Windham explosion to be meeting topic

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During its next meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, the Windham Historical Society will remember the day Windham was nearly blown off the face of the earth 70 years ago.

Very few people today remember March 24, 1943, an otherwise ordinary day shattered by a horrific explosion at the Ravenna Arsenal, a major bomb-manufacturing site that occupies half of Windham Township. Eleven people died in the blast, and until recently, the documents relating to it have been classified by the government.

Kent State University researcher Dirk Remley is one of the first people to have access to those documents, and he will present a talk on "The Accident that Shook Windham: The Explosion at the Arsenal and Its Causes."

Remley is one of the top experts on the social ramifications of the arsenal on Portage County, having done years of research on the topic.

Remley's talk is free and open to the public. It will begin at 7:30 p.m., following a brief organizational meeting of the society under its new president, Grace Krontiris.

Members of the society expressed gratitude to its founder and sole president, Lynnea St. John, as she passes the gavel in the new year.

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