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All Verity Traditions programs are free and open to the public. A light meal is provided 15 minutes before each program starts.

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Armco in World War I
July 17 • 6pm

Before the United States entered the “war to end all wars” in April 1917, the American Rolling Mill Company (Armco) was already supplying armaments to the allied forces against Germany, but the company’s most unique contribution to the war came from 15 Armco employees who volunteered to serve with the French forces as ambulance drivers. The highly decorated Armco Ambulance Corp. served with distinction during the last year of the conflict. Presented by Sam Ashworth, longtime Armco employee, teacher, graphic artist and president of the Middletown Historical Society.

Cooking for One or Two
August 3 • 6pm

Heather Reister from Ohio State University’s Butler County Extension Office will share tips on guiding food choices and reducing favorite recipes. She will also provide strategies for shopping and preparing quick meals and keeping food safe. Attendees will be entered into a door prize drawing for a set of dishwasher and freezer safe Tupperware storage bowls.

The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen
August 21 • 6pm

Rosemary Deitzer will share the story of how a small town of 12,000 people in the middle of Nebraska welcomed and fed six million traveling WWII soldiers 20 hours per day for four years at a Union Pacific Depot. Bringing in people from 125 different communities together to serve the troops, it was one of the largest volunteer efforts of WWII.

These volunteers baked and fried countless amounts of food. In one month in 1945, there was an effort to count exactly how much was being distributed, in the days of rationing:

  • 40,161 cookies; 6,547 doughnuts; 6,939 cupcake, loaf, and birthday cakes
  • 30,679 hard-boiled eggs, 2,845 pounds of sandwich meat; 12 dozen different items 

Of these items, the most memorable was the birthday cakes. A tradition of the North Platte Canteen, begun in 1942, was to give every serviceman celebrating a birthday on the day that he/she visited the canteen a birthday cake. Approximately 20 cakes were given away each day. It’s the most amazing story you’ve never heard. Refreshments provided.

David M. Fogarty President/CEO of CET Connect & Think TV
September 26 • 6pm

More details coming soon.

Appalachia, International
October 17 • 6pm
(Was originally scheduled for Oct. 10.)

The Appalachian Mountain range has been an international zone for more than four hundred years. It continues to be a place where people from many nations live and work. This program reviews some of the international diversity that endears many of us to this beautiful region. Presented by Miami Regionals History faculty member Dr. Marsha Robinson. Co-sponsored with Miami Regionals Appalachian Studies.

Film Screening & Speaker: America's Diplomats
November 9 • 6pm – 8pm

From Ben Franklin to Benghazi, America's Diplomats will take us inside the Foreign Service and behind the scenes of U.S. Foreign Policy. Discover the role our diplomats play in shaping American history. Uncover the origins of our Foreign Service, and the danger American diplomats face far from home. A guest speaker from the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council will be on hand after the screening to share their first hand experiences.

History of Local Radio
December 11 • 6pm

Featuring John Kiesewetter from WVXU-FM TV. More details to come.