Aug. 15-16: 1940s Weekend


Aug. 15 & 16, 2015

Join Cincinnati Museum Center for our annual 1940s Weekend as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Travel back in time and help us celebrate this pivotal decade in American history in the same building that many of these soldiers passed through on their way back home to their loved ones – Union Terminal.

Put on your dancing shoes and experience living history with music from The P&G Big Band, Daniel Bennett and the Dirty Shirleys, The Queen City Sisters, The Sweet & Lows and The Boyer Sisters. Take a break from dancing and check out the classic car show, 1940s hair and makeup demonstrations, 1940s-style boxing matches, food tastings, 1940s film screenings, educational activities and historical displays.

For the second year in a row, Museum Center is proud to be a host site for the Cincy Lindy Exchange, an event featuring over 120 dancers from more than 10 states. Join the dancers for a free dance lesson and then watch them swing away to the sounds of the Jump 'n' Jive Big Band on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Saturday Schedule  |  Sunday Schedule

Saturday Schedule

Classic Car Show
Weather permitting, marvel over vintage rides parked outside Union Terminal.
Roundabout, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Boyer Sisters
Listen as this sister trio performs Andrews Sisters World War II hits and country oldies in stunning three-part harmony.
Reakirt Auditorium, 10–11 a.m.
Cincinnati History Museum, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2–3 p.m.

Daniel Bennett and the Dirty Shirleys
Enjoy this lounge jazz band's blend of a smooth crooner style with the swinging appeal of a modern day jazz quartet.
Reakirt Auditorium, 11 a.m.–noon

Costume Contest
Dress up in your best 1940s-inspired duds for a chance to win Cincinnati Museum Center prizes!
Collett Gallery, noon. Please arrive by 11:55 a.m. to enter.

1940s Boxing Matches
Cheer on your favorite fighter in a demonstration of a 1940s-style boxing match presented by Cincinnati Fitness and Boxing, complete with vintage uniforms, fighting styles and announcing.
South Gallery of Cincinnati History Museum, 1 and 3 p.m.

Jump 'n' Jive Big Band
Tune your ears to the sounds of the 1940s with the Jump N Jive Big Band. Made up of 19 professional musicians, the sounds of trumpets, trombones and saxophones will immerse you in the music and get you on your feet.
Rotunda, 1–5 p.m.

The Cincinnati Lindy Exchange
Interested in learning the Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast Swing and other styles of dancing in our regional dancing community? Put on your dancing shoes and join The Cincinnati Lindy Exchange for a free dance lesson!
Rotunda, 1–5 p.m.

The Holocaust: A Survivor’s Story
The Holocaust, one of the most horrific events in history, claimed the lives of approximately 6 million Jews by the end of World War II. Listen to the stories of one of the survivors, Dr. Al Miller, from our partners at the The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Watch the story of how an influential few in the Philippines saved the lives of 1,300 Jewish men, women and children leading up to World War II.
Cincinnati History Museum, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
“Rescue in the Philippines”  Newsreel Theater, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Hair and Makeup Demonstrations
Have you ever wondered how ladies in the 1940s did their hair and makeup? Come and learn how to create the perfect pin curl and find the right shade of red lipstick.
Collett Gallery, 2-4 p.m.

Food Ration Tastings
Could you imagine if you went to the market and were told you had to limit the purchase of your favorite things? Join Job Corps as they prepare some food samples and experience what it was like when people had to ration their food.
Cincinnati Dining Room, 3–5 p.m.

Sentimental Journey: A Live Theater Performance
Join The Falcon Theatre as they perform this 1940s radio drama, complemented with live music from the Queen City Sisters.
Reakirt Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Sunday Schedule

Classic Car Show
Weather permitting, marvel over vintage rides parked outside Union Terminal.
Roundabout, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Costume Contest
Dress up in your best 1940s-inspired duds for a chance to win Cincinnati Museum Center prizes!
Collett Gallery, noon. Please arrive by 11:55 a.m. to enter.

The Sweet and Lows
Enjoy the vocals of this a cappella duo that specializes in music from the '40s, '50s and '60s.
Reakirt Auditorium, 11 a.m.–noon
Cincinnati History Museum 12:30–1:30 p.m.

1940s Boxing Matches
Cheer on your favorite fighter in a demonstration of a 1940s-style boxing match presented by Cincinnati Fitness and Boxing, complete with vintage uniforms, fighting styles and announcing.
South Gallery of Cincinnati History Museum, 1 and 3 p.m.

The Sugar Pills
Don't miss this all-girl ukulele singing band!
Performances throughout the building from 1–3 p.m.

P&G Big Band
This 20-member ensemble made up entirely of Procter & Gamble employees and retirees is sure to keep you tapping along all afternoon!
Losantiville Cafe, 1–5 p.m.

The Holocaust: A Survivor’s Story
The Holocaust, one of the most horrific events in history, claimed the lives of approximately 6 million Jews by the end of World War II. Listen to the stories of one of the survivors, Dr. Henry Fenichel, from our partners at the The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Watch the story of how an influential few in the Philippines saved the lives of 1,300 Jewish men, women and children leading up to World War II.
Cincinnati History Museum, 1–2 p.m.
“Rescue in the Philippines”  Newsreel Theater, 3 – 4 p.m.

Hair and Makeup Demonstrations
Have you ever wondered how ladies in the 1940s did their hair and makeup? Come and learn how to create the perfect pin curl and find the right shade of red lipstick.
Collett Gallery, 2-4 p.m.

Sentimental Journey: A Live Theater Performance
Join The Falcon Theatre as they perform this 1940s radio drama, complemented with live music from the Queen City Sisters.
Reakirt Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Food Ration Tastings
Could you imagine if you went to the market and were told you had to limit the purchase of your favorite things? Join Job Corps as they prepare some food samples and experience what it was like when people had to ration their food.
Cincinnati Dining Room, 3–5 p.m.
 


Tickets

Single-day 1940s Weekend passes include admission to 1940s Weekend activities, the Cincinnati History Museum and the special exhibit Treasures of Our Military Past.

Members: $4

Non-Members: $14.50 for adults, $12.50 for children and $13.50 for seniors

World War II Veterans: Free

Call 513-287-7001 to buy tickets.

 

Community Partners

Butler County Warbirds

Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education

Cincinnati Aviation Heritage Society

Kathleen Cox, author of Destination Unknown, Adventures of a WWII American Red Cross Girl

General Cable

Lunken Cadet Squadron 078

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society

Up Up & Away Comics

Veterans Memorial Museum

WMKV Radio