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.
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 - 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.
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 Dr. Don Sullenger, who worked at Mound Laboratories from July 1962 until August 1992.
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.