Dayton in the Great War…in the news

Print story will be out in Monday’s Dayton Daily News. Hopefully TV spot to follow. But for now, here’s the DDN online article on the exhibit we’re going to be doing with Dayton History/Carillon Park, starting in 2016. I’m hoping that the article will inspire folks to look through their attics for letters, diaries, anything that might help us tell the stories of the Miami Valley in the Great War.

World War I artifacts sought for local exhibit |

via World War I artifacts sought for local exhibit |


First World War events

The Calendar of Events is now up and running; please check it out by clicking on the “Calendar of Events” link above. More details will be added as they become available. And tomorrow, the Dayton Daily News will run a brief article on Dayton in the war…and what we’re doing to commemorate it. More soon!

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions regarding events that we might include on our calendar, please feel free to contact me (Paul Lockhart, History Department, Wright State University) at Thanks!

What we’re doing…

Hello Daytonians (and anyone who drops by, for that matter):

Welcome to “Commemorating the Great War in Dayton.” This year marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War — the “Great War” to an earlier generation — and over the next four years or so our little group of individuals and institutions throughout the Miami Valley will be doing what it can to commemorate this momentous, if tragic, event in our history. Through concerts and lectures, exhibits and film, we hope to draw attention to the importance of the First World War in shaping our culture, our society, our world, our nation, and our communities. And we intend to do so in collaboration. Hence this page. Right now, “Commemorating the Great War in Dayton” is bringing together scholars, musicians, museum professionals, and others from Wright State University, the University of Dayton, Dayton History, and the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

Over the next year or more, our group will use this page to list all First World War-related events in Greater Dayton and the surrounding region.

In the meantime, please check out the links (below), and visit my Facebook page on Dayton’s role in the war: Dayton in the Great War.