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Dayton Innovation Legacy is a Foundation sponsored website documenting the stories of Dayton’s innovators and engineers in their own words and pictures.


External Links

The 1913 Dayton Flood

A Pictorial History of the Great Dayton Flood

Miami Conservancy District

Dayton History

Ohio History Central



Sources for further reference

Dayton Metro Library Local History Room Online

Lutzenberger and Montgomery Picture Files

Edward Roach – NPS/Dayton Aviation Htg. National Historical Park – prepared the application to list the Club building on the National Register of Historic Places.


Engineers Club of Dayton Members

Thanks to the officers and trustees of the Foundation for their cooperation and support. Thanks also to these Club members for their assistance with this online history:


Staff – Serving for over 25 years, Receptionist/Secretary Brenda McQueen has witnessed much of the club’s history.


Club Library – Open to members

The Engineers Club retains a fascinating history of itself in newsletters, scrapbooks, member directories and other records, thanks to the former presence of a club Librarian.


Newsletters from the earliest issues are in the scrapbooks (below). The Dayton Metro Library contains bound volumes of Engineers Club newsletters from the mid-1940s through about 1980, as well as related literature. This collection nicely overlaps newsletters kept in the Club library, which includes a few scattered copies from the 1950s through the mid-70s, plus near-continuous issues from the mid-1980s to the present. Notable: the Valley of the Giants series profiled prominent members, running between 1985 through 1999. Company profiles also ran in that period.


Amazingly, most newsletters survive from the dawn of the club up through the present. Notices of speakers, dinners, picnics and other events reveal a group with style and panache who had a lot of serious, first-class fun over the years. Perennial hot topics include engineering, national touring speakers and what’s on the menu. The history also inadvertently records our changing society, the roles of women and minorities, Even the ads, graphics and editing styles reveal much about the times, membership and newsletter creators. And then there’s the eternal parking problem.


Scrapbooks contain newsletters, club correspondence, speaker notices and misc. literature from club origin through early 1940s. This nearly overlaps newsletters at Dayton Metro Library.


Printed Member Directories covering different decades can be found in the club library and at the Dayton Metro Library.