All sessions are on the third Friday of each month at noon at the Forest Park Senior Center.
November 17: Twentieth Century Cincinnati
During the 20th century, Cincinnati moved from one of the worst governed cities to one of the best, from a city that just grew, to one that had a plan, from a river city to a highway metropolis. In that time it responded to two world wars, a depression, and the response to a changing world economy. This picture tour shows some of the changes as the city moved through these events, some of our celebrations, some of the city’s changing face, as it became center of the metro area.
December 15: Cincinnati's Winter Holiday Traditions
If you enjoy reminiscing about the holidays, come along with us to celebrate the many joyful times and faces of the winter holiday season. You can’t see the holiday spirit, but it’s there in the many traditions of Cincinnati around this festive season.
January 19: The Cincinnati Fire Department
This presentation starts with Cincinnati's independent volunteer fire companies which fought both fires and, sometimes, each other. It moves on to the establishment of the first fully paid professional fire department in the country. And, along the way, it explores some of what it takes to become one of the top fire departments in the nation.
February 16: The Rise of Public Schools
In 1825, the State of Ohio passed a law for a half-mill tax to be collected to pay for public schools. That led to the establishment in 1829 of “The Common Schools of Cincinnati.” Hear how, prior to the Civil War, the city’s African-American residents successfully moved to create their own, separate, public school system. Find out about the "Bible Wars" that impacted public schools.
March 16: Girl Singer - Rosemary Clooney
Born in Maysville, Kentucky, Rosemary Clooney began her spectacular career in Cincinnati on WLW radio. With pictures, stories and the vocal stylings of a local professional singer, take a journey through the life of this fabulous entertainer. Ten of Rosemary’s most famous songs will be performed live during the presentation.
April 20: America's Story from Depression to Super Power
Relive the incredible transformation from depression era despair, through the enormous come-back victory of the WWII years, featuring Cincinnati’s contribution to this unprecedented time in history.
May 18: Rollin' On the River
Explore early travel along the Ohio River, and then enter the steamboat era. Cincinnati was second only to Pittsburgh in the construction of steamboats, and the river queens were important to Cincinnati for employment, trade, industry, entertainment and leisure. Learn about the people who traveled, worked and/or lived on the riverboats. Since the water level was so unpredictable, the Ohio posed many problems for riverboat travel; there were collisions, fires, explosions and other tragedies. The river is still important for Cincinnati’s commerce and the city is a port of call for the authentic steamboats that still travel the western waters.
June 15: Caroline Williams - Then and Now
Caroline Williams possessed a talent that allowed her to share her love of Cincinnati with countless people. She could draw. And for nearly five decades her sketches of "A Spot in Cincinnati" appeared on the Sunday editorial pages of The Cincinnati Enquirer. She sketched bridges and buildings, homes and hospitals, museums and monuments, as well as parks, cemeteries, statues, fountains, viaducts, inclines, churches, libraries and markets. In this presentation, many of her sketches will be viewed and discussed along with photographs of the sites she sketched.
July 20: Cincinnati's Subway
Jump aboard Cincinnati’s “not so rapid” transit/subway system and find out why and how it got derailed. The remnants, of the never completed system, may still be seen around the city and it remains a topic of transportation studies and voting issues.
August: NO PROGRAM
September 21: Arthur St. Clair and the Northwest Territory
General St. Clair gave Cincinnati its name, and was the first Governor of the Northwest Territory. Given the impossible task of bringing order to this wild land, he gave his life, fortune and health on behalf of his adopted nation. Politics, war, and intrigue filled his life until he was dismissed by Thomas Jefferson as Ohio became the first state formed out of this rich territory north and west of the Ohio.
October 19: Historic Hauntings
This program examines the history of ghost stories and hauntings in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area from the founding of the city right up to the present time. Did you know many older houses, as well as public places have their resident ghosts? Hear the stories of local citizens, both well-known and regular folks, which were and still are affected by the super¬natural. Learn what haunted places still exist today and where they are located. Appropriate for adults.
November 16: A City Within a City - Union Terminal
Hear about the efficiency, functionality and many amenities that Union Terminal provided for the train traveler. See how the modern design incorporated throughout the building made an everlasting impression of elegance. Learn how the renowned train station transitioned into becoming the award-winning Cincinnati Museum Center.
December 21: What's Happening at Union Terminal
With the completion of the extensive, historic renovation of the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, we will discuss what was accomplished in the renovation. We will look at the changes that have occurred both in the structure of the building as well as in the Museum’s content and exhibits.