How can the Great Miami River, now protected by the Miami Conservancy District from devastating flooding, play an integral and positive role in our future? To close the 1913 Flood Commemoration, civic leaders will share their visions for the future of the Miami River Corridor. Moderated by Frances K. Mennone, Great Miami Rowing Center; featuring Mike Dingeldein, Community Design Alliance; John Granville, Butler County MetroParks; Stan Kegley, Ohio’s Great Corridor Association; Kimberly Munafo, YMCA; Joshua Smith, City of Hamilton.
Friday, April 26, 7pm. Heritage Hall Museum, 20 High St., Hamilton.
Join us for a free premiere screening of this documentary feature film, produced by renowned filmmaker and historian Sam Ashworth. His documentary features over 500 flood photos and film clips supplied by local historical societies, including first hand accounts of the flood. It promises to be a truly memorable presentation!
March’s Family Stories symposium attracted over 240 people to the Wilks Conference center, including those shown here! Photo courtesy of Jack Armstrong.
Folks: with so many 1913 Flood Centennial events in Hamilton this spring, it’s a challenge to attend every one! With this in mind, the Colligan Project’s online video page archives recordings of talks and events, so you can watch them for the first time or any time. Our latest addition is “The Dam Lie That Saved Lives: Hamilton Family Stories of the 1913 Flood,” recorded March 26 at the Wilks Conference Center. Featuring indefatigable local historian Jim Blount, this unique event also showcases a number of remarkable family flood stories retold by Hamiltonians of today.
Assistant Director, Michael J. Colligan History Project
Miami University Hamilton Downtown, 221 High St., Hamilton.
Join us for another fascinating perspective on the Great Miami River Flood and its aftermath, as Hamilton native and construction historian Dan Antenen explores the ambitious construction of the Miami Conservancy District. This event is part of the City of Hamilton’s 1913 Flood Centennial commemoration, co-sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project.
Metered parking is free after 5pm. This is a free public event. Reception to follow.
Images from Rob Wile collection (left) and Brian D. Lenihan (right), courtesy Michael J. Colligan History Project, Miami University Hamilton.
Another voice recovered from the Hamilton Flood of 1913, following the earlier posting on this website of Marion Hooven Hallowell’s oral testimony. In this 15 minute, 23 second recording the late RoseMary Vogt Riegert reflects on her experiences as a flood survivor. The interview was conducted by her daughter Rosie in 1982, at which time RoseMary (b. 1905) was 77 years old. RoseMary was the youngest of seven children, whom she names in the recording (Clara, Agnes, Mayme, Lillian, Leona, and Ferd). Her parents were Clara Holbrock Vogt and Joseph Vogt.
Many thanks to Kristie Bunger for bringing this recording to us, and to Aaron Renner at Miami University Hamilton for converting it to its current digital format.
Click below to listen (note: this recording includes some background noise).
Butler County Historical Society, 327 N. 2nd Street
Flood Drama at BCHS
Make plans to join us at 7:30 p.m. on the evening of April 17, 2013 when the Butler County Historical Society presents “The 1913 Flood, as seen through the eyes of Lutie and Homer Gard, Hamilton, Ohio”. Based on the letters written by Lutie and Homer Gard to Lutie’s sister, Lillian Matthias, during the 1913 flood, the evening will give you a sense of what it was like to live during those harrowing days.
The letters were donated to the Butler County Historical Society by Betty Lewis Rump, the niece of Ethelyne Gard Gramm, Homer Gard’s second wife. They were transcribed by Richard Piland, who found them when researching the Gard family for a book he was writing about Hamilton’s leaders. Piland also wrote the script for this special performance.
The production will be staged in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium and is free and open to the public
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A Time of Terror – Personal Stories from the Neighborhoods During the 1913 Flood, is now open at BCHS. The exhibit tells first hand accounts from the 1913 flood. Also included are stories about the animals and how they were affected by the rising water.
BCHS is also working on compiling a complete list of all of the victims of the 1913 flood. Official accounts from 1913 list 200 victims, but we have already compiled over 400 names of people who either are missing, drowned or died from complications that were a direct result of the event. If you had a family member who perished as a result of the flood, please contact us to be sure that they are included in the account. We are working on a special commemorative book for all of the victims that will become a permanent part of the flood archives. We are also interested in collecting pictures and background information for these people.
The exhibit is in the basement of the Emma Ritchie Auditorium and will be open throughout the summer. Please make plans to stop by and see this special exhibit.
Hosted by Jim Blount, Hamilton Historian Wednesday, April 10 @ 7.30 pm Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton
Jim Blount interviews Tom Rentschler, the fourth member of a distinguished Hamilton family to serve on the board of the Miami Conservancy District. Mr Rentschler was a member 29 years from 1982-2011, and was succeeded by his son Mark G. Rentschler. His father Walter A. Rentschler, served from 1950-1975. Predecessors included Gordon S. Rentschler, a member of the first M.C.D. board 1915-1932, and George A. Rentschler, 1932-1950. Tom Rentschler had a career of more than three decades at Fifth Third Bank and The Citizens Bank, and served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Some more recent images courtesy of Jack Armstrong, Hamilton’s Flood of 1913 Centennial Walking Tour Co-ordinator. For those who missed out on the earlier tours, your last chance to enjoy this professionally re-enacted historical experience is on Saturday April 27 (2 and 4 pm). Participation is free and open to all; tours depart from Hamilton Visitors’ Center at the corner of High St. and Monument Ave. Click images to enlarge.
On March 25, the City of Hamilton publicly marked the 100th anniversary of the Great Miami River Flood of 1913 with a ceremony at Butler County Courthouse. In 1913, the courthouse had been a major site of refuge from the waters, as well as a morgue for victims of the catastrophe. 100 years later, Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller presented citations to the Mayors of several local cities, honoring the role of their communities in coming to Hamilton’s humanitarian aid.
All photographs courtesy Jack Armstrong. Click to enlarge.
L-r: Mayors Richard Keebler (Oxford, OH), Sally Hutton (Richmond, IN), Pat Moeller (Hamilton, OH), Ralph Hoop (Glendale, OH), Mark Mallory (Cincinnati, OH)
Rev. John Lewis (Hamilton Presbyterian Church) led the audience in prayer
Rev. Peggy Garrison (First United Methodist Church). In 1913, Hamilton’s First Methodist Church was used as an emergency Red Cross relief hospital.