2018 Events


Watch the Oakwood Register 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 membership@oakwoodhistory.org.


January 21

Far Hills Speaker Series; Jack Egan, Dayton Lawyer - A Short History of Dayton's Dark Side from 1899 to 1936.
A captivating tale of Jack Egan, prominent defense attorney for a bewildering assortment of bank robbers, bootleggers, hit men, con men, and gangsters. Presented by David Greer, Esq. at 2:00PM, Wright Memorial Public Library,


February 10

A Vintage Valentine's Party
Enjoy an elegant evening of champagne, chocolate, and appetizers from 6:00PM to 9:00PM in the historical setting of the Long-Romspert House Museum.


February 18

Far Hills Speaker Series; Railway Transportation and the Rise of the South Dayton Suburbs
How the earliest suburban plats to the south of Dayton developed under the influence of steam and electric-powered railways. Presented by David Schmidt at 2:00PM, Wright Memorial Public Library.


March 18

Far Hills Speaker Series; Street Names of Dayton
The men and women whose streets bear their name and how they contributed to the history of Dayton. Presented by Angie Hoschouer at 2:00PM, Wright Memorial Public Library


April 8

Back by popular demand!

Far Hills Speaker Series; Jack Egan, Dayton Lawyer - A Short History of Dayton's Dark Side from 1899 to 1936
A captivating tale of Jack Egan, prominent defense attorney for a bewildering assortment of bank robbers, bootleggers, hit men, con men, and gangsters. Presented by David Greer, Esq. at 2:00PM, Wright Memorial Public Library,


April 15

Far Hills Speaker Series; The Classic Architecture of Oakwood
Learn about some of Oakwood's well-preserved homes and public buildings representing the best of 20th century architecture in America. Presented by Mark W. Risley at 2:00PM, Wright Memorial Public Library.


April 16 to September 24

The Herb Garden Academy
For students in grades 4 to 7, the Herb Garden Academy provides a hands-on project with each session - plant, grow, harvest, prepare, cook, dye, preserve. Meet every Monday for 24 weeks at the historic Long-Romspert House Museum.


April 20

Smith 3rd Grade Social Studies Tour
The Oakwood Historical Society provides this annual tour of the Historic Long Romspert House Museum for the Smith 3rd graders, for a fun and historical event.


April 22

Wright at Home
Join Dayton History and The Oakwood Historical Society for a very special open house featuring guided tours of the Wright Brothers' iconic home, Hawthorn Hill, on Harman Ave at Park Ave, and a walking tour thru the Wright Brothers’ historic neighborhood. Tours begin at Hawthorn Hill and occur from noon to 5:00PM.


May 11

Harman 3rd Grade Social Studies Tour
The Oakwood Historical Society provides this annual tour of the Historic Long Romspert House Museum for the Harman 3rd graders, for a fun and historical event.


May 19

A Taste of Wine and Cheese
Relax after a busy day celebrating "That Day in May" with fine wines, good food and great conversation from 4:00PM - 7:00PM at the historic Long-Romspert House Museum.


July 15

Pesto and Pasta
Homemade at the Historical Society presents "Pesto and Pasta"


August 5

Hand Churned Ice Cream
Homemade at the Historical Society presents "Hand Churned Ice Cream"


August 19

Classics on the Lawn
Come and enjoy our annual car show featuring some of the area’s finest vintage automobiles, from noon to 4:00PM at the Historic Long Romspert House Museum.

Classics on the Lawn

September 1 10AM

Yoga on the Lawn
Slow Flow Stretch class led by Stephanie Peterangelo


September 9

Lotions and Potions
Homemade at the Historical Society presents "Lotions and Potions"


September 15 10AM

Yoga on the Lawn
Slow Flow Stretch class led by Stephanie Peterangelo


September 16

Far Hills Speaker Series; Dayton Codebreakers
NOTE: Change of Venue! Due to growing crowds, the 2018 Fall Speaker Series will be at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior at 155 E Thruston Blvd

The remarkable history of Joseph Desch, the WAVES, and the Dayton Codebreakers. It's 1942. German U-boats were sinking hundreds of American ships in the Atlantic Ocean. In desperation, a top-secret Navy project was created to build a decoding machine, right here at NCR in Building 26. Presented by Jim Charters at 2:00PM, at Lutheran Church of Our Savior.


September 23 and September 30

Capture A Moment in Time
Sign up for your 20-minute session with local photographer Betty Cochran at the historic Long-Romspert House Museum. Surround yourself in vintage beauty, selecting a picture on the elegant veranda, a lush English garden, or in a fun antique car.


October 7

Discover Woodland Days
Stroll through the historic garden cemetery and meet some of the famous and infamous people who have made Woodland Cemetery their final resting place. Tour guides will escort you through the grounds while volunteer actors depict the various characters beginning at the main gates at noon, 12:30PM and 1:00PM.


Discover Woodland Days

October 21

Far Hills Speaker Series; Polonium in the Playhouse -- the Manhattan Project
NOTE: Change of Venue! Due to growing crowds, the 2018 Fall Speaker Series will be at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior at 155 E Thruston Blvd

An intriguing story of secret chemical production for the atomic bomb. Learn about how the Talbot Family's "Runnymede Playhouse" in Oakwood served as a top-secret laboratory where the triggering mechanisms for the atomic bombs were developed. Presented by Linda Carrick Thomas, the author of "Polonium in the Playhouse" at 2:00PM at Lutheran Church of Our Savior..


October 27

Haunted Halloween at the House Museum
Join us for an adult Halloween party with wine and snacks! Put on your best costume and come enjoy the eerie sounds and sights of Halloween. Only you will know if the Homestead is haunted! Let the fearful fun begin 7:00PM - 11:00PM at the historic Long-Romspert House Museum.


November 8

Annual Meeting for The Oakwood Historical Society
Join us at historic St. Paul’s Church at 7:00PM as we reflect on 2018, welcome the board for 2019, and enjoy an evening of history including a presentation and light refreshments.


November 18

Far Hills Speaker Series; presents The Russian Spy in the Dayton Manhattan Project
NOTE: Change of Venue! Due to growing crowds, the 2018 Fall Speaker Series will be at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior at 155 E Thruston Blvd

Learn about George Koval: American-born spy who gave secrets of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. Presented by Dr Don Sullenger at 2:00PM, Lutheran Church of Our Savior.


December 8

The Inaugural Holiday Home Tour
Please join us for our first holiday home tour. Visit some of Oakwood’s finest, and distinctive homes, dressed for the holidays. The last stop will be the historic Long-Romspert House Museum where festive food and drink will be served.

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