Community readies for Bicentennial year

Let's Talk Miamisburg cable T.V. Program previewing Bicentennial activities (1-10-18)

The Miamisburg Bicentennial is nigh, and the much-anticipated year-long celebration is about to begin!

There will be monthly events throughout 2018 that have a Bicentennial theme or some type of acknowledgement of the City’s 200th year, while a primary week of celebration will be held June 16-23.


The schedule kicks-off in January with a performance by the Miamisburg High School Madrigal Singers in the Memorial Auditorium on Sixth Street. More than 100 musicians and vocalists will showcase their talents on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Among the musical selections will be numbers to honor the Star City and its special anniversary. Admission is free.


A Founders Day Dinner will be held on Feb. 20, the actual date Miamisburg was established. This special evening at the Baum Opera House begins with dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a special program highlighting the rich history of the community and featuring the premier of the documentary “The River Runs Through.” Produced by local talents Carol O’Connell, Kevin Scheuller, Bobbye Sweny and John Warrington, this video tells the story of the people, places and events that shaped this unique community that has flourished through the decades. The evening will also include Sweny’s The Celebration Song, which was written by the local historian in tribute to founders Zachariah Hole, the Valentine Gebhart Family, Drs. John and Peter Treon and Jacob Kercher. Vintage 1800s clothing is suggested for attendees.

Seating for this special event is limited to 250. Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchased through the Miamisburg Historical Society. Tables for six or eight persons may be reserved. Call 859-5000 for more information.

More to come

The primary week of celebration in June will feature daily events, opening and closing parades, live entertainment in Riverfront Park and fireworks. As with any milestone birthday, there will also be a surprise present. The City’s largest employer, Kettering Health Network, is planning a gift to the community on June 20. Watch for an announcement to come.

Watch for a commemorative Bicentennial issue of the Civic Focus community newsletter in March.

Bicentennial plans gathering speed

historic downtown photo
Looking South on Main Street, this photo from the 1940s demonstrates how parades have always been a tradition of fun and memories in Miamisburg. It will be no different when the Star City celebrates its Bicentennial. Organizations, groups and businesses are encouraged to start thinking about their entries in the parades that will open and close the party in June 2018.

It is now just a few months until activities begin for Miamisburg’s Bicentennial Celebration! With plans falling into place, there is still much to be accomplished, and there are several ways for local families and organizations to be a part of this historic event.


No celebration in Miamisburg is complete unless a parade leads the way. For this special 200th birthday party, there are actually two parades planned. The first will occur June 16 to open the primary week of Bicentennial activities, while the second will be held June 23 to mark the end of that highlighted week. Both will be filled with fun and entertainment from five different Antioch Shrine Temples, local churches and groups. Band music will also fill the air from several local high schools, The Ohio State University Alumni Band, the Miamisburg High School Alumni Band, the Kettering Civic Band and others.

Entries in the parades are now open, and interested participants are encouraged to start planning their floats. Community groups, businesses, schools and families are invited to join in the fun and celebrate service to the community and family roots. If your group or family would like a spot in one or both Bicentennial parades, send an email expressing interest and providing contact information to


Game show

Another way to make your mark in this historic Star City party is to answer some questions about your family in a game called How Blue and White Are Your Roots? Answer questions about your family history in Miamisburg, and your family could be recognized for being True Blue!
• How many generations of your family have lived in Miamisburg/Miami Township? Details.
• How many generations of your family have graduated from MHS? Names and years?
• Does your family include any sets of triplets born in Miamisburg? Names?
• Can your roots be traced back to the City’s founding families? How?
• Has your family owned a business in Miamisburg? Details.
• Have any of your family members served on City Council or as Mayor? City employees? School Board? Teachers? Names and position?
• Has your family made significant contributions to the City? Describe.
• Do you live in a family home/property? Where and how many generations?
Send your answers and contact information to the email address above.

Look the part

150th anniversary photo
Kimm Mote, a member of the Bicentennial Committee, looked the part during Miamisburg’s sesquicentennial (150 years) celebration.

Another path for family participation will be to dress in circa 1818 clothing. It has been a Miamisburg tradition for families to wear period clothing during previous community birthday celebrations, and the 200th will be no different. What is different, however, is that a sewing workshop is being offered to get a start on making dresses, vests and other period stylings. Slated for Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, attendees should have some prior sewing experience and bring all needed materials (e.g. patterns, fabric, trim, pins, etc.) A limited number of machines will be available for use, but participants are also encouraged to bring their own. Patterns being suggested are McCalls M7230 and M7493 (dresses), Burda 4762, 7332 and 2895 (men’s/boy’s vest and shirt).

175th anniversary
City officials, some sporting period clothing, during the City’s 175th anniversary

Instructors will be available to help with measuring, fitting, pattern adjustment, finishing questions
and general sewing inquiries. Large mirrors, irons and ironing boards will also be provided. If sewing is not your thing, but you’re interested in a custom dress, stop by the workshop and seamstresses will be happy to speak with you. Questions and reservations may be emailed to the email address above or by calling Laura Gore at 478-0787.

Bobblehead fundraiser

Mayor Church Bobblehead figurine
Mayor Dick Church, Jr.

The first official souvenir for the City’s 2018 Bicentennial is now on sale.

Initiated and sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank and local citizen Lee Hieronymous, a bobble head figure has been created in the likeness of Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church, Jr.  The keepsake features Mayor Church’s signature bow tie and the Bicentennial logo.

It can be purchased at Farmers & Merchants, the Miamisburg Parks and Recreation Department and the Miamisburg Historical Society in the Market Square Building on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The $25 donation for the bobble head, which is partially tax deductible, will apply toward costs associated with the community’s Bicentennial celebration being planned.

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