What’s Your Story? Jack Kirsch

Miami University Hamilton Downtown Center, 221 High Street

Heritage Stories of the Miami Valley

What’s Your Story? Moderated by Shaun Higgins

Wednesday, April 2 @ 7pm

Jack KirschJack Kirsch, Hamilton City Manager 1975- 1983, had a distinguished and visionary public service career. During his tenure, the High Street Underpass, Columbia Bridge, Route 4 Bypass, Southwestern Ohio Industrial District, Butler Regional Highway, Twin Run Golf Course and other projects important to both the city and region were completed.

  • Free public event. Reception to follow.


What’s Your Story? Jim Blount

Miami University Hamilton Downtown Center, 221 High Street


Heritage Stories of the Miami Valley

What’s Your Story? Moderated by Shaun Higgins

Wednesday, October 23 @ 7pm

Jim Blount, Author and Hamilton Historian

Hamiltonian Jim Blount has been studying the past for almost sixty years and has published more than a dozen books and numerous articles about local history.  He was named official historian of the City of Hamilton in 2013.  Join us as Jim Blount shares his personal story as a distinguished and award-winning journalist, teacher, coach, writer, and civic leader.

  • This interview will be recorded and is a free but ticketed event open to the public on a first-come basis.  For tickets call 513.785.3277 or email hoskinls@miamioh.edu.
  • Reception to Follow.

Ann Antenen on TvHAMILTON!

This April, former Hamilton Mayor and historic preservation champion Ann Antenen was interviewed as part of the What’s Your Story? Heritage Stories of Hamilton & the Miami Valley series at Miami University Hamilton Downtown.  The event, like Dave Belew’s earlier interview,  was a full-house draw, and Ann provided some wonderfully entertaining and at times moving anecdotes.  The good folks at TvHAMILTON were there, and you can now view Ann’s reminiscences on TvHAMILTON, via YouTube (http://youtu.be/XBBxTtYYoyM), or here on our website!

Dave Belew on TvHamilton!

This semester, the Michael J. Colligan History Project and Miami University Hamilton Downtown have been excited to partner with the good folks at TvHamilton, presenting What’s Your Story?” Heritage Stories of Hamilton and the Miami Valley. Last night’s event, showcasing the life and varied career of former Hamilton Mayor and civic champion Ann Antenen was another huge success for the series, bringing a full house to MUHD.  The series continues on Monday May 28, 2012 at 7 pm (MUHD) when Paul John Stanbery, Music director of the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony and Chorale, Ohio Mozart Festival, and the Great Miami Youth Symphony discusses his life and work, and the importance of reaching young people with classical music.  This event is co-sponsored by Miami Hamilton Downtown and TvHamilton.

Meanwhile, February’s oral history interview with Dave Belew (above), former president of Beckett Paper, is now airing on TvHamilton.  Dave’s reminiscences of his time at Beckett and the industrial heritage of Hamilton are a genuine trove of our region’s history, and an important addition to our archives.  Watch him again on our website, or on Youtube, courtesy of TvHamilton:


What’s Your Story? Ann Antenen

Ann Antenen

Wednesday, April 25, 7 pm

Miami Hamilton Downtown

What’s Your Story? Heritage Stories of Hamilton & the Miami Valley

Ann Antenen, former President CHAPS (Citizens for Historic and Preservation Services); architect, and mayor, Hamilton, Ohio, shares personal stories about the city and its people, with an emphasis on historical preservation.  Moderated by Shaun Higgins, this oral history session will be recorded by TvHAMILTON before a live audience.

A discussion and reception will follow.  Parking is free after 5 pm.

What’s Your Story? Dave Belew



Dear Folks,

This month’s award of the annual John E. Dolibois History Prize to Professor William Cronon provided a thought-provoking opener to this spring’s line-up of events.  Those of us treated to Prof. Cronon’s eye-catching presentation were challenged to pay closer attention to our own environment and the history that surrounds us.

Thinking about our own community and its evolution is a fitting keynote to our current theme: “Bridging Past & Future: Hamilton and the Miami Valley of Ohio, 1800-2013.”  Coming to Miami Hamilton Downtown Tuesday, February 28 at 7 pm, our friend Dave Belew, former President of Beckett Paper Company, shares his life experiences before a live TvHAMILTON audience as part of the “What’s Your Story?” oral history project.

Join us, for this fascinating and timely documentary interview!