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WSU Retirees Association to host guided tour of Carillon Historical Park

Carillon Historical Park

The WSU Retirees Association will host a guided tour of Dayton’s Carillon Historical Park on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.–noon. All Wright State University retirees are invited to join us.

Admission is $9 for visitors aged 60 and over and $11 for visitors under 60. All but two buildings in the park are easily accessible. Free parking is available in the park. You may pay at the time of admission, but you must RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 4, by contacting Mary Gromosiak at mary.gromosiak@wright.edu or (937) 974-4010. You are welcome to bring a guest.

Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre open-air history museum that serves as the main campus for Dayton History. The Park is comprised of historic buildings and exhibits concerning the history of technology and the history of Dayton and its residents from 1796 to the present. The major sections include settlement, transportation, invention and industry.

Historical elements of the park were the brainchild of Colonel Edward Deeds. A renowned engineer, inventor, and industrialist, Colonel Deeds was a close friend and colleague of fellow Dayton luminaries Charles Kettering, John H. Patterson, and Orville Wright. Colonel Deeds co-founded Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (DELCO), the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, and the Engineers Club of Dayton, and served as the third CEO of National Cash Register (NCR).

In 1950, Carillon Historical Park’s museum complex opened with the purpose of showcasing the region’s industrial innovations, transportation achievements, and Dayton’s contributions to world progress. Since construction first began on Deeds Carillon in 1940, the dreams of Edith and Edward Deeds have evolved into a beautiful 65-acre campus—designed by the Olmsted Brothers (the famed landscape architects responsible for Central Park)—containing dozens of museum buildings and countless artifacts.