Step back in time to the 18th century Ohio River Valley with the Cincinnati History Museum. Experience traditional crafts and songs, hear stories of the past by costumed interpreters and watch a weapon demonstration by a firing military. Perfect for families and history enthusiasts alike, this interactive event also showcases rarely displayed pieces of local history from our Cincinnati History Library Collection, including the Symmes Purchase, a document key to the settlement and growth of our city.
1812 Mounted Militia
Talk with a member of the Militia from the War of 1812 and learn about their role in this pivotal war in early American History.
Art of the Violin
Talk with Michael Thompson, a violin maker here in Cincinnati. Stop by his workbench and see the time, materials, and skill needed to produce these amazing instruments.
Benjamin Logan’s Company
Visit with a militia in Early Settlement and learn about the military in the 18th century.
The Black Sheep – Weaver (Saturday only)
Carding, blending, spinning and weaving! Watch as Kathy Cunningham spins her wool into yarn to make clothes as the pioneers did.
Flint Knapping & Arrow Fletching
Join Bob Stewart near our Cincinnatus Gallery for a demonstration of flint knapping or arrow fletching.
Forget-Me-Knots - Invitation to Dance (Saturday only)
Join the Forget-Me-Nots for a fun experience and try some 18th century dance moves.
Stop by Early Settlement and meet with a surveyor who is charting the new Ohio frontier!
Meet with several long hunters and learn about hunting and surviving in the Ohio Territory in the 18th century.
Native American Story Telling
Meet with Fred Shaw as he demonstrates Native American story telling techniques.
Rogue’s Consort - Live Music
Stop by our Flatboat Gallery for some live 18th century music as performed by Rogue’s Consort with guest Michael Thompson.
Sons of the American Revolution
See flags designed from Colonial times. Learn their origin, design and purpose from the Sons of the American Revolution.
Play jacks and other games children played during pioneer times.
Try food available to early settlers, beef jerky, dried peas and dried corn.
Cincinnati Union Terminal Detective Agency Scavenger Hunt
See if you have what it takes to survive on the frontier. Agents can earn bonus points. Not an agent? You can play and earn a prize.
Symmes Purchase on Display: John Cleves Symmes arranged with Congress to purchase 1 million acres, all of the land between the two Miami rivers. The document on display is the original contract between Symmes and Congress.
South Front Lawn
10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Firearms demonstration
11 a.m. Arrow fletching & flint knapping
11:30 a.m. Live music with Rogue’s Consort
Noon & 2:30 p.m. Forget-Me-Knots Invitation to Dance
1 p.m. Native American Storytelling
2 p.m. Art of the Violin
3:30 p.m. Sons of the American Revolution
South Front Lawn
11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Firearms demonstration
2 p.m. Arrow fletching & flint knapping
Noon Art of the Violin
1:30 p.m. Live music with Rogue’s Consort
12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Sons of the American Revolution
3:30 p.m. Native American Storytelling