The 2023/ 2024 Speaker Series is Scheduled!
Monthly Speaker Series 2023 - 2024
Third Tuesday (usually) of the month ** Free & open to the public!RecPlex West Theater (Rec West) 965 Miamisburg Centerville Rd.
Reception 6:30 p.m. Program 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy refreshments and historical education.
Donations welcome and appreciated.
**NOTE -- Please enter on the south side of the building using the east doors that are closest to the theater. Park between the Subaru dealership and the building for shortest walk.September 19, 2023 Tim Riordan
Cincinnati’s Chattanooga Choo Choo Railroad The Cincinnati Southern Railway is the largest municipally owned railway in the U.S. After the Civil War, the City of Cincinnati built a railroad to Chattanooga to open Southern markets to Cincinnati manufacturers and merchants. Speaker Tim Riordan, a former Cincinnati Deputy City Manager who served 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Southern Railway, will provide a history of that railroad that was financed, built, and is still owned by the City of Cincinnati after 150 years. This is the railway that inspired the famous song: ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo’.
October 17, 2023 Andy Hite A Canal for the West: The Miami & Erie Canal
November 14, 2023
Bill Albers Christmas Truce on the Western Front - WWI
January 16, 2024 Paul Cooper Frontier Between the Miamis: Pioneers in Ohio 1783-1800
February 20, 2024 Ed Ross Ida Weller - A Woman Ahead of Her Time
March 19, 2024 Ed Roach - National Park Service Post-1908 Trip into the Wright Brothers’ "Clunky" Business Affairs
April 16, 2024 Rosemary Thunder Schwoebel A Vietnam Memoir - Adventures of an American Red Cross ‘Donut Dolly’ 1968-1969
May 21, 2024 Billy Ring, Miamisburg Fire Dept. Capt. (Ret.) July 1986 - Miamisburg Railroad Chemical Tank Car Fire
2023/24 schedule (pdf)
Select sessions from 2022 are available on YouTube:
FDR’s Confidential Crusader by Mike Williams - Watch the presentation on YouTube
Hidden History of Dayton by Tony Kroeger - Watch the presentation on YouTube
The War in Ukraine and the Future of Geopolitics by General John R. Allen - Watch the presentation on YouTube
Enjoy videos of our 2020/2021 speakers on YouTube