LIMA — The Allen County Historical Society will hold its 112th annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Allen County Museum Folsom Auditorium, 620 W. Market St., Lima.
Steve Lucht, curator at Dayton History, will be the guest speaker. The event is free and open to the public.
Mr. Lucht has been the lead Curator at Dayton History since 2018. From 2007 to 2016, Lucht worked as a Collections Assistant, Site Manager, Lead Interpreter and Historian at Dayton History. With an extensive education relating to his work, Lucht attended Ohio University where he received a BS in Communications. He continued his studies, receiving two master’s degrees: an MA in Mass Communication from Miami University of Ohio and an MA in Public History from Wright State University. In his early career, Mr. Lucht worked as a freelance archivist, research assistant, and project historian at various organizations in Dayton.
This presentation titled, John Dillinger: The Unfortunate Link Between Dayton and Lima, has a close connection to Allen County’s history. As Montgomery County’s official historical organization, Dayton History recently opened an exhibit called Bootleggers, Bandits and Badges: From Dry Times to Hard Times in Dayton, Ohio. While the exhibit focuses on Dayton during Prohibition and the Great Depression relative to crime and law enforcement, one particular aspect of the exhibit will forever link the histories of Dayton and Allen County: John Dillinger. Mr. Lucht will highlight that link and tell about Dillinger’s love affair with Dayton and how that brought him to justice, back to Allen County to await trial and the tragedy that followed.
Please join the Allen County Museum board and staff in welcoming Mr. Steve Lucht to the museum’s Folsom Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. as he shares a PowerPoint presentation, while also providing information about the current exhibition on view at Carillon Park in Dayton through December 2021.