The Road to Prohibition

Author: Jill Beitz, Manager of Reference and Research, Cincinnati History Library and Archives The Queen City is built on a foundation of beer, wine and whiskey. At its peak in the 19th century, there were 36 breweries and more than 300 vineyards within a twenty-mile radius of the city. Money was being made, not just by the owners of such businesses, but by the workers as well. German and Irish immigrants came to Cincinnati to work in the breweries and vineyards and finding success, invited their relatives to do the same. Much to the dismay of many citizens however, this rapid growth came with an uptick in crime, neglect and alcoholism. The social welfare rolls grew and tenements became overcrowded. In 1880 there were more than 1800 saloons in Cincinnati. Vine Street alone had 113! Many men were spending all of their free time […]

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First all-female spacewalk

Author: Whitney Owens Chief Learning Officer. Shakespeare nerd and book-loving mama. Floury hands and grass-stained knees. Passionate about saving the world, one museum experience at a time. “she whom the moon ruled like us levitating into the night sky…”– Adrienne Rich, “Planetarium”   Last week on October 18, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir accomplished the first-ever all-female spacewalk. For nearly eight hours, they worked outside the International Space Station to replace a broken power unit. It was Koch’s fourth spacewalk and Meir’s first. This historic event generated a lot of excitement in CMC’s offices. Staff who lead our work with Girl Scouts, as well as those who lead our STEM Girls programs – which connect girls with female mentors to help them stay engaged in STEM studies and careers – cheered on this historic accomplishment for women. Team members supporting our wonderful […]

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