Area briefs

Backyard birds program set

TROY — The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will present “Backyard Birds for Winter” at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series at 10 a.m. Oct. 5.

The session will be taught by Miami County Master Gardener Marian Moeckel who will give tips on attracting beautiful songbirds and other colorful birds to your yard this winter. Learn how to provide ample shelter and water for the birds you desire to attract. Feeder information on what works and what doesn’t will also be discussed. Get practical info on where to obtain supplies and the best combinations of feed to attract a variety of beautiful birds during the winter months.

The session will be held at the Elizabeth Township Community Center, 5760 E. Walnut Grove Road, Troy. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required by Oct. 3. For more details contact the extension office at 440-3945 or

Traveling exhibit offered

PIQUA — The Piqua Public Library is currently featuring a traveling exhibition by Ohio History Connection and National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center. Freed Will: The Randolph Freedpeople From Slavery to Settlement will be on view until Nov. 1.

The Randolph Freedpeople exhibit explores one of the largest emancipations in American history, in which nearly 400 former slaves journeyed from Charlotte County, Va., to the Miami Valley of Ohio. The 19 panels allow visitors to follow their history from freedom, their grueling pilgrimage, legal battles, and community building in the present day.

The exhibit includes original artwork by Piqua artist Linda Hamilton who painted a scene from the Freedpeople’s journey north and the black public school in Rossville. Also included is the Mills Brothers guitar, donated to Helen Gilmore and the Rossville Museum and Cultural Center. Gilmore, a Randolph descendant, and her husband, bequeathed the museum’s contents to the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.

The display is open in the Horace Rollin Gallery on the second floor of the Piqua Public Library, located at 116 High St.