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Miami Valley StoryCorps interviews are the result of WYSO’s collaboration with StoryCorps, the national oral history collection project that visited Dayton in the spring of 2010 and 2014. All the Miami Valley StoryCorps segments consist of interviews between two local residents.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Fred Bartenstein & Dorothy Harback

Dorothy Harback and Fred Bartenstein
Dorothy Harback and Fred Bartenstein

“There was a great feeling of loss in the community and that was the context in which tearing down the Victory Theater seemed like one more nail in the coffin of a dying city.”

The Victoria Theater in downtown Dayton has survived two fires and a flood. But in the early 1970's an economic downturn threatened the theater. Citizens rallied to Save The Victory, as it was known at the time. Yellow Springs resident Fred Bartenstein and Dorothy Harback of Lebanon remember how the community pulled together to save the Victoria Theater from demolition.

This interview was edited by WYSO Volunteer Sehvilla Mann. To find out more about volunteering at WYSO, click here.

(Originally broadcast December 1, 2010)