2020 Holiday Giving and Gifting Catalogue
2020 Holiday Giving and Gifting Catalogue
Dec
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2020

Articles About local history

  • Fossils fuel new local shop

    Rock Around the Clark is located at 108 Dayton St., Suite L, upstairs. Hours are Wednesday–Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon –7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. Masks are required inside the store. For more information, visit rockaroundtheclark.com.

  • 50 years on: Earth Day in Yellow Springs

    The News has invited some of our own prominent local environmentalists to reflect on the 50-year anniversary of Earth Day.

  • Adventures of an archivist — Letting the volumes speak

    Greene County Archivist Robin Heise flips through property records detailing all the plots of land owned by Yellow Springs founding father William Mills in the 19th century. (Photo by Lauren “Chuck” Shows)

    There’s hidden treasure in Xenia, if you know where to look. Under the unassuming green awning is the Greene County Archives. That name might not suggest intrigue, but for those with a passion for the past and with no fear of digging, it can be a trove of historical exploration.

  • Hamilton honored as ‘Great Ohioan’

    Local children’s author Virginia Hamilton was given Great Ohioan Award by the Ohio Statehouse this week.

  • Preserving vital local black history

    Local historians and 365 Project members John Gudgel and Kevin McGruder are preserving and sharing village history in their collaborative encyclopedia project, “Blacks in Yellow Springs,” as well as black history walking tours that involve local youth as guides. Pictured here, from left, are Steve McQueen, McGruder, Malaya Booth, Gudgel and Amani Wagner, all members of The 365 Project. (Submitted photo)

    John Gudgel has had family in Yellow Springs since the 1890s; Kevin McGruder came to the village via Antioch College only five years ago. Together, these two historians are trying to preserve some vital local history that is in danger of being lost.

  • Virginia in Ohio

    Standing with Virginia Hamilton's Ohio Historical marker is Hamilton’s husband, Arnold Adoff; her son, Jaime Adoff; and granddaughter, Anaya Adoff. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    A crowd of local students and community members converged on the Yellow Springs library last Wednesday, March 22, for the dedication of a historical marker for renowned author Virginia Hamilton, who grew up and lived most of her life in Yellow Springs.

  • Antioch School kids tell Bill Mullins’ story

    The Antioch School’s Older Group was recently immersed in storytelling and theater, thanks to special guest Christopher Westhoff, of the Mad River Theater Works performing arts company, who spent a portion of each day last week at the school. Westhoff helped students develop their own play about the life and influence of retired Older Group teacher Bill Mullins, which they performed last Friday. Pictured, from left, are Max Florkey, Merida Kuder-Wexler, Ayla Current, Lucy Dennis, Jackson Grote and Antonio Chaiten. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    A recent theatrical storytelling residency at the Antioch School became an opportunity to learn and share a story from their own community history via the medium of live theater.

  • Stories of amazing African Americans

    Bishop Daniel Payne, founder of Wilberforce University, pictured here in a historical rendering, is among the notable African Americans featured in a local history talk at the YS Community Library on Feb. 23. (Photo via Library of Congress)

    Learn about notable African Americans from the Miami Valley in a local history talk at the YS Community Library this Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6–7:30 p.m. Presented by the National Afro-American Museum in Wilberforce.

  • A spotlight on local black history

    Antioch Professor of History Kevin McGruder, left, and Mills Lawn School Counselor John Gudgel, former principal of Yellow Springs High School, helped develop the new brochure, “Blacks in Yellow Springs,” highlighting the rich history of African Americans in the village. Undertaken by the 365 Project, the brochure is available at the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Train Station and elsewhere in the village. (Photo by Dylan Taylor-Lehman)

    “If it weren’t for the role blacks have played in Yellow Springs, Yellow Springs wouldn’t be what it is today,” noted Yellow Springer John Gudgel recently.

  • Once more unto the streets…

    An unidentified daredevil takes a long walk during a street fair in 1988. The perspective would be welcome these days, as the event has grown significantly. (Photo by Irwin Inman, via Antiochiana)

    Love it or dread it, Street Fair is a Yellow Springs tradition. But newcomers to the village anticipating this Saturday’s arts, crafts, music, food and beer extravaganza might not realize just how humble and homegrown the tradition is.