Highlights of Founders Day Dinner

The Founders Day Dinner was a sold out event Feb. 20 at the Baum Opera House downtown.

The program included live entertainment provided by Miamisburg High School students and the premiere of a recently produced video on the history of Miamisburg entitled “A River Runs Through.”  Mayor Dick Church, Jr. also introduced a newly created board game entitled Miamisburg-Opoly that is for sale to the public and announced that local historian Bobbye Sweny has been named honorary chair of the City’s Bicentennial celebration.

   


Video Highlights

Bicentennial merchandise available

A collection of merchandise has been produced that will allow citizens to commemorate this special year in Miamisburg. Keepsakes are available for purchase at the Market Square Building downtown on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m. Items also will be for sale at many of the events throughout the year.

Products include a specially produced video on the history of Miamisburg entitled “The River Runs Through.” The video premiered at February’s Founders Day Dinner, and DVDs are available for order. Producers include Carol O’Connell, Gary Petticrew, Kevin Scheuller, Bobbye Sweny, John Warrington and numerous other support personnel.

Another item sure to be popular is a Miamisburg-Opoly board game fashioned after the popular Monopoly game. In this local version, players move their tokens along a route that features Miamisburg landmarks and points of interest. The initial supply of games sold out quickly, but more are being produced and orders are being accepted.

Available Products

 Postcard  $1 each/six for $5
 Magnet  $1
 Insulated Beverage Sleeve  $2
 Silicone Bands – bracelet  $2
 Cell Phone Wallet  $3
 Key Chain  $3
 Lapel Pin  $5
 Cell Phone Fan  $10
 Coffee Mug  $10
 Foldable Lunch Box  $10
 Stainless Steel Mug  $15
 Blankets  $20
Miamisburg-Opoly  $25
 Dick Church Bobblehead  $25
 Video – “A River Runs Through”  TBA

How Blue and White are Your Roots

Is your family a part of Miamisburg’s long and colorful history? If so, let the Miamisburg Historical Society and Bicentennial Committee hear from you.

Make your mark in this Star City party and answer some questions about your family with a game of How Blue and White Are Your Roots? Answer questions about your family history in Miamisburg and your family history will be recognized for being True Blue with a place in the time capsule!

  1. How many generations of your family have lived in Miamisburg/Miami Township? Details.
  2. How many generations of your family have graduated from MHS? Names and years.
  3. Several sets of triplets have been born in the Burg. Does this include your family? Names.
  4. Can your roots be traced back to founding families? How?
  5. Has your family owned a business in Miamisburg? Details.
  6. Have any of your family served on city council or as mayor? City employees? School Board? Teachers? Names and position.
  7. Has your family made significant contributions to the city? Describe
  8. Do you live in a family home/property? Where and number of generations.

All responses should be received by June 2 and may be emailed to MHSociety@att.net with a subject line of Time Capsule 2018 or mailed to the Miamisburg Historical Society, attn. Time Capsule 2018, 4 N. Main St., Miamisburg, Ohio 45342

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.

Parades

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 miamisburg200@cityofmiamisburg.org.

 

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.

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