Local Events

Are you announcing a historical event or commemoration in Butler County? Let us know, and we’ll be happy to promote it here! Information, flyers, etc., can be sent to either myself Matthew Smith (smithmd6@miamioh.edu) or to my colleague, Curt Ellison (ellisocw@miamioh.edu).


1) National Historic Preservation Month: Oxford Guided Walking Tours

Oxford Tours 2014When? May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Where? Meet at various locations (see poster, attached — click to enlarge) Sponsored by: Oxford’s Historic & Architectural Preservation Commission, the Smith Library of Regional History, the William Holmes McGuffey Museum

In recognition of National Historic Preservation Month, guided walking tours will be offered every Saturday in May, covering a different historic area of Oxford each week.

Contact: City of Oxford Planning Dept., 513 524 5204



2) Great Gettysburg Address Read-In at Oxford Lane Library

When? Tuesday, Nov. 19 Where? Oxford Lane Library. Sponsored by: Lane Libraries

Tuesday, November 19th is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the Oxford Lane Library plans to honor this great speech by having it read throughout the day on the hour, starting at 10:00 a.m. with the last reading at 7:00 p.m. The speech will be read or given from memory by fellow Oxford area citizens who will also tell a few facts or stories related to the speech.  In the past, it was a required reading in most schools, but today, it is nearly forgotten.  Come be a part of this historic celebration event.  Copies of the speech will be given to each attendee.

3) CD release concert: Susan Pepper, Hollerin’ Girl

When? Saturday, Nov. 9, 6:30 pm; Where? Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College St. Ave., Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 524-8506Admission? $10, ages 15 & under FREE. CDs will be on sale for $10!

Hear music by Judy and Warren Waldron starting at 6:30 followed by Susan Pepper and special guests at 7:15 pm.  Following the show, there will be an open jam with Jericho Old Time Band! Coffee and some tasty treats will also offered.

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4) The Power of Words: The Inspirational Leadership of Winston Churchill. When: Tuesday, October 22, 7-8.30 pm. Where: Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton. Sponsored by: the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute and the American Veterans Center.

Hear and meet the Hon. Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. Sandys is an internationally acclaimed author, journalist, television presenter and speaker, and is now organizing a series of exclusive tours based on her grandfather’s travels around the world.  

Free public event. Book signing and reception to follow.

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5) Caroline Scott Harrison Day. When: Sunday October 20 (open house 3-5pm; program 3.30pm). Where: Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford, Ohio.

Join in celebrating Oxford’s role in the life of U.S. First Lady Caroline Harrison (1832-1892) who was born at home on South Campus Avenue, educated at the Oxford Female Institute (now OCAC) on South College Avenue, and married in her parents’ house on West High Street. Her husband was President Benjamin Harrison, Miami Class of 1852, another nationally recognized resident of Oxford. Learn more about plans for an Ohio Historical Marker, a new biography, and a bronze statue here in her hometown. Enjoy cake and cider while meeting others interested in preserving and promoting Oxford history!

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6) Public Lecture: “Hamilton’s Forgotten Mass Murder.” When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Where: Miami Hamilton Downtown. 

Francis Lloyd Russell 2Fifty years before James Ruppert put the city on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers for killing his family, another Hamilton man — Francis Lloyd Russell (pictured) — tried to murder his family one steamy summer night. Come hear Hamilton JournalNews columnist Richard O Jones tell the story of Russell’s  heinous crime, the 9-year-old niece who escaped the carnage, and the similarities between the two cases.

7) A Roesel Public Lecture: Jeff Speck When: Monday September 23, 7.30 pm. Where: Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton. Sponsored by: Lane Libraries.

Join the acclaimed author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time as he shares his vision for downtown renaissance. Free, public event. Call 513 894 6557 for details.

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8) American Spirit Education Alliance, 3rd Annual Patriot Fair. When: Saturday, September 28, 9am – 5pm. Where: Mason Municipal Center. Sponsored by: American Spirit Education Alliance (www.aseaohio.com).

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9) MU Shares (formerly Egghead Cafe): “The American War of 1812”: A British Perspective. When: Friday, September 20, 12 noon- 1pm. Where: Miami University Hamilton Downtown Center, 221 High St., Hamilton, Ohio. Sponsored by: Miami University Hamilton.

The Michael J. Colligan History Project’s Matthew Smith explores the War of 1812 from the historical perspective of his native United Kingdom. Free, public event.

??????????????10) “Coming Attractions”: Poster Exhibition. When: opening September 8. Where: Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, 7847 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, Ohio. Sponsored by: Miami University Voice of America Learning Center.

An exhibition of the poster art of two Miami alumni – John Maggard and Sam Ashworth – opens at the Voice of America Learning Center with a free public reception from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, September 8.

Leading creators of community and regional event posters for decades, Maggard and Ashworth have created an impressive body of work that catches the eye, and now has become an artistic record of the history of civic and cultural events of our communities.

Click here for exhibition details

11) GAR Marker Dedication “Commemorating the Service of Oxford’s African American Soldiers in the Civil War.” When: September 8, 2013 @ 2.30pm. Where: Woodside Cemetery, E. Chestnut St., Oxford, Ohio. Sponsored by: Oxford Unit NAACP; Sons of Union Veterans.

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12) “Helen Peabody Hall: A Piece of Western’s 160-Year History.” Presented by: Elizabeth Johnson. When: September 14, 2013 @ 2pm. Where: Oxford Lane Library Meeting Room, 15 South College Ave., Oxford, Ohio. Sponsored by: Western College Memorial Archives; Smith Library of Regional History.

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