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Preservation Dayton Offering Audio Walking Tours In Dayton's Historic Neighborhoods

This scan of an old postcard shows the 100 block of Lexington Avenue in the Dayton View Historic District. The postcard is from around the 1910s.
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This scan of an old postcard shows the 100 block of Lexington Avenue in the Dayton View Historic District. The postcard is from around the 1910s.

New, self guided audio walking tours in 11 of Dayton’s most historic neighborhoods promise to bring the city’s history to life.

Here’s how it works. Log on to preservationdayton.com. Click on Walking Tours and then pick a historic Dayton neighborhood, like Grafton Hill, South Park, or the Oregon District.

Make your way to the starting point in that neighborhood. And then just start the audio on your smartphone and begin your tour.

Monica Snow is the President of Preservation Dayton. She says Dayton has avoided the fate of cities like Cincinnati and Indianapolis, which have lost large swaths of their historic districts to misguided city planning efforts.

“Almost every one of these neighborhoods was going to be leveled under urban renewal, which was the primary planning process back in the 70s," she says. "So there were a lot of early, early leaders in the late 70s and 80s who really tried to change what was then a predominant national policy. We are very fortunate here in Dayton."

The audio walking tours are full of moments of history, and information about the people who built the neighborhood’s architecture.

And if you can’t make the walking tours in person, there are photographs provided on Preservation Dayton website that you can view as you listen to the audio.

But Snow says if you’re able, the best experience is found on the streets of Dayton’s historic neighborhoods.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.