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This webpage provides a brief synopsis and access to programs that have been presented at the monthly meeting of the Dayton Historical Society. Recordings did not begin until June 2017. The programs are animated slideshows with an audio track that have been uploaded to the Society's YouTube site. 


Use page arrows at bottom to scroll through list of programs. 

Click on image to left of each program description to watch the animated slideshow presentation - sound is essential.

Click on "Report" icon to right of each program description to read meeting minutes. 

Sep 25, 2017

History of Eastgate & the Janacek Family

Presented by Danny Bode

Danny Bode shares insights regarding the origins of Dayton's Eastgate community along with details regarding the family history of the Janacek family. Program is 32 minutes in length.

Jan 29, 2018

Theo Melancon - Background & Approach

Presented by Dayton City Manager Theo Melancon

Dayton's new City Manager, Theo Melancon, provides insights regarding his education, past experience and approach to managing growth and development.  Program is 33 minutes in length.

Oct 30, 2017

Presented by Nancy Otto

Nancy Otto displayed Texas Capitol Ornaments that she has collected since 2005 while her husband John Otto served as State Representative, District 18 in the Texas House of Representatives. She talked about Texas history associated with each ornament.  Program is 20 minutes in length.

Jul 31, 2017

The Life & Times of Rufus Elmer Williamson (1887-1975)

Presented by great-grandson Wes Williamson

Wes Williamson provided a biographical look at the life of his great-grandfather Rufus Elmer Williamson including personal and professional insights based primarily on experiences written about by Rufus. Program is 25 minutes in length.

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