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
10:40 am
Sun July 22, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Perkins Observatory

Perkins Observatory

Perkins Observatory is located two miles south of the city of Delaware. It was built in 1923 by a retired professor named Hiram Perkins. Tom Burns has been the observatory’s director for 20 years.

"Old Hiram Perkins never made more than $1200 a year teaching math and science. And yet, because he sold hogs during the Civil War to the Union Army and saved every penny he earned, managed to build what was at the time the third largest telescope and observatory in the world. What a guy!" says Burns.

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Statewide News
10:35 am
Sun July 15, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Maria Stein

The chapel of relics at Maria Stein
Aileen LeBlanc

There's a section of Northwest Ohio where the flat rich farmland is poked by a series of church steeples – like push pins marking places on a map. The churches are topped by Catholic Crosses – as they were built by a sweeping German Catholic immigration, which began back in the 1830s.

Here in Mercer county the Convent of Maria Stein is the heart of it all, built by Father Francis de Sales Brunner in 1846. The bishop in Cincinnati at the time was looking for a German-speaking priest to minister to the growing German Catholic population.

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Statewide News
10:35 am
Sun July 8, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Zane's Trace

Hi I'm Scott Spears and for this Road Trip tour you'll be traveling with me along Zane’s Trace - now Rt 22. This is one of the earliest roads in Ohio. And one of the original towns here is Somerset. It was originally called Middletown because it was midway between Zanesville and Lancaster.

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Road Trip series
10:45 am
Sun July 1, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Defending a Young Nation

Lake Eerie
Flickr Creative Commons user killthebird

A lot of people are surprised to learn that there was a Battle of Lake Erie… but it was one of the most important victories in U.S. Naval history. It happened during The War of 1812. The British Navy controlled the great lakes and could rapidly move troops and supplies, so the Americans built a fleet of ships at Erie Pennsylvania to challenge the British on Lake Erie.

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Road Trip series
10:34 am
Sun June 24, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Paths to Freedom – The Underground Railroad in Ohio

Front Street in Ripley, Ohio

Ripley may seem like just another sleepy town on the Ohio River, but there was a time when it was a filled with secrets and controversies. In the days of slavery, this was part of the Borderlands that slaves crossed in order to make their way north to freedom in Canada. Ohio was always free, but slavery flourished just across the river in Kentucky.

 

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