Great Dayton Flood of 1913 Depicted in New Traveling Exhibit

The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 was a catastrophic, yet defining, event in Dayton’s history.


Out of this tragedy came a great community spirit of generosity, strength, and accomplishment in preventing another flood of such devastating proportion. The community commemorates the centennial of this event to reconnect with the past and understand its lasting legacy on our history and physical landscape.

The Wright State University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives created a free traveling exhibit consisting of captivating photographs and primary sources to tell the story of the flood on three, free-standing fabric panels each measuring 33.5″ wide and 84” tall. An in-depth brochure accompanies the exhibit in addition to a website offering an image gallery.

1913 Dayton Flood Traveling Exhibit

1913 Dayton Flood Traveling Exhibit

The exhibit debuts at the January 24 performance of the WSU Theatre’s 1913: The Great Dayton Flood (call the Theatre Box Office at (937) 775-2500 for available tickets; performances: Jan. 24 through Feb. 10). The Archives’ website lists where and when the exhibit is displayed and provides a request form to borrow the exhibit. Any organization or institution is welcomed and encouraged to borrow the exhibit for a two-week period. Please complete the online form or call (937) 775-2092. For additional information, please see the 1913 Flood FAQ or email us.

This exhibit is made possible through the generosity of a Wright State University Friends of the Libraries’ Staff Grant and the Dayton office of Battelle Memorial Institute. Thanks to their support, the 1913 Dayton Flood Traveling Exhibit is available at no cost, with the exception of shipping if needed.

Take this opportunity to share the Dayton Flood story with your community.

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