Join the Oakwood Historical Society and Wright Public Library for a year 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.
January 21 - 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.
February 18 - 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.
March 18 - 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.
April 8 - Jack Egan, Dayton Lawyer - A Short History of Dayton's Dark Side from 1899 to 1936. This a repeat of the January 21 presentation. 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.
April 15 - 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 WWII Series:
September 16 - 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.
October 21 - Oakwood and the Bomb – 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. Presented by Mark W. Risley drawing on Linda Carrick Thomas' book Polonium in the Playhouse.
November 18 - 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 Bob Bowman.