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New Ohio Guide: Huffman Prairie

May 6, 2012

Huffman prairie does not look like much at first. There are no museums or monuments in sight, not many buildings either. In fact, it looks pretty much like a prairie. But this place oozes history in a way few places can. This is where powered flight became practical, where the plane could be controlled and flights didn’t end with faces full of dirt anymore. Huffman is also part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park and here we meet ranger Bob Peterson.

So many things are going on….can you take a long break??? Now there is a play called Gem of the Ocean. This is one of August Wilson's famed "Pittsburgh Cycle," ten plays about residents of that city's Hill District. It's a mixture of fantasy and harsh reality, as 285-year old Aunt Ester leads a community for whom slavery is an all-too-vivid memory.  Visit humanrace theatre.org.

If you like old time Rock & Roll dancing, then Friday evening, Corky’s Band is playing your favorite 50’s, 60’s & 70’s tunes. It’s at the American Czechoslovakian Club, on Valley St.

You can interact with the Wright brothers or Paul Laurence Dunbar on Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 . Go to the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center It’s at the corner of Williams and Third in Dayton.

Oakwood Native's Film Airs Nationwide

Oct 19, 2010
Courtesy of THE GARDNER DOCUMENTARY GROUP

Janet Gardner grew up in the Dayton area, and was inspired by the Wright Brothers to produce her film "Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story". Cooper was a 19th century inventor and philanthropist. WYSO's Emily McCord spoke with Gardner about her upbringing and why Peter Cooper should hold an important place in American history.

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