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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.

The Battle of Fallen Timbers:
The Archaeology of A National Park
Wed., June 22 • 6pm

Dr. Mike Pratt will present information on his archaeological work and its role in park development. The Battle of Fallen Timbers (1794) was the culmination of a decades long struggle for control of the Ohio Valley-Great Lakes region. During 19th and 20th century development of lower Maumee River valley, the battlefield was commemorated, but its location was lost. Research and archaeological investigations during the 1980's and 1990's revealed new information on the events of 1794 culminating in identifying and delineating the actual battlefield location. With local, state and federal support, the Fallen Timbers and Fort Miamis National Battlefield site was created and affiliated with the US National Park System. Three national park locations, The Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Fort Miamis, and the Fallen Timbers monument are now interpreted and open to the public.

Remus King of the Bootleggers
Wed., August 24 • 6pm

Mark Plageman, Professor Emeritus of Miami University from 1966-96, is one Miami Middletown's original faculty members. His interest in George Remus, a Cincinnati lawyer and bootlegger who was the inspiration for The Great Gatsby, goes back to WWII, when he and his cousins played cops and robbers on Remus’s 10 acre estate at Eighth and Hermosa Avenues.

Memories of Armco Park
Tues., September 27 • 6-8pm

Sam Ashworth, longtime Armco employee, teacher, graphic artist and past president of the Middletown Historical Society, will focus on Armco Park: how it came about and what was there for Armco employees and the community. Armco Steel was instrumental in the founding of Miami University Middletown, including the donation of 141 acres and Verity Lodge.

The Great West Middletown Train Disaster of July 4, 1910
Thurs., October 13 • 6pm
Please note this program was previously scheduled on October 17.

Alan Wise, local historian, author, photographer, and member of the Middletown Historical Society, has researched the 1910 West Middletown railroad disaster since the 1980’s when he discovered a set of photographs in an old farmhouse in Poasttown. This is still the worst man-made disaster in the county’s history. 36 deaths, many more injured. The cause, circumstances, community reaction, personal stories and results- including the Middletown Hospital- are examined with photos, and a large detailed model.
For the centennial of the wreck, he and Sam Ashworth produced a video documentary on this forgotten event.

Cincinnati and Soup: Facts, Food and Fun
Thurs., November 3 • 6pm

Cheri Brinkman Cincinnati and Soup author and former Miami Hamilton faculty member, will focus on an agri-history of Cincinnati, which answers the questions of why we grow and eat what we do and recipes and nostalgia from the recent past. Technology and food to the 21st century plus a wild ride through Cincinnati armed with nothing but a few cheese coneys and a fork. Think you know all about Cincinnati food? Goetta, Wine, Chili? Fasten your seat belts and secure your double butter cake as we loop around Crosley Square- and WLW this is an adventure from the 1800’s to the 1960’s about Cincinnati and the Ohio Valley you will not want to miss!

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