Roam Under the Dome

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

The Road to Prohibition

The Road to Prohibition
Jill Beitz
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.
Koch portrait

The Poetry of Felix J. Koch Exhibition
Jim DaMico
Cincinnati Museum Center's Cincinnati History Library and Archives holds the Felix J. Koch Collection (SC 116). This treasure trove of 5,238 negatives document Cincinnati and the surrounding area between 1902 and 1933. The collection, which was donated by Felix's brother, Herbert F. Koch in 1968 and 1969, is arranged by subject.
Bird count map

The Christmas Bird Count
Heather Farrington
One of the largest and longest-running citizen science programs in the country is the Christmas Bird Count (CBC).
rookwood ice cream parlor 1980

Touring Rookwood Pottery with Cincinnati Heritage Programs
Chris Dobbs
Chances are, if you step into an old-enough house in Cincinnati, Ohio, it features Rookwood Pottery. Whether it’s a colorful pot passed down, a kitchen backsplash lined with avian tiles or a fireplace’s hearth, Rookwood Pottery has left its mark on Cincinnati’s – and the world’s – cupboards, homes and monuments.
First all female space walk

First all-female spacewalk
Whitney Owens
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.
dna tubes and scientist

DNA Sequencing Urban Artifact’s Union Terminal Beer
Emily Imhoff
In late 2016, Urban Artifact brewers collected yeast from Union Terminal grounds. A few months later, at a 21+ Curiocity (now Museum on Tap) event, they premiered a new, fruity brew, Union Terminal Bock, made from the National Historic Landmark's yeast! As a part of the event, we were asked in zoology to determine the yeast's species. This is how we did it.
Old letter

See the First Drafts of Ohio’s Constitution
Christine Engels
The corrections on the documents are a very interesting piece to inspect. Some changes were cosmetic while others more substantive.
The Fisher Phase pottery vessel after reconstruction

[Carbon] Dating in the 21st Century
Bob Genheimer
As an archaeologist, one of the most frequent questions that I am asked is “how do you know how old something is?” There are many different answers to that question, mostly depending on what exactly we are trying to date.
Termite Damage

Preservation Tip: Dealing With Insect Damage
Scott Gampfer
Insects are attracted to materials containing cellulose. Paper-based collections (documents, books, newspapers) contain cellulose and need to be protected from insect attack. Storing collections in cool dry spaces is preferable because there is a link between higher temperature and relative humidity, and increased insect activity.
The open Robinson Viewer

A 19th-Century Cincinnati-Manufactured Picture Exhibitor
Scott Gampfer
Introduced to the United States from Europe in the late 1850s, the carte-de-visite or calling card photographic format soon became wildly popular.
1952-53 Cincinnati phone directory selection

An X-Ray at the Shoe Store
Scott Gampfer
The customer and shoe salesman (and a child’s parent) could then look into viewing ports and see the position of the bones of the feet within the outline of the shoe.
The Cincinnati Tablet

The Story of the Cincinnati Tablet
Tyler Swinney
The Cincinnati Tablet, approx. 1,200 years old, was discovered during 19th-century construction in downtown Cincinnati.
man holding book page

From the Card Catalog to the Internet
Christine Engels
The challenge facing me and my team is to fit older collections into these new standards and to get them online so researchers can see that we have them.
The Invertebrate Paleontology Collection at Cincinnati Museum Center

A Museum Without Walls: Invertebrate Paleontology Collection Now Online
Brenda Hunda
Accessing information has traditionally been done through contact with curatorial staff or in-person visits to collections, until now.
Curve Lionel Hampton poster

Lionel Hampton at Cincinnati’s Regal Theater
Scott Gampfer
Lionel Hampton, renowned jazz musician and bandleader, known for his work on the vibraphone, piano, and drums, appeared at Cincinnati’s Regal Theater on Saturday, August 18, 1956.