Last weekend, at the 2015 Ohio Museums Association (OMA) Conference, Dayton History was voted the winner of the Institution of the Year Award thanks to the help of a letter of support from the Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The OMA was particularly impressed with the addition of the Carillon Brewing Company as a fully immersive, family friendly educational experience that has never before been offered in the state or the country. Tanya Brock, the Carillon Brewing Co. Manager and Brewster, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
According to Johnna McEntee, Executive Director of the Ohio Museums Association, “Institution of the Year is the highest honor the Ohio Museums Association can bestow upon a member museum. This award is not compulsory, nor is it always bestowed annually, but is given to recognize outstanding institutional accomplishments in the field of Ohio museums.” McEntee also mentioned that “Dayton History’s Carillon Brewery Company is an example of an innovative project with ambitious outreach to enhance how the organization serves their public, while staying true to mission.”
Carillon Brewing Co. is a fully operational 1850s style brewery, restaurant, and educational experience. Guests get to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the brewing process as our Brewster and her assistant demonstrate mid-19th century brewing methods from the well to the mug. An exhibit featuring the history of brewing in the Dayton area is a main feature of the building. Everything from the architecture to the costumes helps to share the story of the Miami Valley’s rich brewing history.
Dayton History is Montgomery County’s official historical organization. The organization boasts multiple campuses in the greater Dayton, Ohio area: Carillon Historical Park, Hawthorn Hill, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site, the Patterson Homestead, the Old Court House, Memorial Hall, the Archive Center, Carillon Brewing Co., and the National Aviation Hall of Fame Learning Center. Dayton History brings the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, presenting, and promoting the region’s past. For more information, visit www.daytonhistory.org
We are deeply thankful for the continued support by the community. It is wonderful to see so many people are interested and excited in our unique, sensory exhibit where history is experienced through each pint and plate we serve.