Category Archives: Dayton

See What Happens When You Give A Librarian $100

Leave it to a librarian to come up with an idea so good that Dayton, Ohio will celebrate it all next year. Linda Clatworthy was head librarian at the Dayton Public Library from 1905 to 1913. Her library had sponsored … Continue reading

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“I Hope You Have A Nice Time At The Park Today. Come Back Again Soon.”

Treasured buildings from days gone by. Ingenious objects attesting to American innovation. An attractive setting for learning by doing. There’s nowhere finer to experience this appealing take on the open-air history museum than Greenfield Village, Henry Ford’s famed creation in … Continue reading

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Making Bombs And Breaking Codes…In Dayton?

In the secluded Dayton, Ohio neighborhood of Oakwood, two incredible secret activities took place during World War II. To discover the first one, continue on Oakwood Avenue from Smith Gardens for one more block. Turn left on West Dixon Avenue, … Continue reading

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Flower Lovers Are Welcome To Browse In This Secret Dayton Garden

After months of trying to see it, I was finally there. And then it started raining. The unrelenting downpours looked as if they would go on forever, but we decided to wait it out. Finally, the rain stopped. We approached … Continue reading

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See How Frederick and Calvert Inspired Dayton Veterans

Look at a map of Dayton’s Fairlane neighborhood, and you’d think the names of the avenues were inspired by something like the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois — … Continue reading

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Grow Your Knowledge Of Mary Gardens

A Book of Hours is a beautiful thing. Vivid colors, miniature paintings and hand-lettered texts make these little medieval prayer books extraordinary works of art.   Study the decorative borders framing this devotional text from the collection of The Cloisters … Continue reading

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At Dayton’s Carillon Brewing Company, Wash Down Historic Immigrant Fare With House-Made Beer

My steady diet of comfort food is peppered with historically inspired dishes for which I developed a taste long ago. Thanks to The Williamsburg Cookbook: Traditional and Contemporary Recipes, by Leetha Booth, I whip up King’s Arms Tavern peanut soup … Continue reading

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