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Slavery beyond the South

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Historian Margaret Newell exposes New England’s native slavery at SunWatch By Joyell Nevins Photo: Historian Margaret Newell holds Benjamin Church’s sword, used in King Philip’s War; photo: Anita Kent Think you learned all you need to know about the history of American slavery in high school? Think again. History professor Margaret Newell expounds on the […]

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Turning a prison into a town

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‘Digging Amache: The Archaelogy of a Confined Community’ at SunWatch By Joyell Nevins Photo: (l-r) Duncan Kelly, Carlene Tinker, Anita Miller, and Stephanie Skiles review artifacts included in ‘Digging Amache,’ at SunWatch Feb. 18 Several weeks ago, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep certain groups out of the United States, as a […]

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Stripped ‘Down to Nothing’

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Hilaree O’Neill fights her way up the mountain on screen and in person at the Victoria By Joyell Nevins Photo: O’Neill is the first woman to scale two 8,000-meter peaks in 24 hours The credits roll and the scene opens: two tents are pitched on a mountain peak and the wind whips around them. As […]

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Referencing Hamilton

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Alexander Hamilton exhibit journeys to Washington-Centerville Public Library By Brennan Burks Photo: Lin-Manuel Miranda (front) as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton, the Broadway hit igniting popular interest in the Founding Father’s history Most of us can probably count on one hand the number of things we know about the life of Alexander Hamilton. First, from middle […]

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Sultans of Swing, baby

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Baseball, jazz, and short fiction flush the floor at Wright State’s Flapper Ball By Joey Ferber Photo: Director of Wright State’s CELIA Hank Dahlman (left) and Dr. Sharon Lynette Jones at one of the Sultans of Swing games Wright State University is hosting a unique triangulation of American history. Its Spring Sultans of Swing Spring […]

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If you could churn back time

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Prairie Days celebrate 18th-century living By Terri Gordon Photo: Shooters fire off a black powder musket volley during the opening ceremony for Prairie Days As people whiz into the 21st century, harried by the demands of modern life, with smartphones, smart homes, and instant-everything, it is tempting to pine for simpler times. Times of fishin’ in […]

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American apparel

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Printing shirts and a dream at 7Thirty8 Apparel By Erin Callahan Photo: Matt Overholt quit his day job to run 7Thirty8 Apparel full-time, to ‘live his dream’; photos: Cori Morse 7Thirty8 Apparel started with a 30th birthday, a year’s worth of money saved, and a beard. Twelve years after Matt Overholt graduated high school, he decided […]

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From Toccoa to Bavaria to Facebook

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WWII paratrooper Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin still dives into his story at 95 By Tim Smith Photo: Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin tallies more than 22,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and continues to lecture here and abroad; photos: Doug Barber A hero is defined as a person who is noted or admired for nobility, courage, or outstanding […]

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Past lives

Paul Laurence Dunbar’s grave in Woodland Cemetery marks his importance to the region and to history; photo: Terri Gordon

Woodland Cemetery tours through murder, mystery, mayhem By Terri Gordon In 1840, Dayton was growing rapidly. Its downtown cemeteries were filling fast. Town leaders decided to develop a more permanent repository—one that would accommodate the growing population, one more rural and scenic, and one that wouldn’t be consumed by the growing town. Mayor John Van […]

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Murder… they wrote

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Dayton History reopens 1896 trial of Albert Frantz By Terri Gordon Photo: Old Case File retries the Bessie Little murder case at the Old Court House July 22-24, July 29-31, and Aug. 5-7; photo: Haylie Schlater In late summer of 1896, the love affair of Bessie Little and Albert Frantz was cut short by her […]

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The Docket: 3/21

Regional police blotters, reported and interpreted By Ehron Ostendorf Editor’s Choice Hot case A fire lieutenant responded to a car […]

The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]