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Heroes of Ohio: : 23 True Tales of Courage and Character

  Here are the true stories of 23 Ohioans who defied the odds. They are men and women, young and old, of many races. Some lived long ago and some are still in the news today. They are our pioneers, our defenders, our inventors, our angles of mercy. When they were told "it couldn't be done," they did it - showing us all how courage and character really do count.

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"You introduce our youth to extraordinary Ohioans ... and remind us all of Ohio's proud history!"
-- Hon. Bob Taft, Governor of Ohio (read more kudos here)

"These are the thrilling stories of real
American heroes - every one of them an Ohioan.
Rick Sowash, a brilliant storyteller and gifted actor,
brings them to life the way no one else can.
You'll be amazed - (and inspired)!"
-James Hope, author of Bountiful Ohio.

The 28 Ohioans featured in "Heroes of Ohio":
(Click on a name to learn more about Our Heroes)

  1. John Chapman ("Johnny Appleseed")
  2. Simon Kenton, frontiersman
  3. Tecumseh, Shawnee chief
  4. Oliver Hazard Perry, naval hero
  5. John Parker, rescuer of slaves
  6. a nameless male slave (accompanying Parker)
  7. a nameless female slave (accompanying Parker)
  8. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author
  9. Jacob Parrott, Yankee soldier
  10. Mary Ann Bickerdyke, Civil War nurse
  11. a nameless wounded Yankee soldier (accompanying Bickerdyke)
  12. Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War general
  13. Thomas Edison, inventor
  14. Granville Woods, inventor
  15. Wilbur Wright, pioneer aviator
  16. Orville Wright, pioneer aviator
  17. Katherine Wright, sister of the pioneer aviators
  18. Januarius MacGahan, The Liberator of Bulgaria
  19. Annie Oakley, markswoman
  20. Jane Edna Harris Hunter, urban reformer
  21. Elizabeth Hauser, suffragette
  22. Jesse Owens, Olympic athlete
  23. Rodger Young, WWII infantryman
  24. Emma Gatewood, senior citizen backpacker
  25. Neil Armstrong, astronaut
  26. Toni Morrison, author
  27. Baldemar Velasquez, labor union leader
  28. Dr. Henry Heimlich, The Maneuver Man

Photos from Rick Sowash's "Ohio Heroes" school performances. To book Rick for your school, click here.

Heroes of Ohio
Softcover $11.95


Annie Oakley Drawing


Heroes of Ohio: Coloring Book

Here is a one-of-a-kind coloring book, based on Rick Sowash’s celebrated book, “Heroes of Ohio: 23 True Tales of Courage and Character.” The coloring book shows what the heroes looked like, how they dressed and the scenes in which they appeared, and is meant to give young readers a glimpse of these colorful heroes —and prompt them to want to learn more! Each of these thrilling heroes has a tale and each tale is told as only Rick Sowash can tell it in the 160-page book...“Heroes of Ohio.”

Free Study Guide
Heroes of Ohio Study Guide

For More information about hosting Rick Sowash in your school, click here.

Rick Sowash with Dr. Henry Heimlich, in the WCET studio with fifth and sixth graders form Bethany School, Glendale.

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