Join the Oakwood Historical Society and Wright Memorial Public Library for entertainment and education. Whether you are a history buff or just interested in learning more about the place you live, the Far Hills Speaker Series has something new for everyone.
2021 Events: (Follow the links to register)
February 21, 2021 - Chocolate and Esther Price - The iconic gold foil box with the red ribbon is well known in the Dayton region, but how and where did Esther Price’s candy make its start? Presented by Jim Revelos, Quality Manager for Esther Price Candies.
March 21, 2021 - The Little Man Who Wasn’t There: In Search of Al Fouts – Join Dayton attorney and author, David Greer, to learn about Al Fouts. Described in a Dayton Daily News article as “a little man who cast a deep shadow in downtown Dayton,” Fouts was a leader of the criminal underworld.
April 18, 2021 - The Dean, Dillinger and Dayton Ohio: Legend – Lore – Legacy – Author Stephen C. Grismer will introduce gangsters and mobsters with Greater Dayton connections.
September 19, 2021 - Dayton Beer: A History of Brewing in the Miami Valley - Author Timothy R. Gaffney will talk about the history of beer brewing in the Miami Valley.
October 17, 2021 - History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder - Angie Hoschouer is the Manager of Development and Marketing at Woodland Cemetery, Arboretum and Foundation will share stories on the darker side of life in Dayton's past.
November 21, 2021 - Oakwood's First Residents - Bill Kennedy is the Regional Coordinator for the Eastern Region of the Ohio History Connection. As an archaeologist, Bill is also a specialist in pre-contact native peoples of Ohio and will discuss the early native settlers that once lived in the Oakwood region.
Inside Fifth and Ludlow: Creating a Podcast about Local History - Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Fifth and Ludlow by George Drake, Jr., a podcast story of 1920s Dayton, inspired by a mysterious letter found beneath a bathtub.
The Oakwood Street Railway - The 125th anniversary of the conversion of the Oakwood Street Railway conversion from horse to electric on May 16, 1895 is the centerpiece of this interesting exploration of the history of transportation in Oakwood.
Grand Eccentrics: When Dayton Was America's Silicon Valley - Author Mark Bernstein will discussion the various towering figures of Dayton history covered in his book.
The Day Lincoln Spoke in Dayton Come discover what it was like to hear Abraham Lincoln on his visit to Dayton in 1859. Please join Wright Library and the Oakwood Historical Society at this presentation with Jim Crabtree as Lincoln.
Jack Egan, Dayton Lawyer - A Short History of Dayton's Dark Side from 1899 to 1936 Prominent defense attorney for a bewildering assortment of bank robbers, bootleggers, hit men, con men, and gangsters from 1900 until his death in 1936. Presented by David Greer, Esq.
Railway Transportation and the Rise of the South Dayton Suburbs – How the earliest suburban plats to the south of Dayton developed under the influence of steam and electric-powered railways. Presented by David Schmidt.
Street Names of Dayton – The men and women whose streets bear their name and how they contributed to the history of Dayton. Presented by Angie Hoschouer.
The Classic Architecture of Oakwood – Learn about some of Oakwood's well-preserved homes and public buildings representing the best of 20th century architecture in America. Presented by Mark W. Risley.
Fall 2018 WWII Series
Dayton Code Breakers – Top-secret Navy project during WWII, underway to build a decoding machine, right here in NCR Building 26. Learn about the success of the WAVES and Joseph Desch in this remarkable story. Presented by Jim Charters.
Polonium in the Playhouse – An intriguing story of secret chemical production for the atomic bomb. Learn about how the Talbot Family's "Runnymede Playhouse" in Oakwood served as a top-secret laboratory where the triggering mechanisms for the atomic bombs were developed. The author of the book Polonium in the Playhouse, Linda Carrick Thomas, will be presenting.
The Russian Spy in the Dayton Manhattan Project – Learn about George Koval: American-born spy who gave secrets of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. Presented by Dr. Don Sullenger, who worked at Mound Laboratories from July 1962 until August 1992.