Roam Under the Dome

Our blog for the stories behind the exhibit, inside the film and beyond the museum.

Clovernook and the Trader Sisters

Clovernook and the Trader Sisters
Sarah Staples
The Trader sisters worked to help blind and visually impaired people live an independent life in their own homes. Read more to learn how they did it!
Fashion Frocks

Fashion Frocks
Sarah Staples
Philip M. Meyers started working for his father’s Princess Garment Company in 1922. He left in 1925 to found his own company, Fashion Frocks, Inc., a garment manufacturer that directly sold to consumers.
Super-Volunteer: Minnie “Dolly” Varley

Super-Volunteer: Minnie “Dolly” Varley
Sarah Staples
Minnie “Dolly” Anson was born on June 25, 1904 in England. Inspired by her own mother, who was a long-time volunteer for the Red Cross, Dolly joined the Junior Red Cross while living in Australia.
Introduction to NAGPRA

Introduction to NAGPRA
Tyler Swinney
At its core, NAGPRA is human rights legislation that was enacted by congress to addresses inequalities between federally recognized descendant communities, the US government, and institutions that control ancestral remains and cultural items affiliated with sovereign Tribal Nations indigenous to the United States. NAGPRA also establishes procedures for inadvertent discoveries on federal and tribal lands and makes it illegal to traffic ancestral remains and cultural items obtained through activities that violate the Act.
New Motus tower at Edge of Appalachia Preserve System

New Motus tower at Edge of Appalachia Preserve System
Heather Farrington
Long-distance movements of animals, like the seasonal migration of birds, have always intrigued scientists. When animals leave our region, where do they go and why?
The Forgotten Voice of Kay Irion

The Forgotten Voice of Kay Irion
Arabeth Balasko
Kay Irion is a name that many today are not aware of; however, in the early 1940s, she was the talk of Cincinnati. Kay, who became a paraplegic after being injured in a car accident in the late 1930s, was the first stay-at-home radio host to go live over the airwaves on Cincinnati’s popular radio station, WSAI-WLW.
The Cincinnati Arch

The Cincinnati Arch
Cameron Schwalbach
How is it that fossils from an ocean that was around nearly half-a-billion years ago can be found in the middle of the North American continent? The answer lies in the formation of the Cincinnati Arch.
What’s in a Pot? Lessons from Native American Pottery

What’s in a Pot? Lessons from Native American Pottery
Bob Genheimer
Because most Native American pottery we discover through excavations or surface collections is broken into small pieces called sherds, people often ask us “what can those pieces tell us?” As it turns out quite a lot!
Cicadas and Locusts in the Manuscript Collection

Cicadas and Locusts in the Manuscript Collection
Mickey deVise’
The impending Brood X cicada invasion prompted a search of the Cincinnati History Library and Archives for cicada related items. Keep reading to see what they found!
Cicadas and Locusts in the Cornelius J. Hauck Botanical Collection

Cicadas and Locusts in the Cornelius J. Hauck Botanical Collection
Mickey deVise’
As the eastern portion of the United States deals with the emergence of billions of Brood X cicadas with dread and loathing, other populations around the world welcome and celebrate their existence. Find out why in our latest Off the Shelf article.
Flake-Stone Artifacts

Flake-Stone Artifacts
Tyler Swinney
Archaeology is complex, multifaceted and diverse. Items of material culture are no exception as a nearly countless suite of artifacts were manufactured by prehistoric native Americans through the addition, combination and subtraction of raw materials such as stone, clay, bone, shell, wood and plant fibers.
The Fossil Fish That Could

The Fossil Fish That Could
Glenn Storrs
On December 21, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio Senate Bill No. 123 into law, thus designating Dunkleosteus terrelli as the Fossil Fish of Ohio. Not every state needs an official fossil fish, of course, but if you had to have one, Dunkleosteus (Dunk–ul–AHS–tee–us) might well be it, and no fish is more deserving when it comes to Ohio.
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park
Tyler Swinney
Mesa Verde is a large National Park that includes around 600 cliff dwellings which are rock and adobe structures that are built into an eroded portion of a cliff with incredible indigenous architecture and amazing landscape.
Digging Dinosaurs!

Digging Dinosaurs!
Glenn Storrs
In order to dig dinosaurs, you must first really dig dinosaurs. That is, like them a lot, because the physical digging/excavating/collecting of dinosaurs is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a grueling, exhausting, painful exercise in self-denial – until such time as the precious fossils are finally secured in the museum collection or exhibit hall.
The Official City of Cincinnati Fossil

The Official City of Cincinnati Fossil
Brenda Hunda
The Cincinnati Dry Dredgers – a group of amateur paleontologists and geologists that have collected fossils and studied paleontology in the region for over 80 years – chose five candidates for the official Cincinnati fossil.

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