Treasures in Black & White: Historic Photographs of Cincinnati

April 25 – Oct. 12, 2014

South Gallery, Cincinnati History Museum

For the third installment of our Treasures exhibit series, we drew from our vast historical photography collection at Cincinnati History Library & Archives and assembled an exhibit featuring photos from the outbreak of the Civil War to the 1960s. You’re invited to look through the photographer’s lens and revisit images that document Cincinnati’s neighborhoods, architecture and people from this tumultuous century.

As you walk through the exhibit, take a closer look at nearly 60 large-format prints of the best black-and-white historical photographs we found in our collections. Based on the 2006 book, Historic Photos of Cincinnati by Cincinnati Museum Center and Turner Publishing Company, the exhibit documents a century in the life of the Queen City (1860-1960) and includes images of World War I, World War II and the flood of 1937.

In addition to the fascinating snapshots, the exhibit showcases historical artifacts, archival materials, and other visual media from the museum’s collections that will give you context and help bring the images to life.

Treasures in Black & White is Museum Center’s contribution to Cincinnati Remembers WWI, Cincinnati Opera’s citywide series of events commemorating the centenary of the First World War.


From left to right:

The canal boat West Carrollton and crew docked along the Miami and Erie Canals, 1905. This section later became Central Parkway.

A makeshift barricade of planks and overturned wagons was hastily thrown together during the 1884 Courthouse Riot to protect the Hamilton County Jail.

Known as the Cincinnati Cobra, Ezzard Charles became the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion by defeating Joe Louis in 1950. In 1951 he lost the title to Jersey Joe Walcott.

Famed entertainer Liberace signs Ruth Lyons' guest book after an appearance on the Fifty-Fifty Club in 1959.


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Admission is free to Members or with Cincinnati History Museum admission or an All Museums Pass.



April 25 - Oct. 12, 2014

Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, FotoFocus

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Cincinnati Shadow & Light: The Photographs of Michael Keating

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18
Reakirt Auditorium

Join us for a retrospective display of Cincinnati-based photographer and Emmy-award winner Michael E. Keating’s images and discover Cincinnati’s beauty while getting a glimpse of the harsh realities of everyday life in the city. Go behind the scenes with him as he recounts decisive moments in professional sports and feel the grit and drama while he tells the stories behind life-changing, breaking news photographs. A book signing will follow the lecture. Learn more