuff. Some 90 exhibitors will feature live demonstrations and hands-on learning activities in robotics, rocketry, 3D printing, and more.

To talk hear about this, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Josh Cory of Make It Dayton - the group behind the event, and Alex Heckman, director of operations at Dayton History.

Longtown's restoration is underway.
Jerry Kenney

In southwest Ohio, about a mile from the Indiana state line, a long-forgotten town with a special place in African American history is struggling to be reborn.

Longtown was established nearly 200 years ago in what is now Greenville. The settlement grew into a thriving mixed-race community and a major stop on the Underground Railroad.

Now, descendants of those pioneering settlers are working to bring Longtown back to life for others to experience.

Longtown’s History

Stephen Wright Holds a picture of Bishop Milton Wright who lived the last years of his life at Hawthorn Hill with his sons, the Wright Brothers.
Jerry Kenney

On Sunday April 23rd, Dayton History will once again open the doors to Hawthorne Hill. The large house in Oakwood was once home to the Wright brothers. The annual Wright at Home open house will allow visitors to step back in time and live the history of Dayton’s most famous family.

 

Prominently featured at this year’s event will be stories about the Wright brothers' father, Bishop Milton Wright, who died nearly 100 years ago.  

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