Our Dream


We were told this collection should be worth millions.  The auction didn't agree.  If we had made that kind of money, we would have given away a lot, as described below.  These are still great causes and we encourage everyone to support them.

Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation

Bill founded this organization in 2007 after Big Joe's passing & is director.  Our only mission is to pay local musicians to go into public elementary schools, do educational presentations and encourage children to join their school band.  www.BigJoeDuskin.org has all the info and great photos of in-school presentations.

Field Trips

Kids need to get out of their schools and neighborhoods and go to places where they can experience the real world.  We searched for everything we could think of for field trips in the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton area and came up with this list.  We believe all of these provide great experiences for students and should be visited.  They are listed in alphabetical order.

Aviation Trail

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Carillon Historical Park

Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center

Center of Science & Industry

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Observatory Center

Cincinnati Zoo

Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus Zoo

Daniel Hertzler House

Dayton Art Institute

Fort Ancient Archaeological Park

Gorman Farm

Heritage Center of Clark County

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center

National Museum of the U. S. Air Force

Ohio Historical Center

Pennsylvania House

Springfield Museum of Art

Taft Museum of Art

Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Westcott House


Cincinnati was the fastest growing city in North America just prior to the Civil War.  Some people were actually advocating moving the nation's capital here.  Cincinnati was expected to be the largest and finest city in North America.  Until the Civil War.  From September 2-11, 1862, Cincinnati was under martial law.  12,000 soldiers and 60,000 volunteers from throughout Ohio & Indiana crossed a makeshift bridge made of coal barges and started Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright and Fort Thomas.  The Confederate army came within a few miles before retreating.  The city of Florence, KY was under their control.  Having the enemy that close caused businesses to move to Detroit and Chicago, which were smaller at that time.  Then poor, under-educated people of all backgrounds from all over the south moved here looking for jobs.  There was no federal aid back then and Cincinnati has never really recovered.  This is why we still have our inner city issues, similar to other large cities just north of what used to be slave states, like Indianapolis and St. Louis.  Education is the key.