1940s Day returns home!

This year’s 1940s Day, celebrates Union Terminal’s heritage as a transit hub and friendly respite during that pivotal decade. Dance shows and lessons, a classic car show, speakers from the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, the fan-favorite costume contest and more are returning home. 1940s Day is free with admission.


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Vintage Vehicle Showcase
In front of Union Terminal by the fountain
Weather permitting
10:30 – 11 a.m. USO talk
11 – 11:30 a.m. History of Codebreaking during WWII
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Japanese Internment Camp Testimonial
Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
Reakirt Auditorium
11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Daniel Bennett and the Dirty Shirleys
Mallory Gallery
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dayton Codebreakers
Codebreaking activity immediately following
12 p.m. Cincinnati Heritage Program Rotunda Tours
Starts in Rotunda
12 – 1 p.m. Holocaust Survivor Testimonial by Dr. Renate Neeman
Reakirt Auditorium, Free Admission
12:15 – 1 p.m. Danielle’s Melodies
Mallory Gallery
12:30 p.m. Drop in tour of the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center*
Meet in museum lobby
12:30 – 1 p.m. Dance Lessons
Cincinnati Dining Room
1 p.m. Cincinnati Heritage Program Rotunda Tours
Starts in Rotunda
1 – 1:45 p.m. Queen City Sisters
Mallory Gallery
1 – 4 p.m. P&G Big Band
Cincinnati Dining Room
2 p.m. Cincinnati Heritage Program Rotunda Tours
Starts in Rotunda
2 p.m. Drop in tour of the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center*
Meet in museum lobby
2 – 3:30 p.m. Costume Contest
Mallory Gallery
Sign up in the Rotunda until 2 p.m., instructions will be provided upon sign up.
Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: adult, children, and family.
3 p.m. Cincinnati Heritage Program Rotunda Tours
Starts in Rotunda
3:30 p.m. Gallery Talk led by Morry Wiener*
Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center
3:30 – 5 p.m. Vintage Beauties Q&A

* You must purchase an add on ticket for the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center to attend this event

Vintage Vehicle Showcase

Calling all 1920s, 1930s and 1940s vintage vehicle owners! We are looking for vintage cars and motorcycles to take part in our 1940s Day vintage vehicle showcase on August 10** at Union Terminal! There is no entry fee and no judging- just an opportunity to show off your wheels. Those interested MUST contact Emily at elogue-rose@cincymuseum.org by August 5 to register before bringing your vintage wheels to Union Terminal.

**The showcase will be weather permitting on August 10 and registered cars must be on site no later than 11 a.m. on August 10 to be included in the show.

Dr. Renate Neeman – Survivor

Renate Neeman was born in Hildesheim, Germany in 1926. She and her parents fled to the Netherlands before Kristallnacht in 1938; they were permitted to stay. After Germany occupied the Netherlands in May 1940, the situation for the Jews became as severe as in Germany, but it was after the Jewish transports to the east began that Renate and her parents went into hiding. The Dutch underground placed them separately for safety; Renate was “passing” with false identity papers as a maid with a Christian family in the city of Amersfoort while her parents were hidden in a fraternity house with eight other Jews at Amsterdam University. All those hidden in both groups survived. Two weeks after the end of WWII, Renate was reunited with her parents. In 1946, Renate and her parents immigrated to America where they were reunited with Renate’s older half-sister who had immigrated in 1937. Renate’s career as an occupational therapist took her to Buffalo, NY, where she met her husband, Dr. Moshe Neeman, with whom she had four children. Before moving to Cincinnati in 2014, she was a speaker for the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, NY.

Gallery Talk led by Morry Wiener

Join HHC for a Gallery Talk led by Morry Wiener, who will discuss the bittersweet process of Holocaust Survivors who rebuilt their lives in the Cincinnati community. Morry arrived in America with his parents, Jacob and Rose, and sister, Sara in 1956. What was the survivor community like after WWII? How hard was it to start over in a new country and community? Morry will share his family’s struggle as they navigated learning English, finding jobs, and settling in Cincinnati among other survivors. The perseverance and resilience of the survivor community is a truly inspirational story you don’t want to miss!

Gallery Talks are sponsored by Xavier University. "Rebuilding in Cincinnati" is part of 1940s Day at Cincinnati Museum Center.