The Miami Valley Astronomical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the science of astronomy and fostering the discipline of amateur astronomy. To that end, the MVAS annually engages thousands of individuals through its observatories, stargazes, and outreach programs. The Society operates two premier local observatories: the John Bryan Observatory at John Bryan State Park and the Apollo Observatory in conjunction with the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. The MVAS was founded in 1918 as the Dayton Astronomical Society, and was the first formally organized group of amateur astronomers in the Dayton area. One of its founding members was Colonel Edward Deeds, then president of the National Cash Register Company. For more than 90 years, this Dayton Original has been the face of amateur astronomy in the Miami Valley and one of the larger astronomical societies in the Great Lakes area!