Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center

My oldest has told me that I could be a tour guide of our area because I know a lot of places.  So during April, I’m going to share some of those local sights beginning with A and then ending with the letter Z.  I’ll be sharing these sights Monday through Saturday.  On Sundays, I’ll be continuing to share my Disney photos.

So where are these local sights?  They are mostly in the Dayton, Ohio area.  Some of them are in Columbus or the Cincinnati area.

702a9-20172bbadgeThe Wright Brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar were friends in the late 1800’s.  They both attended the same high school – Central High School.  In fact, Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar were in the same graduating class – 1890.  Only 28 students were in that class, 2 of which were to become famous for two various reasons.

The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center celebrates the friendship and legacy of both young men.  The Interpretive Center is located minutes from downtown Dayton, off of Third Street.
At the Interpretive Center, you will see the only Wright Brother’s bicycle shop that is left in the Dayton, Ohio.  The rest were shipped to Dearborn, Michigan.
Did you know that before the Wright Brothers invented the first plane that they first had a printing press and then a bicycle repair shop?  It was at the bicycle repair shop that they learned about wing warping which made their experiments with flight be successful.
Near the Interpretive Center is the Paul Laurence Dunbar house.  They have limited times that you can tour the building.  You can see where the famous poet lived and then eventually died.  Dunbar influenced other poets such as Langston Hughes.
Dunbar wrote in a dialect that many African-Americans spoke in during the turn of the 20th century.
His legacy lives on with many schools, banks, etc. . . being named after him.
I’ve only been to the Dunbar house once and it was on a school field trip that I chaperoned so I don’t have any photos of the house.
I went on April 4th after work to take photos of the exterior of the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center.  I know there is so much more inside.  On that afternoon, I was limited on time.
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Here is a post from 2010 when the boys and I visited the Interpretive Center.

Tomorrow we are heading to the great outdoors once again.

Have a magical day,

Traci

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