About the Arena History Project


The Dayton History Project (DHP)

The Arena History page was made possible by the efforts of a large number of people. First among these were the history majors at the University of Dayton. Two semesters of senior history majors worked collectively to conduct the archival research, interviewed key figures in the Arena’s history, write histories of the buildng, and then built this webpage.  Without them this page could never have been built. Another major contributor to this website were the archivist and librarians at the University of Dayton, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright State Archives and Special Collections. They worked tirelessly with the students to dig-up information on the Arena. Moreover, they and the institutions for which they work have generously allowed the webpage to reproduce some of these historical artifacts. Others in the city also played a major role. We received encouragement and support from the UD Athletic Department and the UD Administration.  We also worked closely with the staff of the Living and Learning Center at UD. We received financial and logistical support from the University of Dayton Office of Experiential Learning, and the University of Dayton Department of History.  For further details about each of these groups and the many others who supported the construction of this site, visit the pages linked below.

The Arena History page is part of the Dayton History Project, a series of interconnecting pages created by Dr. James Todd Uhlman, other faculty at University of Dayton, and the departments history majors. Students in the departments senior history capstone seminar collectively conduct research on a topic, write a history of it, building a website, thereby transforming their work into a teaching tool for K-12 teachers , University classrooms, and the community as a whole.  The goal is to provide history majors at the University of Dayton with hands on experience of working collaboratively in creative work environments. They gain valuable computer abilities to augment the hard won research and knowledge production skills they learn as history majors. Another goal is to cross the campus and community divide, giving the students on the program an understanding of their connection and responsibility to the world in which they live.

To learn more about the Dayton History Project, or DHP, click on the image link above and visit the DHP homepage.

One of the DHP’s objectives is to create a digital history trail for the city of Dayton.  The trail will consists of websites created by UD students exploring the rich historical heritage of the city.  The map below captures some of the future projects that the DHP hopes to undertake.  The yellow circles reflect future projects and those in blue, research & websites already created.