Events for 2010:
REPORT ON 2010 RTHS
This end-of-year fundraiser was held in the beautifully decorated history center from 10-4 on Saturday, December 11th. Many different members worked for several weeks getting things ready. SERRV items, antiques and collectibles, and RTHS history gifts were arranged on tables set up on the main floor. The lower level housed ten eight-foot tables, full of new and gently used white elephant items donated by members and individually marked for sale at bargain prices.
The kitchen counters were laden with all kinds of member-donated holiday foods, prepackaged by the kitchen crew in clamshell containers and beautiful gift baskets for personal enjoyment or gifting.
Although the weather threatened, roads were clear on the day of the big event. (A snow storm came in the next day!) Greeters counted about 100 visitors. RTHS member David Macy traveled the longest distance to attend – from Toledo, Ohio. The fundraiser proved to be a great success, in spite of relatively low attendance. More than $2,000 was raised for the RTHS Building Fund. Thanks to everyone who worked during this event and/or gave cash contributions, took the time to make homemade goodies, and donated white elephant items. The Society especially appreciates the excellent news coverage in the Englewood Independent.
“The National Road Through Ohio”
JOIN US ON OCTOBER 16 FROM 2-4 P.M. FOR WHAT SHOULD BE A VERY
INTERESTING AND ENTERTAINING MUSICAL/LECTURE PRESENTATION
Cyndie Gerken, President of the Ohio National Road Association (ONRA),
and Sylvia Miller, Trustee of ONRA, will join forces to transport us
along the National Road from East to West across Ohio.
Cyndie had hoped to be signing copies of her new book about the National
Road in Ohio, but health issues caused its completion to be delayed. We
expect Cyndie to share some of the discoveries she has made while
working on her book. Her good friend Sylvia Miller also will be coming.
Miller (who spoke to our group in 2006 to help us celebrate the 200TH
anniversary of the National Road) undoubtedly will show her slides of
the National Road, strum her guitar, and sing us across the State. Come
and enjoy this rare combination of music and history!
REPORT: “The National Road Through Ohio” About thirty-five members and guests attended this program held at the RTHS History Center on October 16th, a beautiful and sunny fall afternoon.
The first to speak was author-to-be Cyndie Gerken, whose book about the National Road in Ohio is still a work-in-progress. She shared a few photos and some previously unknown stories, discovered while doing research for her book. One of Gerken’s stories came from a family whose farm was situated along the highway in eastern Ohio, near a limestone mile-marker. When the road was being widened decades ago, workmen pulled up the mile-marker much to the angst of family members. The farm owner asked if he could have the marker, but the foreman of the work crew said “no, the marker is going to a museum” – a story the family really did not believe at the time. Generations later, another family member was visiting the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and, lo and behold, there was that very same National Road mile-marker on display! The workmen had told the truth after all.
Entertainer and historian Sylvia Miller followed Cyndie’s presentation with a county-by-county trip from east to west along the National Road in Ohio. Miller had members and guests join in as the chorus, as she sang original songs about the building of the road. In addition to singing and playing her guitar as accompaniment, Miller also showed slides and played audio-tapes relating facts about numerous roadside inns and important events that took place along the early highway.
Following the history program, attendees retired to the lower level and enjoyed cider and donuts, compliments of the Englewood Meijer Store.
SECOND ANNIVERSARY GATHERING,
JULY 24TH FROM 2-5 P.M.
Help us celebrate
two years since the grand-opening of the Center. Music will be provided
by the "Community of Song" singers and there will be plenty of time to
view the Sinks photography exhibit and pick up your copies of the
Society's latest booklet and CD combo entitled, "The Life and
Photographs of Edwin C. Sinks." A potluck supper will mark the end the
day. Everyone wanting to attend the potluck should make an advance
reservation with the historical society, and let the refreshments crew
know what type of family style food item you will bring.
REPORT: Some seventy-five members and guests gathered at the RTHS
History Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 24th to celebrate the second
anniversary of the grand-opening of the Randolph Township Historical
Society’s community museum and research center. Members welcomed
visitors as they came in the door and handed them a program of the
afternoon’s activities. Many people brought with them homemade goodies,
which were quickly taken to the kitchen on the lower level to be kept
refrigerated or warmed for the carry-in dinner at 5:00 p.m. Guests
enjoyed viewing the many history displays while waiting for the
At about 3:00 p.m., President Glynn Marsh commented briefly about the
importance of the History Center in the community and thanked all
members for participating in and supporting the Society’s programs and
projects. Marsh then introduced the “Community of Song” singers who
performed twice at 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. This group of nine Brethren men
(including our own Vice-President Karl Schroeder) from the Southwestern
Brethren Church District, along with their female accompanist, presented
a program of sacred and secular music, which was enjoyed by everyone.
RTHS member Steve Lodge made a DVD of the program.
As the 5 o’-clock hour approached, all members and guests headed for the
lower level for a scrumptious meal of Kroger fried chicken and homemade
side dishes and desserts. There was much socializing afterwards.
PROGRAM FOR MAY 22 FROM 2-4 P.M.
“TAKES EVERYTHING IN SIGHT”
Preview and Dedication of the Edwin C. Sinks Photography Exhibit
Much of what we know about Englewood and the surrounding communities in
the early 1900s revolves around the images created by local photographer
and Randolph High School music teacher, Edwin C. Sinks. This exhibit, a
restrospective of Sinks life and work, will focus on his short but
productive forty years in Englewood, Ohio. Copies of Sinks’ most famous
photos such as the “Old Wooden Bridge over the Stillwater River," along
with many previously unseen images, will be on display. Come enjoy the
breadth of Sinks’ photographic achievements, learn about 1900s imaging
techniques, and see vintage cameras and picture processing equipment.
This special 2010 exhibit will continue at the RTHS History Center
throughout the summer. See SINKS on the Family Tree page for a more
complete genealogy of this family.
DID YOU KNOW? The newly painted mural at the corner of Routes 40/48 in
Englewood is based on this Edwin C. Sinks photo.
REPORT: While waiting for Sinks relatives to arrive, speaker Sue
Cummings gave a brief overview of the history of photography. At about
2:20 p.m. she began her presentation, entitled "Takes Everything in
Sight" (based on the printed message on Edwin C. Sinks’ business card).
Cummings covered all aspects of Sinks life during his brief forty years
in Randolph Township. More than fifty slides (with maps, genealogical
information, family photos, professional advertisements, and Sinks own
early 1900s professional photographs of local people, sites, roads,
streetscapes, school events, floods and fires) kept members, Sinks
relatives, and guests entertained for about seventy-five minutes.
Visitors took time to view the Sinks exhibits and enjoy refreshments
afterwards. Everyone was amazed at the breadth of subject matter, and
quality of Sinks photographs. At the close of the program, attendees <
enjoyed refreshments on the lower level.
NOTE: Kay Dawson has transcribed Cummings’ tape-recorded talk on local
photographer Edwin Sinks, and the resulting hard-copy booklet, along
with a CD containing slides used in the talk, will be available for
purchase in late July. We hope those who attended the talk will want to
hear and see the slides again, and, for those who could not come to the
original program, here is your chance to learn what you missed!
PROGRAM FOR APRIL 17 FROM 2-4 P.M.
“DAYTON’S RICH GYPSY HERITAGE”
Speaker – Leon Bey
Come join us for this interesting Saturday afternoon program presented
by well-known Dayton historian, Leon Bey. Learn about the gypsy way of
life in this part of Ohio, through colorful slides and music. Gypsies
were known to have lived and camped in this part of Randolph Township.
Members of the Stanley and Mumma families were part of the local tribe.
A gypsy wedding was reported in an article in the Dayton Journal Herald,
dated April 1896:
“The village of Harrisburg and all of that territory in Stillwater Woods
[today's Englewood MetroPark] are now watching the weird matrimonial
ceremonies of tribes of Turkish and French gypsies that have assembled
in the Woods on the hill near Patty’s Falls, east of the river. One of
the princes of the Stanley tribe is to be married . . . . Three pigs
were butchered, a hundred fat hens dressed, 200 loaves of bread cut and
spread, a keg of old rye and five kegs of lager tapped. All the farmers
and their families were invited to join in the feast and the festivities.”
Delicious refreshments will be served following the RTHS program, but no
kegs will be tapped!
REPORT: This illustrated talk, by popular Dayton historian Leon Bey, was
well-attended. About thirty RTHS members plus other followers of Bey’s
local lecture circuit. learned about the Stanley gypsies: where they
originated, where they lived in Dayton, and where they are buried (Woodland Cemetery). Bey took questions during and after the talk and
many people commented afterwards that it was very enjoyable.
Refreshments followed the program.
|APR 17, 2-4 PM
||“Dayton’s Rich Gypsy Heritage”
speaker Leon Bey
|MAY 22, 2-4 PM
||Dedication of Edwin C. Sinks Photography Exhibit
|JULY 24, 2-4 PM
||2nd Anniversary Program
|OCT 16, 2-4 PM
||“National Road Through Ohio”
speaker Cyndie Gerken
|DEC. 11, 10-4 PM
||2nd Annual RTHS HOLIDAY BAZAAR