One Hundred Fifty Years of the Arts in Hamilton

Rick H. Jones, Executive Director, Fitton Center for the Creative Arts

Thursday, November 8, 7.30 pm

Location: Fitton Center for the Creative Arts

Join us for the third in our exciting installment of events at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts this fall, as Executive Director Rick H. Jones presents a historical overview of community arts in around Hamilton from the Civil War to the present — with a look ahead at what is coming in the future! At the helm of the Fitton Center since January 1991, Rick Jones has overseen revolutionary changes in community support for the creative arts, growing the Fitton Center’s budget tenfold, tripling membership, and increasing annual support 800%.  His vision of a community vibrant in the arts, improving lives educationally, socially, economically, and culturally is rooted in historic insight into our artistic heritage.

Reception to follow.

War of 1812: Experience of the Miami People

A further opportunity to explore and discuss the War of 1812, courtesy of our friends at the Lane Library!  On Saturday, November 10, from 2-4p.m. at the Oxford Lane, Miami alumnus and citizen of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma George Ironstrack discusses the Experience of the Miami People During the War of 1812.  This conflict was a watershed in the history of American Indian relations with the US, and George’s talk promises to be an insightful and thought-provoking event. Suitable for ages 18 and up.

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Remembering the War of 1812

It’s always a pleasure for us at the Michael J. Colligan History Project to highlight the activities of our local historical community.  The ongoing bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 offers just such an opportunity, as local historian Tom Stander explores the conflict and its Butler County connections at the Oxford Lane Library, on Tuesday October 23 (7-8 pm).  Join Mr. Stander as he reveals the contributions made by Butler Countians to halt the invading British and their Indian allies from taking western Ohio!

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Sidenote: Often neglected in the public memory, the War of 1812 is among the most misleadingly named conflicts in US history, having lasted through January 1815.  The next two years, then, offers plenty of opportunity for rediscovery, and the Colligan Project looks forward to showcasing further commemorations of this important chapter in our history!