Author Archives: dawne

When the Brickyard was an Airfield: Flying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 1910

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the site of one of the country’s first aviation meets, June 12 – 18, 1910. Instead of cars racing around the track, aviators risked their necks flying machines they were still learning how to master, … Continue reading






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Out of the Box and On the Road: Early Manumission Record Part of New Exhibit at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

Special Collections and Archives is pleased to partner with the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio, by providing a rare item from its collections to be featured in their new exhibit, Freed Will: The Randolph Freedpeople From … Continue reading






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Poems from the Past in Honor of National Poetry Month: Dayton’s Own Paul Laurence Dunbar

Voices from the past speak to us through autograph albums, letters, and diaries. In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ll be sharing poems and sayings found in our collections. In Honor of Spring  Poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar  Born in … Continue reading






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