Discover Ohio’s influential historical past
Because of its geographic location, natural resources and size, Ohio has a far-reaching and diverse history. The Buckeye State was home to several Native American tribes. As the dividing line between the North and South during the Civil War, Ohio played an instrumental role in the Underground Railroad. The State of Ohio was the birthplace of aviation, and the state was also the birthplace of several U.S. presidents. Revisit history by checking out some of Ohio’s historical gems.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Museum
Located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in East Dayton, the U.S. Air Force Museum is the earliest and largest museum dedicated to military aviation in the world. Numerous exhibits display aircraft from every conflict of the last century. Learn the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the two Dayton brothers famous for constructing the first airplane. For more information, visit http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
Located in Peebles, the Great Serpent Mound is the largest mound of its type ever found. The mound is presumed to have been built by the Adenas, prehistoric people of the area, and consists of a series of underground caves and tombs. The mound measures over 1,300 feet in length. To learn more, visit http://greatserpentmound.com
Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Home and School
As an authoritative general and the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant was one of the most popular and well-respected political figures of his time. Tour Grant’s boyhood home, where he spent most of his childhood, and see the school where he spent his formative years. Located in Georgetown, the home and school have been completely restored. Visit http://www.usgrantboyhoodhome.org
to learn more.
The Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education
As the featured exhibit at the museum, Mapping Our Tears
, allows visitors a glimpse of life during the Holocaust. The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in Cincinnati is a premiere center of Holocaust education in the Midwest and offers eyewitness accounts of life during the time of Germany’s Nazi control. You will have to plan on spending an entire day to allow for plenty of time to view all of the exhibits and artifacts. For more information, visit http://www.holocaustandhumanity.org
The Harriet Beecher Stowe House
As the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe offered a bold look at slavery in the United States. The novel was a spark that fueled the flames of the Civil War and forced Americans to take a look at the daily lives of those born and sold into slavery. Visit Stowe’s childhood home in Cincinnati to learn more about the acclaimed author. Because the Ohio River was a crossing point into the free North during the Civil War, and because Stowe was also a strong abolitionist, information about the Underground Railroad is also included in the artifacts at the house. For additional information, go to http://www.stowehousecincy.org
Learn more about Ohio’s broad history by visiting some of the historical gems throughout the state.