Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7:00 PM
"The History of Wright Field" will be the topic of Mr. Ken Keisel's presentation on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. He will emphasize the important role played locally in the history of aviation. The highlights of his book and talk begins with the relocation of the Army Air Service's test facilities from McCook Field in Dayton to Wright Field, a new air base built near Fairborn in the 1920's. Using many unusual photos and anecdotes, Ken will talk about aircraft development and the growth of Wright Field, first during the 1930's and then the critical years of the 1940's when Wright Field was working around the clock to develop state-of-the-art piston and jet powered aircraft to win WWII. He'll also show many images of experimental aircraft tested at Wright Field and will talk about the accidents that inevitably come with testing of high-performance experimental aircraft. In addition, Ken is interested in hearing from anyone who witnessed the crash of a RB-37D aircraft into the Beavercreek High School Parking Lot in January 1964. If you happened to have been present at the high school on that day, we are hoping you can attend the meeting to help add to the story of that close call to tragedy in our community. Lastly, Ken will be available to sign his book "Wright Field" which will be available for sale at the meeting. The meeting will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 3530 Dayton-Xenia Road at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level Fellowship Hall. The public is invited to this free event.
Sunday, May 20, 2017, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
You're invited to a Spring Open House at the Beavercreek History Center as we celebrate our second year of occupancy. Please come see the collection of many Beavercreek-related display items and take a peek at our growing archival collections, including a full set of all copies ever printed of the Beavercreek Daily News. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your family and friends; admission is free and all are welcome. The Center is located at 1981 Dayton-Xenia Road, in the building that originally housed the Beavercreek Township Offices. You'll see our sign out front. It is east of Alpha, almost directly across from the Beaver United Church of Christ. We proudly share the building with the Beavercreek Township Park District.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:00 PM
"The 1969 Lammers' Barrel Factory Fire" will be the topic of Mr. Kip Smith's presentation about the Barrel Factory fire that lit up the night sky throughout Beavercreek and the region with exploding barrels of chemicals being tossed hundreds of feet into the air on the night of October 7, 1969. The factory sat at the corner of Patterson Road and Grange Hall Road. Kip Smith, the retired Fire Chief of Beavercreek Township, was at that fire and has film footage he will share. The meeting will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 3530 Dayton-Xenia Road at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level Fellowship Hall. The public is invited to this free event.
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