Verity Traditions Explores Oxford, Ohio During World War I

Miami University Regionals’ Verity Traditions continues on August 28 at 6 p.m. in Verity Lodge on the Middletown Campus with a special presentation by the Smith Library of Regional History entitled A College Town During World War I.

The Great War in Europe had an impact on Oxford even before the U.S. entered the war in 1917. The small town with a university and two women’s colleges played a unique role in the war effort when town and gown came together to aid refugees, buy bonds, and mourn losses. The presentation will include archival images and information from newspapers and yearbooks, letters and diaries. The Smith Library's World War I collection offers examples of student activities including forming an army training corps, rolling bandages, and holding bake sales to raise money. A Home Guard was formed by Oxford men who were not in the regular army.

The evening’s keynote speaker, Valerie Edwards Elliott, received a bachelor degree in History from Miami University and a master’s degree in Library Science from Indiana University. She worked in academic and corporate libraries in California before returning to Ohio to direct the Smith Library of Regional History for Lane Public Libraries. She also served as assistant archivist at Miami University where she contributed to several Miami Bicentennial projects. In addition to writing text for historic district walking tour booklets, she is the author of Images of America: Oxford, contributor to several other books, and author of numerous articles on local history. Her work has received recognition from the Butler County Historical Society, the Ohio Association of Historical Societies & Museums, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 

Verity Traditions connects community and campus with the traditions of Verity Lodge. These programs are free and open to the public. 

 For more information, call (513) 727-3472 or email Verity Lodge is located at 4200 N. University Blvd. on the Miami Regionals’ Middletown campus.