Upcoming Events

May

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

          americanveteransheritage.org/patriot-freedom-festival

AVHC News

We’re Already Planning for 2020 PFF

One final batch of photos from the 2019 Patriot Freedom Festival. Thanks again to Judd Plattenburg for the photos. We had a great time this year. Look for us in 2020! And remember, if you'd like to volunteer with the PFF or anything else that AVHC is working on, just...

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A Great Turnout at PFF

We had such a great turnout at the Patriot Freedom Festival. Thanks to everyone who visited us, all of the historic reenactors and all the volunteers.

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15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival

We had a really great time this year at the Patriot Freedom Festival. We thought we'd share some photos of the event with you over the next few days. Thanks to Judd Plattenburg of Oregon Printing for the lovely photos.  

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Last Day of the Patriot Freedom Festival 2019

The final day of the 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival is today. We're open from 9 am to 6 pm. Free admission and free parking. Each period reenactment group explains and teaches how our Veterans lived during their war-time, what they used, where they served. In...

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It’s Lunchtime at the Patriot Freedom Festival

The Patriot Freedom Festival is in full swing at the Dayton VA.  There is so much going on here.  Stop by and observe Memorial Day weekend by learning more about the men and women who served our country. You can get all the details here. In addition to all of the...

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Patriot Freedom Festival Starts Today

Today's the day - the 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival opens at 9 am at the Dayton VA. It's fun for the whole family. Free parking, free admission. What a great way to observe Memorial Day Weekend - learn about our history and the role our vets played in...

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PFF Starts Saturday

The 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the Dayton VA. There's so much to see and do, including all of these historical reenactors, historic societies and living historians. 101st Airborne Division WWII Reenacting Assoc. 27th Infantry...

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PFF Starts Tomorrow – Free Admission and Parking

The 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival starts tomorrow at 9 am at the Dayton VA. There's a lot going on and it's all free with free parking. In addition to all of the historic events, we have all of these things going on too: Barber, Steven Adams – free haircuts for...

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Another Reason to Come to the PFF

Another reason to come to the 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival May 25-26 is the Ohio Motor Pool. Many of the military vehicles on display at the PFF are courtesy of the Ohio Motor Pool. The Ohio Motorpool is a Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA)...

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Daughters of the American Revolution at PFF

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Jonathan Dayton Chapter will be at 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival on May 25-26. The Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890, is a volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to keeping America...

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5th Ohio Light Artillery Reenactors Coming to PFF

5th Ohio Light Artillery will be at our 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival May 25 and 26. Free Admission and Free Parking. The Fifth Ohio Light Artillery LTD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public on Civil War history; they re-enact an actual...

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Patriot Freedom Festival

15th annual Patriot Freedom Festival. May 25-26, 9am-6 pm. FREE admission and parking. Our theme this year is “Honoring Our Military Heritage.” We will have dozens of historical reenactors bringing to life past eras of American history. Food trucks. Kids activities.

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101st Airborne Reenactors at PFF

101st Airborne WWII Reenacting Association will be at our 15th Annual Patriot Freedom Festival May 25 and 26. The mission of the 101st Airborne WWII Reenacting Association is to accurately portray the average combat soldier of WWII in tactical exercises with other...

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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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