History series to feature Prohibition stories and John Dillinger

Colligan History Project

This fall, the Michael J. Colligan History Project enters new territory with Public Enemies: Hamilton’s “Little Chicago” Era & Its Consequences, exploring the underworld of John Dillinger and his contemporaries from a time when Hamilton was legendary for its vice and criminality.

The series includes:

  • “Business & Ordinary Life in the 1920s and 1930s” with Susan Spellman, Associate Professor of History at Miami University, 7 p.m. February 24 at the Miami Hamilton Downtown Center.
  • “Hollywood Hoods: A Film Series,” hosted by True Crime Historian Richard O Jones.  “The Public Enemy,” 1931, March 3; “The Roaring Twenties,” 1939, March 10; “Dillinger,” 1945, March 17. All programs begin at 7 p.m. at the Miami Hamilton Downtown Center.
  • “John Dillinger and Depression-Era America,”  with Elliott J. Gorn, Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in American Urban History, Loyola University Chicago, Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. 7:30 p.m. April 9, Wilks Conference Center.
  • “John Dillinger: A Dramatic Performance,” with Jeremy Meier, Department of Theater, Center for Performing Arts, Owens Community College, 7:30 p.m., April 21, Wilks Conference Center.
  • Hamilton’s ‘Little Chicago’ Era & Its Consequences,” by City of Hamilton Historian Jim Blount. 7:30 p.m. May 6.


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