Coming Events for 2011:
LAST EVENT OF 2011
The 2011 RTHS Holiday Bazaar – Final Report
The Holiday Bazaar was held from 9-3 on Saturday, December 10th. Many members worked hard: baking cookies, breads and cupcakes; making candies and party mixes; packaging food items for sale; donating items for the silent auction [held in place of previous years’ white elephant sales]; and helping on the day of the event and purchasing items too. Tables were packed with goodies (much more than shows in the photo here which was taken during set-up). A few buyers even showed up on Friday!
Greeters at the door counted between 75 and 80 visitors on Saturday (slightly fewer than last year) but nearly all of them made purchases. The event consisted of sales of food items, history gifts, and the silent auction of collectibles and holiday related decorations. The event concluded and everything was cleaned up by 4:00 p.m. Proceeds from the bazaar were allocated to the RTHS building and general funds. Thanks to all!
PROGRAMS IN 2011 WERE FOCUSED ON
THE U. S. CIVIL WAR (1861-1865)
Last of the Civil War Programs for 2011
7:30 p.m. on October 12
"History of the GAR"
All functions are held at the History Center, 114 Valleyview Drive, Englewood unless otherwise noted
SPECIAL SUMMER EVENTS
Presentation and Tour of the Soldiers' Home in Dayton
On September 14, Mark Conrad, MSgt. USAF (ret.) showed a video sponsored by the Veterans Heritage Center which detailed the history of the original Home for Disabled Veterans of the Civil War. Today the original campus houses the Dayton Veterans Administration Center and hospital. The video documented the efforts underway to preserve as many of the historic buildings as possible. On Saturday September 17, fifteen RTHS members and guests took a guided tour of three of the historic buildings: The Home Chapel, the Catholic Church, and the Putnam Library (which now houses the Miami Valley Military History Museum). Members also went to the National Cemetery to see the Soldiers' Monument on top of the hill overlooking the gravesites, where more than 40,000 veterans are buried. It was a perfect fall day and everyone enjoyed the outing immensely.
The photos below show some of the buildings on the tour.
“LIVING HISTORY” CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT
at the RTHS History Center on
SAT JULY 16, 2011 from 2-5 P.M.
Open to the Public
Members of the Dayton Sons of Union Veterans of the
Civil War (SUVCW) Wm. T. Sherman Camp No. 93
will set up their tents next to the RTHS History Center for a
“Living History” Civil War program.
Visitors can talk with Civil War officers, soldiers, musicians
and newspaper reporters. This will be an excellent
opportunity to learn about the Civil War and see firsthand
what life was like for soldiers in a Civil War camp.
Report on the Civil War Encampment on July 16
Between 75 and 100 people attended the Civil War Living History Program put on by six members of William T. Sherman Camp No. 93 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) from 1-4 p.m. on the afternoon of July 16th. It was hot but there was a good breeze. Tents and a reproduction 6-pounder cannon were on display, the latter courtesy of Mark Saunders of Englewood who offered it for sale for $20,000. Not sure if there were any takers. At about 2:00 p.m. the crowd moved inside the air-conditioned history center to listen to Fred Lynch, Barbara Lynch and Al Howey, who portrayed the parts of a Civil War soldier, his wife, and the camp musician, respectively. NOTE: parts of their presentations are included in the RTHS published booklet, “A Tribute to Ohio Civil War Soldiers,” available for purchase from the historical society for $12.00. Following the program, eighteen RTHS members and eight guests, enjoyed a meal by Jerri’s Catering of Clayton in the lower level of the history center. RTHS members provided desserts and beverages. All in attendance felt the program was outstanding.
Also for RTHS Members and SUVCW Guests
Jul 16, 2011 from 5-7 P.M.
3rd Anniversary Gathering and
Carry-In Dinner on the lower floor, RTHS History Center
Member reservations required by July 8
Wednesday, September 14, 7:30 P.M. - Mark Conrad, speaker
“History of the Veterans Heritage Center and Museum”
Saturday, September 17, 1 P.M., Tour of historic buildings at VA
HISTORY CENTER OPENS AGAIN IN APRIL
VISITORS HOURS: 1-4 P.M. SATURDAYS
APRIL 2 through NOVEMBER 26
Open other times by appointment
Why not sign up with a friend to be a HOST?
Come and enjoy Civil War Round Table (CWRT) discussions at regular Wednesday night meetings, hear invited speakers at special programs, see Civil War re-enactors at the Anniversary Gathering in July, and take a tour of the Dayton Veterans’ Heritage Center in September. Everyone is invited – check the 2011 RTHS Calendar for important dates throughout the year.