Upcoming Events

May

  • May 25-26 – Patriot Freedom Festival.  9 am to 6 pm on the Dayton VA Campus.  

AVHC News

Grotto Gardens Featured at National Event

The historic Grotto Gardens at the Dayton VA Medical Center is front and center in a new national exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. from January 31 through October 15, 2019.  The exhibit, Celebrating New American Gardens, showcases 21 gardens from...

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Volunteers Needed for Festival

We're in the planning stages for our biggest event of the year - the Patriot Freedom Festival. This year, it will be held May 25-26 and we need volunteers! If you help out with any part of the event, we'd greatly appreciate it. Plus, you are guaranteed to have a good...

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Please Welcome our New AVHC President

AVHC is happy to announce that Glenn Costie is our new president. Glenn is the former CEO of the Dayton VA Medical Center and is currently Chief of Veteran Services at Ohio's Hospice. Please take a moment to welcome Glenn. And let's also take a moment to give a hearty...

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Putnam Library Photos

The interior of the Putnam Library is full of beautiful detail, highlighting the need to restore this historic structure.

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Fisher House Dedication

Dedication of the Fisher House at the Dayton VA Medical Center. Kudos to Fisher-Nightingale House, Inc and the Foundation for their quick response to this vital need at the Dayton VA.

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AVHC’s new Video

We have just finished a new video that highlights the mission of AVHC. Thanks to Dave Neuhardt for hosting it.

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Photos from the Beer Garden Party

The AVHC Beer Garden Party last night at Troll Pub was a great success. We filled the place, had a lot of fun, and raised some funds for our mission of preserving and restoring the historic buildings at the Dayton VA. Thanks everyone for coming out for this Party With...

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A Beer Garden Party!

$10 cover charge at door will benefit the mission of the American Veterans Heritage Center. Imagine: "In the chill night air our Civil War ancestors sat around their campfires sharing stories of the battlefield, remembering their fallen comrades and thinking of home....

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Fisher House Dedication

Exciting news!  The dedication for the Fisher House has been set - Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 2 pm.  You can get your free tickets to the dedication on Eventbrite.  Click Here to Learn More.   Here's a description of the event: You are cordially invited to the Dayton VA...

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Gettysburg Gate is Open

The Gettysburg entrance is now open once again. If you use 35 West, take the Gettysburg exit. You will now access the Dayton VA straight across from this exit! Once in, your first left is the road to the Grotto Gardens. Parking is available in the lower area of the...

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In the News

A story about the Dayton VA's Home Chapel in the Dayton Daily News.    

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Party with a Purpose

Please join us for an evening of mirth and merriment as we partner with “Party with a Purpose!” Help us to honor our military heroes!  

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Inside the Protestant Chapel

The Protestant Chapel, before and after. It took a lot of work to get the Chapel restored to it's original use. Today, it serves the spiritual needs of veterans on a daily basis. (Before photo courtesy AVHC volunteer Robert Makley)

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Lincoln’s Promise Event

Thanks to everyone who joined us for today’s Lincoln’s Promise event at the historic Putnam Library at the Dayton VA. You can help us bring this memorial of The Great Emancipator to reality by donating to the AVHC or by purchasing a memorial brick.

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Dayton VA 150th Anniversary Celebrations

The Dayton VA is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year with events paying tribute to the Soldiers Home, the Veterans and their families who served and sacrificed for the past 150 years! Activities began in January and continue through December. Visit...

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13th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival

May 27-28, 2017 – The Patriot Freedom Festival in 2017 celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Dayton VA Medical Center, which was then known as the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The 2017 event, our 13th Annual Festival, will focus on 150 years of...

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Grotto Garden Party

Our Garden Party in the Grotto was a great success! Many came to discover the beauty of the Grotto Gardens at our “Edwardian” period party. Great food and entertainment was provided as well as a charming setting and distinguished company on a lovely afternoon. Many...

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12th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival

Our 12th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival is May 28-29, 2016 from 11AM – 6PM both days! The kick-off for the event is the Opening Ceremony, at which we will honor and recognize our “Women in the Military.” Throughout history women have not be recognized nor credited...

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100 years ago…

Pancho Villa (5 June 1878-20 July 1923), a Mexican Revolutionary commander of the Constitutionalist Army’s “Division of the North,” was wreaking havoc against the Mexican Government. Villa is credited with decisive military victories in Mexica, leading to the ousting...

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2015 Reflections 2016 Goals

January is traditionally a time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the year to come. A number of our American Veterans Heritage Center members were invited to send in their thoughts and we thank them for their submissions… Dennis Samic, AVHC, Executive Vice...

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Do You Know The History Of Veterans Day?

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or...

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What Will You Do On Veterans Day?

With Veterans Day just a week away, many are making plans to honor our veterans at various venues across the Miami Valley. What will you do on Veterans Day? Miami Valley Military History Museum 9AM – 5PM, Tours and Open House; located at the Dayton VA Campus on Ohio...

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“Getting To Know You”

Our volunteers have been hard at work! They set up information tables at many venues over the last month, to spread the word about AVHC and our activities and events, including the two 5K Runs we have on the VA Campus and the Patriot Freedom Festival. We are working...

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2016 Patriot Freedom Festival News

BREAKING NEWS! The THEME for the 12th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival is “Honoring Women Veterans.” Our purpose is to recognize and honor our women veterans throughout the history of our country. The Festival will begin with our Opening Ceremony at which several women...

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Dale Huffman

It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our friend and AVHC Honorary Trustee and supporter, Dale Huffman. HUFFMAN, Dale Myers, age 79 of Miamisburg, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Kettering Medical Center following many years of illness. Dale was...

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The VA grotto gets a makeover

OSU Master Gardeners help with landscape projects (Originally published in the Dayton Daily News on Friday, July 5th, 2013) DAYTON — Volunteers at the Veterans Administration Old Soldiers Home facility on Gettysburg Road in Dayton are digging up the bones of a garden...

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2015 Patriot Freedom Festival

The 11th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival – held May 23-24, 2015 was a great success because of our many volunteers, reenactors, entertainers, and our vendors! We had an estimated 10,000 attend the Festival this year – much of that due to the advertising we did with...

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11th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival

We cannot begin this newsletter without acknowledging the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, April 30, 1975. To all of our military who served, but especially those who served “in country,” we say a heartfelt, “WELCOME HOME” and “THANK YOU” for your sacrifice and...

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Focus On Our Volunteers!

Louise Stephens 1937 - 2014 Louise Stephens was a long-time volunteer for the Patriot Freedom Festival. She helped with so many different things, but the last few years, she was involved with the “AVHC Shop.” Louise knew more about the history of the Dayton VA Medical...

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State Historic Preservation Office Awards

Each year, the State Historic Preservation Office recognizes achievements in historic preservation by presenting awards in Public Education and Awareness, and Preservation Merit. One of the 2014 Preservation Merit awardees is the American Veterans Heritage Center and...

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Focus On Our Volunteers!

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our volunteers. Robert Kincses, a Marine Corps Veteran who is on our AVHC Board of Trustees as well as the AVHC Events Committee, is influential in bringing people together for a common cause. Robert has always been...

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Volunteer Recognized in Special Ceremony

Michael Turner, a Marine Corps veteran, volunteers with the AVHC Events Committee. Michael is well-known throughout the Dayton VA community as a veteran, a patient and a volunteer. Mr. Turner served in the Marine Corp. with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines Alpha Co. at 29...

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Grotto Garden and Tree Dedication Ceremony

The Dayton VA Medical Center recognized its donor’s contributions to the Historic Grotto during the “Grotto Garden and Tree Dedication Ceremony on Monday, August 18, 2014. The event was held in the Grotto near Building 320 in collaboration with the Greater Montgomery...

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Putnam Clean-up Project

Thanks to AVHC volunteer Doug Bahun, all the surplus books have been cleared out from the first and second floors of the building! Over the years we've given books away, had sales at the PFF etc., but it would have taken forever to move all these. Doug contacted Chip...

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Veterans Day DAY 5K Run/Walk/Roll – November 9

This 3rd Annual Veterans Day 5K at the Dayton VA is scheduled for Sunday, November 9 and starts at 2:30 PM. This will be the third year we have had this race in honor of Veterans Day and it will benefit the efforts of American Veterans Heritage Center (AVHC). If you...

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Grotto Garden and Tree Dedication Ceremony – August 18

The Dayton VA Medical Center will recognize its donor’s contributions to the Historic Grotto during the “Grotto Garden and Tree Dedication Ceremony" on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM. The event will be held in the Grotto near Building 320 in collaboration with the...

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10th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival

Our 10th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival was a milestone achieved. We had an estimated 6,000 guests who enjoyed music, vendors, living historians, food, and a beautiful weekend. We hope you were able to attend, but if not, you certainly missed a great event! The...

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Come to our 10th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival!

Mark it on your calendar! Make your plans to attend our 10th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival! This is our major event every year and every year it gets better. We have a lineup of entertainment, events, activities, reenactors and vendors to be matched by no other...

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Our Volunteers

Our dedicated volunteers are an essential part of our organization. The AVHC Events Committee works hard to bring events to the VA Campus. Our Board of Trustees is an all-volunteer group. We also have volunteers who work in the office a few times a week, and we have...

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History of Bldg 120 Putnam Library

The Patient Library, or Putnam Library, (Bldg. 120) was erected in 1880 and was originally used as the Quartermaster's Building. In 1891, it was converted into a library to house the Putnam and Thomas Libraries. Both Libraries were originally kept in the Headquarters...

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9TH Annual Patriot Freedom Festival Hailed A Success!

American Veterans Heritage Center’s 9th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival, which was held this past May 25-26, was enjoyed by approximately 4,500 guests and participants. We do hope you were able to attend. Be sure to mark next year’s calendar for our 10th Annual...

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Authors Book Signing April 27 At the Historic Putnam Library

On April 27 from 10 AM – 2 PM in the Historic Putnam Library, (Bldg 120) on the grounds of the Dayton VA Medical Center, the American Veterans Heritage Center and the Miami Valley Military History Museum will host twelve authors for our first Military Authors Book...

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