Touring Rookwood Pottery with Cincinnati Heritage Programs

Author: Chris Dobbs, Copywriter/Editor 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. Rookwood Pottery was founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Storer. One of the first female-owned manufacturing companies in the United States, Rookwood set several early examples of what would be popular trends. It was one of the first ceramics companies to hire a chemist, Karl Langenbeck, who contributed to several popular glazes for decorative and everyday use. Its designs were also early examples of American Japonism, the study of Japanese art and style. Rookwood artist Kataro Shiayamadani’s work won the company the Grand Prize at the 1900 Paris Exposition, […]

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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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The Fight for the Vote

For many years, women in this country were denied even the most basic constitutional rights. They could not speak publically, sign contracts, gain a formal education, successfully own property separate from husbands or fathers or retain custody of their own children.

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