On April 13 in Dayton, Ohio a tour led by the Ohioana Library Association will explore the relationship between one of the first published African-American poets and the men who invented the airplane. “A Poetic Friendship: Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Wright Brothers,” will visit Dunbar’s Dayton home and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, and participants will hear African-American poet and Dunbar scholar Herbert Woodward Martin recite Dunbar’s works.
On July 13 in Cleveland, a behind-the-scenes tour of Progressive Field, the home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, will be take place. “Play Ball!” will feature Emmy Award-winning Cleveland sportswriter and broadcaster Dan Coughlin.
“The House That Chic (and Howard) Built” tour on Aug. 17 will look at the architecture and history of Ohio Stadium and include a talk by The Dispatch’s Bob Hunter, biographer of Ohio State football legend Chic Harley.
Additional 2013 tours include one on the life and times of Columbus humorist James Thurber (it includes a live performance of his story How the Ghost Got In); the literature and culture of Ohio’s Amish country; Cleveland’s historic Playhouse Square and the authors who helped save it; and cookbooks and food writing along Gahanna’s Herbal Trail.
Murder- and mystery-writing will be the theme of a “haunted tour” of Cleveland on Oct. 26, just ahead of Halloween.
The series concludes on Dec. 7 at Malabar Farm State Park, and onetime home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, with a reading of the author’s works and a tour of his house.
Some tours include meals and bus transportation. Prices vary, starting at $25. For more information, call 614-466-3831 or visit www.ohioana.org/2013road.pdf.