Dayton History hails its history

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Friends of Dayton History spent as much time looking ahead as behind Thursday as the nonprofit celebrated its 10th anniversary at Carillon Historical Park.

The official steward of Montgomery County history, Dayton History was formed through the August 2005 union of Carillon Park, the Montgomery County Historical Society and the Kettering-Moraine Museum.

The rewards of that union have been great, Dayton History leaders said. The combined assets of the merged organizations were about $25 million in 2005; today, Dayton History’s assets are valued at $40 million, Mike Leesman, chairman of Dayton History’s Board of Trustees, told guests gathered behind the Carillon Brewery Co. on park grounds.

“Not too bad,” Leesman said. “I’ll take that return.”

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