2017 History Sessions
Development of Educational Institutions in Cincinnati
All sessions are held at the Forest Park Senior Center at 11555 Winton Road.
Sessions run every Tuesday from April 4 through May 2, starting at 7:00 p.m. and ending at approximately 8:30 p.m.
A 5-session pass is $55 for Museum Center Members and $65 for non-Members. Individual sessions are $15 each and parking is included.
Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling (513) 287-7031.
Schedule of Sessions:
April 4 - Frontier and Early Education: 1788 - 1830s
Along with the hardships of the frontier, it was a priority that children of pioneers were taught the three “Rs”—readin’, 'riting and 'rithmetic by the family hearth or in the one room schoolhouse. In the early 1800s, through community effort, Cincinnati created several schools making it the first to have public schools in the Northwest Territory.
April 11 - 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.
April 18 - Parochial and Private Schools
Hear about the establishment of private, Catholic, Jewish and other independent schools in Cincinnati including the growth of early Irish and German speaking schools. Styles of teaching and enrollment in the private schools will be discussed.
April 25 - University of Cincinnati
Hear the story of the bequest from Charles McMicken in 1870 that was the foundation that created the University of Cincinnati. While we know UC today as a large state-owned national research university, many of its best known colleges began in the 19th century as independent schools, reflecting the educational strengths and needs of a growing and diverse population.
May 2 - The Rise of Colleges and Universities
Since Cincinnati’s founding, its expanding and varied population has had a need for variety of institutions of higher learning beyond secondary schools. Explore some of the diverse colleges and universities, other than the University of Cincinnati, that developed to answer this expanding public request.