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West Dayton Stories

West Dayton Stories

West Dayton Stories is a community-based story-telling project centered on the people and places of Dayton’s vibrant west side. WYSO brings together community producers to tell stories reflecting its proud history, current complexities, and future hopes.

When WYSO launched the Senior Voices series with the Dayton Metro Library and Rebuilding Together Dayton a few years ago, we connected with staff from CityWide Development Corporation. They knew there were important stories of strength and resilience yet to be told, and suggested we continue collecting stories from Dayton’s west side neighborhoods, especially those of elders living within the Germantown Street corridor.

After several years of discussions, the West Dayton Stories project was born. We met with civic groups and neighborhood activists at churches and libraries to come up with a plan. Eventually we brought together a creative, committed group of community producers to train during the winter and spring of 2020.

And then, as everyone knows, the pandemic hit.

But the project has continued, even though we aren’t able to meet and train and conduct interviews in person right now.

Meet our first WDS community producers. They begin by sharing thoughts on life, living, and community during the time of covid. In the months ahead, look for more commentaries and profiles that tell West Dayton Stories.

Jocelyn Robinson of the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices is the project director. Our theme music is “Inheritance,” written and performed by Dayton’s own Mariah J.

CityWide has been our partner on "West Dayton Stories," providing in-kind support through fundraising, community outreach, and relationship-building. WesBanco, Fifth Third, and the City of Dayton provided financial support.

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