Titles by Subject Matter - Religion / Churches


100 Years of Episcopal Church in Dayton
by Howard Burba Copyright 1930
The history of the Episcopal Church from the first meeting in Dayton on May 15, 1817 to the 1930s. This article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on October 12, 1930

The Baptist Church in Dayton
by Howard Burba Copyright 1934
An attempt to try and trace the first Baptist church in Dayton, which seems to be somewhere around 1806. This article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on February 4, 1934.

Churches in Dayton
Author Unknown Copyright 1937
This informative piece covers the history of churches in Dayton from their beginnings in the city to 1937. To our knowledge this history, written as a WPA project during the Great Depression, has never been published.


The Day They Mobbed the Shakers
by Howard Burba Copyright 1934
In 1810 upwards of 2000 people gathered near where the Shakers lived in Union Village, near Lebanon, Ohio, to drive them away from their lands.  The mob was not successful. The article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on October 7, 1934


Dayton, the Home of Religious Literature
by Howard Burba Copyright 1932
Several publishers of religious material were once in Dayton, including the famous United Brethren Publishing Company. This article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on August 7, 1932


An Early Miami Valley Missionary
by Howard Burba Copyright 1932
The life of Father James Finley, one of Miami Valley's first Christian ministers. The article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on March 6, 1932

Grace Church, Dayton, Ohio
by Charles F. Sullivan Copyright 1943
A history of, and stories about, Grace Church - successor of the old Wesley chapel.


History of the First Baptist Church
by Rev. Henry Francis Colby Copyright 1914
The story of the Baptist Church in Dayton, starting from the petitioning of land from Daniel C. Cooper in 1806 to 1914

History of the Riverdale Churches
by Charles F. Sullivan Copyright 1943
A one-page history of the churches up to the 1940s.

Members of St. Mary Prepare to Celebrate 125th Anniversary
by Carrie LaBriola Copyright 1985
A short history of how the St. Mary Parish started in 1860. The article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on August 12, 1985.

Old Thumper Hymns Still Get the Blood Flowing
by Roz Young Copyright February 24, 1990
Favorite old hymns, including “Shall We Gather at the River?”


The Salvation Army's First Battle in Dayton
by Howard Burba Copyright 1934
How the Salvation Army came to Dayton in 1884. This article appeared in the Dayton Daily News on December 2, 1934.


Seventeenth General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, June 14, 1855
by Dayton Journal Copyright 1855
Names and residences of the Clerical and Lay Delegates who came to the assembly.  Published as a broadside June 1855.

Story of the Chaplaincy, Veterans Administraion Center
by unknown author, Written in 1950
A history of chaplains at the old Soliders' Home, now known as the VA Center, from 1867 to 1950.


Twenty-Five Years in a Dayton Pulpit
by Rev. Dr. Maurice E. Wilson Copyright 1919
A history of the First Presbyterian Church while under Rev. Wilson's guidance, 1890 to 1915


Week-Day Church Schools
Author unknown Copyright 1937
Written in 1937 as one of the WPA projects in Dayton during the Great Depression, the paper talks about the Community Week-Day Schools of Religious Education of Dayton, which offered religious instructions to children.


When World Class Divines Visited Dayton
by Howard Burba Copyright 1934
The days when religious revival meetings shook Dayton "from stem to stern". The article appeared in the Dayton Daily News  on July 29, 1934