Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: June 6, 2012

Summer is great for Ohio road trips to learn more about our great state. The Ohio Humanities Council is supporting a new project using Ohio public radio producers and reporters to reinvent The Ohio Guide.

During the Great Depression, the Federal Writers Project compiled The Ohio Guide to chronicle the state’s history and geography.  The Ohio Guide introduced motorists to some great travel opportunities with driving tours criss-crossing the state. The New Ohio Guide presents updated versions of those tours, and along the way you’ll be able to rediscover the rich heritage and natural beauty that has long made Ohio a great place to visit.

These guides air on 89.7 FM every Monday morning and WOSU’s Sam Hendren produced this one on June 4th about the Catholic college and seminary known as The Josephinum on US highway 23.  Sam is exploring 23 from Marion to Chillecothe in a series of radio programs.  By the way, did you know US 23 starts in Jacksonville, Florida and ends at Mackinaw City, Michigan?

The New Ohio Guide is available for use as you drive the state from the OHC website.  Check it out and enjoy Ohio!


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