Watch the Oakwood Register and the Kettering-Oakwood Times for additional details on these special events. If you'd like to be added to an email list for reminders, please email the society at email@example.com.
February 9 - Transit in Oakwood, 2 p.m.
At the Wright Memorial Public Library. Transportation to and from Oakwood to Dayton and points beyond was a critical piece of Oakwood’s history, and Tom Morrow, Oakwood resident and Oakwood Historical Society member, will talk about how transit played a key role in Oakwood’s growth and prosperity from the beginning up until the 1950s.
Week of February 18 - 22, Oakwood Winter Break
Come enjoy a program about Log Cabins and Pioneer Living in Ohio! Make a delicious gingerbread log cabin, eat pioneer food we’ll prepare, and have fun doing crafts and playing games of the era. At the end of each day, elementary age students may opt to eat a sack lunch then be escorted to programs at the Wright Library which begin at 1 p.m. Click here for program registration form. For questions, contact Linda Pearson at 648-9702 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 25 - Members meeting, 7 p.m.
Large meeting room, Oakwood City Hall.
March 16 - Great Flood of 1913
At the Wright Memorial Public Library. Society past-president Mark Risley will present a program on the Great Flood of 1913 at Wright Library. As a member of the region-wide centennial steering committee, Mr. Risley’s presentation will include facts and photos from Dayton and around the Miami Valley.
April 28 – Oct. 27 Seasons in the Garden
The popular gardening program Seasons in the Garden is gearing up for the new growing season. Last fall our garden was enlarged, thanks to a Boy Scout eagle project lead by Zach Wolcott, a high school student. As a result, we have some new raised beds so the plants can spread out a bit. (Some of you may have seen the squash/tomato tunnel in last year’s garden. The plants grew so big and merged into one large conglomeration of arched plants, so that only the children could fit into the tunnel to harvest!) We will be holding classes approximately twice a month, with some Saturday afternoons as well as some Sunday afternoons. We hope this will help with some of the scheduling conflicts.
May 18 - Annual Wine Tasting, 4 - 6 p.m.
The Oakwood Historical Society invites adults to a lovely evening of wine, light food, and friends, following a day with the family at the ‘That Day in May celebration. We are happy to have Dorothy Lane Market once again provide an expert pourer (both wine and unique ales) as well as specialty cheese spreads, fruit, and desserts. The Homestead is the perfect backdrop for this easy-going event, where guests can enjoy self-guided tours of the grounds and out buildings or just sit on the front porch, enjoying wine and cheese with friends and neighbors. For information and reservations, contact Debra Schenk at email@example.com or Linda Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org for a lovely end to everybody's favorite holiday, That Day in May. Tickets will be sold at the door.
June 10-14 - Summer Children’s Programs
How did the Pioneers Live?
9 a.m. to noon: Entering grades 1 - 3. $55/70 Members/Non Members
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Entering grades 4-6. $55/70 Members/Non Members
Join us for a week-long exciting and fun summer experience at the Homestead! Discover how the pioneers in the Miami Valley lived, worked and played here with plenty of hands-on activities, crafts and delicious homemade snacks to make learning fun and rewarding. From bandanas to biscuits to button lamps, this program will bring pioneer experiences to life for the children! Daily snack included. Registration form here.
June 22 - Great Flood of 1913
2 p.m., Wright Memorial Library, 1776 Far Hills Ave. Mark Risley repeats this PowerPoint presentation of an overview of Dayton and the Miami Valley before, during and after The Great Flood of 1913. Due to the standing-room-only response to the previous showing, reservations will be required for this program. Watch Wright Library’s website for more information.
August 25 - Classics on the Lawn
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is our 3rd annual Summer Car Show and Open House. The lawn of The Homestead will be festooned with classic automobiles of all types and The Homestead will be open for touring. Oakwood’s own Central Perc Café returns to offer an excellent lunch for visitors.
September 2 - Storywalk at Houk Stream
10 a.m. - noon. Featuring the book "A Stick is an Excellent Thing" by Marilyn Singer. A StoryWalk® is a self-guided activity for the whole family. Participants will enjoy nature play stations in a family friendly atmosphere. The historical society will host a grand opening event on Monday, September 2nd from 10a.m. - noon. Historical society volunteers will be onsite with additional activities, vintage crafts, and snacks. This program will run through the end of September, and is free and open to the public.
Sept. 22 and 28 by appointment – Third Annual Fall Photo Shoot Fundraiser
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For $50, your family gets a 20-minute photo shoot, with all the photos burned to a disk to take home. Click here to see samples from last year and here to see more information about Betty Cochran Photography. Inside, outside, individual shots, group shots, pets on leash… These photos come with a photo release by the photographer, allowing unlimited duplication of any of the photos. The photos are not re-touched, but we can refer you to someone you can hire to touch them up. The grounds of the homestead are beautiful in early fall, and the old fashioned scenes create timeless backdrops for years of viewing pleasure. These will be perfect for gifts or for holiday greeting cards. We are maintaining our original prices for one more year, so take advantage of this event! To make a reservation, please call 299-3973 and leave a message.
November 14 – Founders' Day Annual Guest Lecture
Dayton Country Club, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
“The Story of Five Rivers MetroParks,” Dave Nolin, Director of Conservation
Join us for our annual event in this beautiful setting and hear the story of Five Rivers MetroParks as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. A more casual event this year, we’ll enjoy a delicious dessert bar and beverages with an optional cash bar. Bring a friend, invite a new neighbor and introduce them to your historical society.
Reservations can be made by calling 643-4075 or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Please leave your name and the number of persons attending. Tickets are $12 each; checks received in advance are appreciated.
December 8 - Christmas Open House
See the Romspert Homestead decorated for Christmas, do some crafts, and enjoy snacks.
December 26-28 - Children's holiday program
Information to come.