Sylvia D. Miller

Sylvia D. Miller

Sylvia Miller is a retired educator, holding a Masters Degree in English Literature. An accomplished writer and song writer, she has recently written and produced a historical, audio travelogue of the National Road from Wheeling, West Virginia, across Ohio. Featuring thorough scholarship, it also includes songs representing the historic narrative and the cultures of the immigrants who traveled the National Road.

The National Road: A Ride Through Time

The National Road was America’s first national highway. Starting in Cumberland Maryland and continuing to Vandalia, Illinois, it opened the west to settlement and bound East and West into one great nation. This lively program includes slides, audio recordings and live music to present the history, stories and songs of the National Road through Ohio. The speaker presents an educational and entertaining journey across America’s first national highway.


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