Speaker Series returns at military history museum


FAIRBORN — The Military History Museum in downtown Fairborn will be continuing its speaker series with guest speakers Randall and Lynda Setty at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9.

The Settys are lifelong residents of Springfield and have amassed many unique artifacts from the Civil War and other eras. In their speech on Wednesday, titled “Ohio in the Civil War,” the two will have some of their own pieces on display and answer questions from the audience related to their importance and rarity.

Randall Setty is a business owner and musician with 50 years of experience in the music industry. He now owns the Guitar Attention Center in Springfield. Setty is also a competitive shooter, and as part of the Single Action Shooting Society competes in “Cowboy Action Shooting” competitions regularly.

Lynda Setty worked in the financial and risk management industry for 35 years before retiring, and is now interested in women’s issues during the Civil War. She used to be on the board of directors for the National Graniteware Society and has collected graniteware since the 1970s, along with 19th century ironstone dinnerware, glassware, and coverlets.

The couple is now a part of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association. They are also professional Civil War historians and costume reenactors.

Both the Settys’ fathers served in the military in the mid-1900s, which gave them a respect and admiration for US military history. Randall and Lynda’s parents both took them on many vacations to museums, battlefields, and other historical sites which inspired them to collect the artifacts they will be showing off on Wednesday.

The couple will have a display set up for the event in the main display area that, according to Public Affairs Officer and Board Treasurer for the museum Catherine Beers-Conrad, was a big hit with guests. The Settys now have the opportunity to talk about their antiques to guests and provide context for some of their more eclectic pieces.

The museum will provide snacks and water for guests. Attendance and parking is free and located at 4 E. Main Street.

Contact Ethan Charles at 937-502-4532.

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