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    Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Dayton, Ohio
    The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio is a children's science museum that houses an excellent collection of natural history relics and a collection of live animals that are native to the region and state. The educational outreach that encourages the community to become involved in their children's future by providing in-school programming and on-site special programs and the marvelous SunWatch Indian Village that is a sister facility to this museum. The museum is accredited by AAM and affiliated with the Association of Children's Museum ACM, is one of the governing members of the Association of Science-Technology Centers and the Charles E. Exley, Jr. Wild Ohio Indoor zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is the lone planetarium, zoo, science center and aquarium in the city as well as housing the Apollo Observatory, which is an astronomical observatory that is run by the Miami Valley Astronomical Society. The Dayton Museum of Natural History started in 1893 by becoming a part of the Dayton Metro Library and Museum, with many noted Dayton residents donating to the museum, the marvelous collections that these folks acquired as they traveled the world. Even the local natural histories would be contributed and in 1952, a number of city residents organized the Dayton Society of Natural History that would now take the responsibility and care for the collections and converting them into the Dayton Museum of Natural History. The museum's main new construction building on Ridge Avenue was finished in 1958, and by 1991, the new planetarium was added with more space and greater collections flexibility. The society was still very much committed to the inspiration of children, and encouraging them to embrace science as an important aspect of their lives with the displays and programs that were available and entertaining as well as informative and educational. They added a Digistar II planetarium in 1991, and by 1993, a number of city leaders were considering the addition and creation of the Children's Museum of Dayton. They wanted to create the children's museum to reach out and grab children's imaginations, ages two to twelve and create a lifelong love of learning and the world surrounding them. Much work was done towards this aim and the planning for a more permanent facility in downtown Dayton began. As the children's museum began to form, leaders began to notice a lot of similarities between it and the Museum of Natural History, especially their missions, so in the summer of 1995, the two boards began discussing ways to collaborate. By January the next year, 1996, the boards were merged and the Dayton Society of Natural History became the parent organization for the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch. Phases I and II were completed by May 1999 and the name was changed in January of that year to honor Oscar Boonshoft, one of the most dedicated members and friends of the museum.  The museum has a large number of permanent exhibits that include the science on a sphere, hall of the universe, tidal pool, explorers crossing, Bieser discovery center, Oscar Boonshoft science central, Mead tree house, Nesiur the mummy, glowing geology and the discovery zoo.

    National Museum of the US Air Force
    National Museum of the US Air Force Dayton, Ohio
    The National Museum of the United States Air Force was originally called the United States Air Force Museum, and is located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by Dayton, Ohio, and is the world's biggest and oldest military aviation museum. Over 400 missiles and aircraft are shown here, with the majority of them being showcased inside and it welcomes more than 1.3 million visitors each year. The museum began in 1923, when the Engineering division at the city's McCook Field started to collect technical relics for preservation, and then moved in 1927 to Wright Field; where it would be contained in various buildings. It wasn't until 1954 that the museum would be housed in a permanent structure, Building 89 of the old Patterson Field in Fairborn. This old structure had been used as an engine overhaul hangar and numerous craft had to be parked outside and exposed to the varying degrees of weather, staying there until 1971 when the present structure became available. Besides the annex on Wright Field, the museum has more than tripled since its humble beginnings in 1971. This collection preserves many rare and historical aircraft, with a large variety of memorabilia and relics that pertain to the history and development of aviation. Some of the more fabulous aircraft included in the collection are; Bockscar, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the hydrogen bomb on Nagasaki in WWII, the only surviving XB-70 Valkyrie, and one of the last four surviving Convair B-36s. The museum contains a few Presidential planes, especially those used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The most noteworthy is the SAM 26000, the first plane to be called Air Force One, which is a modified Boeing 707 that was used often by Presidents John F. Kennedy through Richard Nixon during his first term, and then was retired to be the backup Presidential aircraft. It is the same plane that took John and Jackie to Dallas on that fateful November day in 1963, when he would be assassinated; and then Lyndon B. Johnson would be sworn in as the next president just after the murder, and it took the President's body back to Washington. A big part of the museum is dedicated to the many pioneers of flight, but especially the Wright brothers, who would perform some of their experiments at the close by Huffman Prairie. A copy of their 1909 military flyer is proudly shown on display as are many other of the brothers memorabilia and relics; with the National Aviation Hall of Fame that also includes many educational exhibits. There is a huge inventory of USAAF and Air Force clothing and uniforms with more than 50 WWII vintage leather flying jackets being showcased, with many of them belonging to some of the most famous flyers of the history of the Air Force. There are a number that have been painted elegantly to depict the planes and missions that were flown by them and this includes; the jacket worn by General James Stewart, P-38 ace Major Richard I. Bong's sheepskin B-3 jacket and the boots, an A-2 jacket that had been worn by one of the pilots that was able to launch his plane during the Pearl Harbor attacks and President Ronald Reagan's pea coat.

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    Dayton Art InstituteDayton Art Institute Dayton, Ohio
    The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is the fine arts museum located in Dayton, Ohio and is ranked one of the top ten art museums in the nation today for kids; as well as ranking in the top 3% of all North American museums in 3 out of 4 categories. In 1919, the museum was started in a downtown mansion, and named the Dayton Museum of Fine Arts, moving into a new facility in 1930 designed by Edward B. Green. The structure was modeled after the casino in the gardens of the Villa Farnese at Caprarola, Italy with the front hillside stairway being modeled after the Italian renaissance garden stairs at Villa d'Este by Rome. You can certainly see it quite well from I75, that goes through the middle of Dayton. The museum was eventually renamed the Dayton Art Institute because of the school that was associated with it and the museum's contents. With 60,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum is large enough to handle plenty of exhibits and temporary or changing ones; and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The museum contains over 20,000 artworks that span 5000 years and in September, 2005, it would be one of the 11 galleries in this country to host the outstanding exhibit; The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt, which was the biggest collection of ancient relics that ever left its home country of Egypt. The museum is an Italian renaissance style structure that sits on top of a small knoll that looks down on the heart of the city of Dayton, and highlights included are, 18th and 19th century American artworks, a splendid contemporary art collection, 17th century baroque paintings and the Asian collection. Complementing these outstanding artworks, the museum often has world-class special exhibitions that draw many visitor from the community and surrounding regions. Some of the most famous works that are housed here include; Allegory of the Four Seasons by Bartolomeo Manfredi; Peter Paul Reubens' Study Heads of an Old Man; Scene in Yosemite Valley by Albert Bierstadt; High Noon by Edward Hopper, Stacks in Celebration by Charles Sheeler, Aurora Red Ikebana with Bright Yellow Stems by Dale Chihuly and After the Bath by Edgar Degas.

     SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
    SunWatch Indian Village Dayton, Ohio
    The SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park is a regenerated Fort Ancient Native American village that is located beside the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio, which had some amateur archaeologists finding some relics and artifacts here in the 1960s. Because of that discovery, the site was professionally excavated during the years 1971 to 1988, and the findings that were discovered here led to the creation of this marvelous old Indian village that would become known as Sun Watch since there was a complex number of posts set in the middle of it that pertained to various astronomical measurements. These ancient people would plan their cultural events around the solar calendar, much like the ancient Hebrews did but their plans were given them by the prophets. The village was opened to the public as an open-air museum with guides and interpretive tours, as well as the continuing excavations that offered special opportunities for school groups and learning adults. The museum's exhibits actually assist in the interpretation of the history and culture of these people, by showcasing many of the relics that were uncovered at the site. Since it is so historical and of much archaeological value, it was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, as well as being made a National Historic Landmark in 1990 because of its wealth of archaeological discoveries. SunWatch had originally been called the Incinerator site, with amateur archaeologists Charles Smith and John Allman doing the original digs; and when the city planned on expanding their sewage treatment plant into the area, the two men contacted James Heilman, the curator of Anthropology at the Dayton Museum of Natural History, planning to get as much possible information about the site to help them stop the expansion of the plant and the subsequent destruction of the archaeological dig. The museum began its excavations in 1971 with this thought in mind, but as excavations continued, a three acre planned stockaded village was believed to have been located there for about two decades, with the unusual astronomical alignments being discovered. Because of these formidable signs, the sewage plant expansion plans were modified and thus saved the village from extinction. In July of 1988, the village was opened after so many years of excavations and research by the Dayton Society of Natural History, and seasonal digs continued until the next year. The park has combined experimental archaeological research, to build the 13th century village in the exact location that it existed, with interpretive center that showcases many of the relics that were discovered here. There are five lath and daub structures with grass thatch roofs, parts of a stockade as well as a native garden and prairie with plants that were available there at the time.

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    The Pine Club
    Appetizers; combo four shrimp & four blue point oysters; shrimp cocktail; broiled lobster half tail; Nantucket cape scallops; blue point oysters on the half shell; marinated herring in sour cream; Pine Club onion rings; creamed spinach. Dinners; include stewed tomatoes or veggie of the day, potatoes, salad & rolls; fresh Rocky Mountain trout; cold shrimp platter, cocktail sauce; French fried shrimp; broiled lobster tails; filet mignon; extra heavy filet mignon; strip-loin steak; extra heavy strip-loin steak, double strip-loin steak dinner for two; porterhouse; bone-in rib eye; roast prime rib; broiled lamb loin chops; broiled veal chop double thick cut; broiled center cut pork chops; calves liver & sautéed onions; braised tenderloin tips with fresh mushrooms; chopped beef tenderloin steak; chicken breast marinated in Pine Club dressing with fresh herbs, served over mashed potatoes.

    Jay's Seafood
    Entrees; include salad & choice of potato or veggie, horseradish mashed potatoes; yellowfin tuna baked, chargrilled or blackened; haddock baked; swordfish baked, chargrilled or blackened; Atlantic salmon baked, chargrilled or blackened; vegetarian entree is goat cheese potato topped with roasted portabella mushroom, red peppers & zucchini served with red pepper coulis; marinated grilled pork tenderloin served with roasted eggplant, cous cous, creamed spinach & olive tapenade; grilled rare tuna is fresh tuna, cooked rare & served with fresh chargrilled veggies & sasabhi; salmon en croute is fresh salmon wrapped in puff pastry & served with lobster sauce; spiced bourbon salmon is salmon with bourbon sauce over horseradish mashed potatoes & sweet potato puree; sautéed walleye served with roasted mushroom ravioli, asiago creamed spinach, roasted grape tomatoes & topped with garlic aioli; sea scallops baked with garlic butter or grilled in dash of scotch, soy sauce & ginger with fresh grilled zucchini; fried shrimp in light beer batter; fried oysters; king crab legs; seafood delight with fried scallops, shrimp, fresh haddock & Alaskan king crab legs; filet mignon; filet mignon with fried shrimp; chicken breast stuffed with fresh basil & mozzarella cheese, pan fried & served over herb pasta with tomato sauce.

 

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    Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Dayton, Ohio
    The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is found in Dayton, Ohio and honors the work of three outstanding men, Orville Wright, Wilbur Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar; and their famous work that took place in Miami Valley, Ohio. The Wright brothers would make important contributions to the history of mankind with their invention of powered flight; self-taught in the science and art of aviation in their bicycle shops. Researching and then constructing the world's first power-driven, heavier-than-air machine that was able to fly above the earth, these two early aviators will live on forever in the annals of aviation. The brothers would perfect their invention during the years of 1904 and 1905 at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field in Dayton, their hometown. Paul Laurence Dunbar would become world famous in a literary world that had been almost exclusively white, by creating a body of works that contained plays, short stories, novels, lyrics and move than 400 published poems, reflecting the experiences of the African American in the United States. He began contributing to a growing social consciousness and cultural identity for the African American; until his passing in 1906. His works would eventually help other developments in the African American history, like the Harlem Renaissance and the early Civil Rights movement; and he was a good neighbor and lifelong friend to the Wright brothers. The park is the results of a coop effort by the National Park Service and four others which include; the Wright Cycle Company complex that contains the Wright Cycle Company building, the Aviation Trail Visitor Center and Museum, and the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. The Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial that is run by the state's historical society, the Huffman Prairie Flying field, and the Wright brothers aviation center at Carillon Historical Park.

    America's Packard Museum
    America's Packard Museum Dayton, OhioThe Packard Museum can be found in Dayton, Ohio is a restored Packard dealership building that was converted into a museum that showcases the 20th century classic Packards and historical Packard relics, as well as memorabilia. The Citizens Motorcar Company sold Packards in Dayton, Ohio beginning in 1908 and then moved into this building in 1917; with the museum's founder and curator, Robert Signom II, getting it in 1991 and then taking extra pains to restore the magnificent art deco structure back to its glorious beginnings. There is the original 20 foot porcelain and neon Packard sign that was taken off the building in the 1940s, and then put back up in its grandeur in 1992 on the corner of Franklin and Ludlow Streets. Since those early beginnings, the museum has grown in stature and size, actually winning the James Bradley Award of the Society of Automotive Historians in 2004. Car Collector magazine named it one of the top ten museums dedicated to the automotive industry and with over 50 magnificent cars on display, from the 1900s Brass era cars to the streamlined classic autos of the 1930s and 1940s into the modern Packards of the 1950s, with a plethora of parts, accessories, war machines, service literature and original sales transactions. One of the most noteworthy items is the Articles of Incorporation of the Ohio Automobile Company that would eventually become the Packard. Some of the magnificent vehicles in the collection include; the 1930 Packard Model 740 Open Front Town Car Custom Body by Fleetwood; a 1932 Club Sedan; the gorgeous 1935 V-12 Convertible, the 1948 Packard taxicab and the notable 1954 Clipper and all are available for limousine rentals.

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    Paul Laurence Dunbar HomePaul Laurence Dunbar House Dayton, Ohio
    The Paul Laurence Dunbar House was the former home of the poet during the years 1903 to 1906 in Dayton, Ohio and is today a museum owned by the state and run by the city's history society. It was made a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and was made a part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in 1992. The house is an Italianate turn-of-the-century building that would become the final resting place of the great poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, showcasing many of his personal belongings and family's furnishings, as well as many literary treasures. During his short life, Paul became well known as the poet laureate of African Americans, gaining insight into society by his observations and the experiences of his parents, both former slaves and giving a voice to that terrible dilemma that still existed long after the Civil War and emancipation, creating a disenfranchised people that still somehow has managed to exist some century later; and so he became a proclaimer of black dignity. Paul was born in 1872, and sick for the majority of his life, finally succumbing to tuberculosis in 1906. Matilda, his mother, would keep a vigilance over his belongings until she passed on in 1934, and within two years, the house was the first state memorial that would honor a black African American. During the years of 2002 and 2003, the site would enjoy a massive capital improvement that has completely rejuvenated and restored the furnishings to wallpaper that were used during the times that Paul and Matilda lived. During that period, a new visitor's center was constructed that houses many interpretive panels about the impressive poet's life. Paul Laurence Dunbar would be the first African American to become famous as a poet, born of slaves and classmate to Orville Wright, who would remain his friend until the end. Paul lived to be only 33 years old, but his prolific writings are and will live on forever, writing novels, short stories, poems, librettos, plays, songs and essays; becoming popular with both blacks and whites, his works are still enjoyed by scholars today. Using the two distinctive and quite different voices of English of the classical poet and the unusual dialect of the black community of that period, much like the blacks usage of different terms, words and sounds of today. One poignant poem is as follows, created in that black vernacular so prevalent among blacks at the time.
    "FOLKS ain't got no right to censuah othah folks about dey habits;
    Him dat giv' de squir'ls de bushtails made de bobtails fu' de rabbits.
    Him dat built de gread big mountains hollered out de little valleys,
    Him dat made de streets an' driveways wasn't shamed to make de alleys.

    We is all constructed diff'ent, d'ain't no two of us de same;
    We cain't he'p ouah likes an' dislikes, ef we'se bad we ain't to blame.
    Ef we'se good, we need n't show off, case you bet it ain't ouah doin'
    We gits into su'ttain channels dat we jes' cain't he'p pu'suin'.

    But we all fits into places dat no othah ones could fill,
    An' we does the things we has to, big er little, good er ill.
    John cain't tek de place o' Henry, Su an' Sally ain't alike;
    Bass ain't nuthin' like a suckah, chub ain't nuthin' like a pike.

    When you come to think about it, how it's all planned out it's splendid.
    Nuthin's done er evah happens, 'dout hit's somefin' dat's intended;
    Don't keer whut you does, you has to, an' hit sholy beats de dickens,--
    Viney, go put on de kittle, I got one o' mastah's chickens."
    This is called "Accountablity, and was written by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

    Carillon Historical Park
    Carillon Historical Park Dayton, OhioThe Carillon Historical Park sits on 65 beautiful acres in Dayton, Ohio, and is a park and museum that has historic buildings and displays that pertain to the history of technology and the city and its people since 1796 to the current day. The main parts of the park are industry, transportation, invention and settlement, with the historical parts being the dreams of Colonel Edward Deeds. The Kettering Family Education Center is the most significant part of the park and hosts changing displays in the National City Exhibit Gallery, a gift shop, snack shop and video about the park. Some rooms have been set aside for any educational presentations that schools or other venues may wish to use them for. The Wright Brothers Aviation center is also here with the John W. Berry, Sr. Wright Brothers Aviation Center that contains the historic 1905 Wright Flyer III, which was the world's first practical aircraft, and was rejuvenated during the period from 1948 to 1950, getting a consultation with Orville Wright before he passed in 1948. The Settlements Exhibits include the Newcom Tavern that was the original home of Colonel George Newcom and his family, the oldest building in the city which was constructed in 1796; the Locus Grove School from 1896 which was a one-room school house used for three decades and the William Morris House that is an 1815 stone cottage. The Transportation exhibits include the original lock of the Miami and Erie Canal, and a canal toll booth, with vehicles that include a Barney and Smith passenger car constructed in Dayton, a 1908 Stoddard-Dayton automobile, 1915 Xenia cyclecar, a Conestoga wagon and an interurban railcar as well as many other types of vehicles used in the city's history. In the invention and industry part, you'll find the Deeds barn, which contains such marvelous inventions like the Liberty aircraft engine, a 1912 Cadillac with the Delco automobile electric system and an early Frigidaire refrigerator; and a print shop that was working up until the 1930s. The park is named for the 151 foot tall Deeds Carillon that was constructed in 1942, which had been funded by his wife, Edith Walton Deeds and had been constructed to commemorate the Deeds family. When it was built, each of the 23 bells had a family member's name inscribed on it with the silent bells having the names of those family members that were no longer with us. Today, the tower has 57 bells and is the biggest in the state, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

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    Dayton International Peace MuseumDayton International Peace Museum Dayton, Ohio
    The Dayton International Peace Museum can be found in Dayton, Ohio and it is the second peace museum constructed in the United States, with the first being located in Chicago. It is a place for everyone to explore nonviolent alternatives to a culture mesmerized by violence. It is not just a traditional museum that exhibits peace related objects of permanent value, but is a vibrant activity center that exists for those individuals that are actively seeking a community and environment of peace. It showcases and highlights those permanent, traveling and temporary exhibitions that feature the vast history and potential of nonviolent solutions to the problems and violence of the world today. The peace museum was started by Christine and Ralph Dull, Lisa Wolters, Steve Fryeburg and J. Frederick Arment. Ralph is one of the state's farmers and his wife, Christine is a former teacher. They were members of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, with Christine being on the National Council for 3 years and long-time peace activists, with Ralph getting the 2009 Pioneer of Ohio Award from Green Energy Ohio and the National EPA Award for Environmental Stewardship in 2010. They both have written the books, Soviet Laughter, Soviet Tears: An American Couple's Six-Month Adventure in a Ukrainian village, that chronicles the work in the USSR in 1989; and their main goal was to just befriend the Soviet people. Ralph wrote Nonviolence is Not for Wimps: Musings of An Ohio Farmer that outlines the basic strategies for creating a modern non-violent conflict resolution, their trip to Iraq and Ralph's musings. J. Frederick Arment is the author of the novel; "Backbeat: A Novel of Physics," and is an educator and marketing strategist as well. Lisa Wolters is a graphic designer and ceramic artist, and Steve Fryeburg is a veteran for peace, former police officer and Director of the Missing Peace Art Space, as well as being a longtime director of the museum. Arment's novel is the first to apply physics to mankind and its current conditions.

    Dayton Visual Arts Center
    Dayton Visual Arts Center Dayton, Ohio
    The Dayton Visual Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio is comprised of a group of artists and art lovers that believe the visual arts are important to the community life of the city offering art exhibitions, gallery talks, professional development activities and numerous kinds of programs to help the contemporary visual art scene. Beginning in 1991, the DVAC has offered a full schedule of contemporary art venues that are free to the community, and include, the ARTtoBUY Holiday Gift show, the yearly Open Members' Show and a preview program that leads up to the yearly art auction that raises funds for specific projects important to the gallery. Notable folks that are associated with the gallery include Jud Yalkut, a world famous pioneer in the field of video art and Bing Davis, as well as Janelle Young, an Ohioan photographer and printmaker working for the gallery and Patrick Mauk, another Ohioan that has taught printmaking at a couple of the four year colleges in the area. The center has become a valuable resource for anyone that cares for art, and is the perfect gathering locale for both artists and art lovers to converse about the commonalities they have and the current exhibitions that are being showcased. The center offers 12 to 18 various exhibits every year, so that you are always going to discover something new and brilliant to show that art is now and happening, expressing in visual media the important or relevant ideas in our society and environment. You will be able to view single, double and group exhibitions that have been mounted by artists and curators, reviewed every six months by a jury of art professionals from around the nation, with themed displays, short shows, and invitationals that encourage the public and artists to come together for an evening of entertainment and showcasing various talent, bringing them into the limelight for just a moment. There are numerous programs for the public to become more involved and be a part of the gallery, with the ability to offer their own insights and ideas about the direction and flow of the gallery and its exhibitions.

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    The Wright B FlyerWright B Flyer Dayton, Ohio
    The Wright Model B is the early biplane that was designed by the Wright brothers in 1910, and the first plane to be manufactured in quantity. As the brothers continued to build based on the basic design of the Model A, the B was the first plane to have elevators on the tail instead of on the front, and was a two-seater with both the pilot and passenger seated on the front edge of the lower wing. The brothers were able to sell their new aircraft to the army and navy as well as their commercial markets, but for the services end of the project, they were used as trainers also. They also sold licenses to make the craft domestically at the Burgess Company, who in turn made the biplane their Model F, to differentiate from theirs, and licenses were also sold in Germany. The Burgess deal was the first license-production of aircraft that had been done in the US, with the majority of the first 100 biplanes being made by them. A modified Model B had been changed to Model EX for exhibition, and was well known after it became the Vin Fiz Flyer for becoming the first plane to fly across the nation. Burgess had planned another refined version to be called Model G, but that never came to fruition. There are at least three known Model Bs in the country today, with an original being displayed at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio that had been used for flight instruction by Howard Reinhart at Minneola, New York in 1916, and last flew in the International Air Races in Dayton in October, 1924. It came to the museum in 1962, put there by Eugene Kettering, chairman of the board of the museum. Another Model B is being displayed at the Hill Aerospace Museum in Ogden, Utah and one is showcased at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, bought from Orville Wright in 1912 by Grover Cleveland Bergdoll. There are another half dozen copies of the biplane at various other centers and museums, including one at the Home of the Wright B Flyers at the Dayton Wright Brothers Airport in Dayton, that also has a flying look alike reproduction. Other variants of the Model B include a single seat sports biplane that is powered by a 35 hp Wright piston engine; the Model EX that flew across country; the Model F that was constructed by Burgess; the Model G that was going to be constructed by Burgess but never was; and the Model G Aeroboat that was produced for the US Navy and almost the same as the Model F. The web site of the Wright B Flyer is a great place to visit and learn so much more about this fantastic invention that changed the world forever and eventually led the world into space exploration and discovery. The web site club has a number of models that are still flying, including a copy of the original Model B biplane and the biplane that was used in the movie the Wings of Kitty Hawk, that was constructed by Karen and Tim Valentine of California, and looks almost the same as a 1911 Wright B Flyers that were built back in the day.

    National Afro American Museum
    National Afro American Museum Dayton, OhioThe National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center is close to Dayton, Ohio and is devoted to informing the public about the African American culture and history from their origins in Africa to the current day using a number of programs that include museum displays, visiting scholars, adult and children's educational programs, oral and visual history and research and publications. One of their featured displays currently happening is the Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by Barack Obama that runs until this December and showcases 90 quilts that commemorates a monumental milestone in this nation's history; the election of an African American, which is really a misnomer since Barack is in fact, half African and half American or Caucasian; but be that as it may, he is still considered an African American and was the first such person to become the commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation on this earth. The exhibits highlights traditional quilts, art quilts and folk-art quilts created by fiber artists of very diverse races, religions, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Their permanent exhibition, From Victory to Freedom: Afro-American Life in the Fifties, takes a backwards look a the experiences of the African American people from 1945 and the end of the Second World War to 1965, when the Voting Rights Act of 1964 was passed and changed the scope and horizon of these persevering people. The display chronicles the struggles, social changes and trends that happened during this marvelous period in our history with a plethora of artifacts and photographs, as well as life sized settings and scenes that showcase the "typical" lifestyles and activities that were prevalent during the 1950s. Some of the more typical lifestyle examples include a beauty salon, barber shop and church interior, finished with pews, choir stand and pulpit; and accompanied by recordings of talking voices and gospel music.  Interspersed throughout the museum are display cases that hold sports equipment, clothes, jewelry, consumer products and other relics of the fifties and set in the center of the museum is a small theater that shows the award-winning Music as a Metaphor, the 27 minute video that follows the origins of African American music that began at its roots in Africa to the music of the 1950s. These venues include classical, gospel, jazz, bebop and protest music as well as such famous artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Domino, Paul Robeson and many others. It is a excellent opportunity for the public to gain an insight into the life and culture of the African American during that prolific period, and leading up to the difficult times of the 1960s that were but a prelude to the Voting Rights act that happened in another decade that was even more tumultuous than the 1950s.

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