Road Trip!

Sundays during WYSO Weekend, Mondays duing Morning Edition and Excursions

In 1940, the Federal Writers Project produced a massive book detailing the scenic treasures and everyday life along Ohio’s roads - roads that went through the big cities as well as through farmland and tucked-away places. Seventy years later, the roads have changed and the pulse of the people is different – in some places. Picking up where the Federal Writers Project left off, the Ohio Humanities Council has announced the launch of the Road Trip! radio series and The New Ohio Guide Audio Tours at SeeOhioFirst.org. This new guide takes those older routes and gives them a 21st century twist, recreating them as free downloadable audio tours, and the Road Trip! radio series.

 

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Road Trip Series
10:30 am
Sun September 30, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Ft. Recovery

Ft. Recovery
Flickr Creative Commons user OZinOH

After the Revolutionary War, the frontier was Ohio. Crossing the Ohio River from Kentucky was crossing the threshold to the new land. The pull of the unknown territory was vast fertile terrain, ownership and possibilities for the new country of America to expand and gain power. But there were several nations of Indians who were not all for these plans.

"We had two major Indian battles. One was in 1791 and the other in 1794," says Helen LeFevre, president of the Ft. Recovery Historical Society.

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Road Trip series
10:35 am
Sun September 23, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Oak Openings

A boardwalk at Oak Openings, part of Toledo MetroParks
Flickr Creative Commons user kcolwell

Just west of Toledo is the Oak Openings MetroPark, a 4000 acres site that preserves an amazing ecosystem of oak savannahs, abundant wildlife and extremely rare plant species.

"The Oak Openings to the untrained eye, looks an awful lot like a regular oak forest or perhaps just a wet area, the beauty of the Oak Openings is up close. Its not the first glance to get you it’s the second and the third and the fourth that draws you in," says nature photographer Art Weber.

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Road Trip series
10:35 am
Sun September 16, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Cleveland

Cleveland
Flickr Creative Commons user Dougtone

You can still see the industrial history of Cleveland. Start at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River where Moses Cleaveland stepped ashore from Lake Erie in 1796. That natural resource had already been long used for transportation inland by Native Americans. But George Washington had an idea on how the country could expand West– build a canal that could link to the Erie Canal. With that, farm produce deep inside Ohio could be shipped to markets back East.

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Road Trip series
10:35 am
Sun September 9, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Art and Utility

Pieces made by the Camrbidge Glass Company in the 1920s
Sandra Sleight-Brennan

From the outside the National Museum of Cambridge Glass doesn’t look out of the ordinary. It’s in an old 1960s era building that could have been a bank. But once you get inside, the museum sparkles.

Sharon Miller and Lindy Thaxton volunteer at the Museum in Cambridge, Ohio. They filled me in on the history as they gave me a tour.

"What I think is really neat about the Cambridge Glass Company and their colors is that as history evolves, as people change, the colors change," says Miller.

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Road Trip Series
10:35 am
Sun September 2, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Zane’s Trace – A Road into the Wilderness

Chillicothe
Scott Spears

Zane’s Trace was one of the earliest roads in the state but the site we’re visiting today predates that early road. The Hopewell Culture National Historical Park traces a culture that goes back  12,000 years.

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