WAPAKONETA (WTVG) - This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The man who took those first steps on the moon grew up in northwest Ohio. Neil Armstrong spent his early years in Wapakoneta, and we had a rare opportunity to tour his boyhood home.
The Apollo 11 crew lifted off July 16, 1969. Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon July 20, 1969.
A historical plaque sits in front of the former Armstrong family home on Benton Street. While many people are able to visit the marker and the outside of the home, not many people get to see the inside.
Karen Tullis has owned the home since 1988. Neil's bedroom is now her office. She has done an incredible job of preserving the history of the home, and she is proud to share it with the community.
Memorabilia from Armstrong's incredible life once filled the home. During Karen's time at the house, she's found a few treasures that were left behind. She says the items had been tucked away, and were apparently overlooked when the family was organizing an auction at the home.
Karen says she gets goosebumps when she thinks about all the history in the home. She says it has been a blessing to have the house, and she has truly enjoyed preserving it for generations to come. Karen was a history major in college and went on to be a school principal.