Just as Diana, Princess of Wales continues to inspire people globally, Cincinnati Museum Center hopes to inspire people locally with a companion gallery, Daughters of the Queen City.
Items from Cincinnati Museum Center’s historic collections illustrate a sampling of philanthropic efforts by Cincinnati women from the 1850s-1960s. The gallery also recognizes a modern city of women leading, giving and caring, inviting visitors to learn more about several local organizations at work today.
Daughters of the Queen City features historic gowns and objects of women who raised funds for charity and awareness about issues ranging from the city’s widows and orphans to education and the arts. Drawn from Cincinnati Museum Center’s collections, these gowns range in date from 1853 to 1947 and represent eras of fashion spanning a century.
Daughters of the Queen City also highlights stories of philanthropy at work throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Women featured in the gallery include Olivia Procter Benedict, Helen Pogue Fisk, Josephine Lytle Foster, Carol Ann Homan Haile, Louise Dieterle Nippert, Jennie Porter, Mary M. Emery, Patricia Corbett, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer and Virginia Keys Jones Coffey.
With the creative support from Museum Center’s partner Landor, Daughters of the Queen City presents these gowns and objects in a way that celebrates the collection and captivates visitors. The gallery utilizes video mapping to project media animation onto a wedding dress. A mirror with crowns painted on it invites you to take a selfie of yourself as a princess, complete with a crown. A collection of community partners inspires you to go out and act like one.
As you leave the gallery, you can learn more about how organizations are working in the community today and how you can join them in their efforts. Information is available to take with you from the following organizations:
- YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
- WE Lead
- Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter
- United Way of Greater Cincinnati
- Junior League of Cincinnati
- Impact 100
- Girl Scouts
- Enquirer Women of the Year
- Women’s Alliance
- Advocates for Youth Education
- Links, Inc., Queen City and Cincinnati chapters
Daughters of the Queen City Crest
The objects in the crest of Daughters of the Queen City represent the attributes of all women of Cincinnati:
- The courage, confidence and strength of today’s princess (lioness);
- The depth and grace of their beauty (rose);
- The waters of the Ohio River, an ever moving, ever changing legacy (waves);
- The classically modern style of the Queen City’s princesses (houndstooth pattern).
But being a princess is about individuality, and you can make your own crest in the gallery. A stamp wall allows you to pledge your talents to the Queen City, leaving your mark on the gallery.