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40th Anniversary Commemoration of the Xenia Tornado

Thursday, April 3 at 4:15 p.m. • Xenia Library

On the 40th anniversary of the Xenia Tornado of 1974, commemorate the victims and recognize the resiliency of our community. The City of Xenia, the Greene County Historical Society, and the library are conducting a commemoration ceremony on April 3rd at 4:15 p.m.  The ceremony will take place at the Tornado Memorial in front of Xenia City Hall in the first floor meeting room of the Xenia Library. A reception will immediately follow the event.


Photo Exhibit

In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, stop in at the Xenia library during normal operating hours on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday to see a photo exhibit provided by the Greene County Historical Society. You can also preview the photo exhibit below.




Xenia Library Events

The community is hosting a variety of events related to the tornado, severe weather, and emergency preparedness.


Emergency Preparedness

Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Presented by Doug Cope, XFD


April 3rd, 1974: Then and Now

Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Presented by Catherine Wilson, Greene County Historical Society


National Guard Relief Efforts in Xenia – CANCELED

Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Bill Pierce, Ohio National Guard


Screening of Superoutbreak 1974: A&E Documentary Film

Saturday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m.


The Van Wert Tornado of 2002

Tuesday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m.

A shared experience from another Ohio city struck during the first major outbreak of the 21st century.

Presented by Rick McCoy, Van Wert EMA


The Xenia Tornado of April 3, 1974

Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Presented by Mary Kay Mabe, local historian


Tornadoes and the April 3, 1974 Xenia Event

Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Presented by Jamie Simpson, WHIO meteorologist


Looking Back: Rescue and Recovery Efforts at Greene Memorial Hospital

Thursday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Herman Menapace


Paying it Forward: Xenia 4 Moore, Oklahoma

Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Xenians unite to assist adoptive families in Moore.

Presented by Debby Stephens


2 Responses to “Xenia Lives Remembrance”

  1. Kevin Molli

    As a member in the Ohio Civil Air Patrol Land Resue Team out of Akron, we got the call that evening. I was in Xenia the next morning. We were helping with communications and doing anything requested of us.

    I remember seeing a single wall of the high school standing and rows and rows of land where homes once stood.

    Mostly I remember an old gentleman who came up to me saying that he lost everything. I could only hug him and tell him he was still alive, as he cried on my shoulder. I was only 16 years old then and I still feel that moment.

    Congratulations on recovering.

  2. Paul Gregor

    Thank you for your service in helping our community Kevin

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