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Historian Robin Heise is shown at right talking about the historic Octagon House at a recent walking tour. Heise hopes that villagers will contribute stories about local history to her Web site at

Historian seeks local stories

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Local historian Robin Heise, a recent graduate from the Wright State masters in public history program, is seeking stories from villagers about Yellow Springs history.

“It’s so important to capture these stories, and everyone has stories to tell,” Heise said in a recent interview.

Those who want to contribute tales of Yellow Springs history may do so by going online at Heise’s Web site. The site also contains her research on significant Yellow Springs places and personalities, such as town developer Wilbur Mills and Rebecca Pennell, the Antioch College professor who was the first female college professor in the country to have a tenured position.

Heise spoke about these local figures and several historic buildings at a July walking tour, which was attended by about 25 people. Heise said she hopes to lead historic walking tours on a monthly basis.


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