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Little Known Facts About Dayton, Ohio

Provided by LaTonya Branham, author of

CultureSeek: Connecting to African and African-American History


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Dayton History at Carillon Park

1000 Carillon Blvd. | Dayton, Ohio 45409 | 937.293.2841

Dayton History is Montgomery County’s official historical organization. Consisting of Carillon Historical Park, the Archive Center, Hawthorn Hill, Patterson Homestead, Old Court House, Memorial Hall and Old River Park, Dayton History brings the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, presenting and promoting the region’s past.

National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center near Dayton

1350 Brush Row Road | Wilberforce, OH 45384 | 937.376.4944 or 800.752.2603

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center near Dayton aims to educate the public about African American history and culture from African origins to the present through a variety of programs, including museum exhibits, research and publications, visiting scholars, oral and visual history and adult and children’s educational activities. It’s in historic Wilberforce, Ohio adjacent to Central State University.

National Museum of the United States Air Force

1100 Spaatz Street | Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433 | 937.255.3286

The National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the service’s national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story. Each year more than one million visitors come to the museum to learn about the mission, history and evolving capabilities of America’s Air Force.

The museum is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum featuring more than 400 aerospace vehicles amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Thousands of personal artifacts, photographs and documents further highlight the people and events that comprise the Air Force storyline, from the beginnings of military flight to today’s war on terrorism.

Oregon Historic District

East Fifth Street, Dayton, OH 45405

In 1965, the Montgomery County Landmark Committee acknowledged the Oregon District as the oldest neighborhood in Dayton. Today, the refurbished homes that line the streets show structural designs that date between 1830 and 1910. Visitors to the district enjoy seeing the Federal, Victorian and Queen Anne period homes; there are many charming shops.

Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial

219 Paul Lawrence Dunbar Street | Dayton, OH 45401

This Italianate-style home belonged to the renowned African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar and his family overcame many difficulties. His parents were freed Kentucky slaves, and Dunbar himself battled tuberculosis his entire life. Furnishings, articles of clothing, and original works on display illustrate Dunbar’s inspiring “rags to riches” life.

Sun Watch Indian Village

2301 West River Road | Dayton, OH 45418 | 937.268.8199

In the 1200s, the Native American Fort Ancients tribe settled here, but it wasn’t until the 1960s when excavation workers were beginning a sewage treatment plant project that the site was uncovered. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the site has been preserved and gradually refurbished, and now offers a fascinating look.

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