Cocktails with Curators


Have you ever looked at an object and wondered about the story behind the piece? Or been so inspired by an artifact that you wanted to know more about the culture it came from? Do you enjoy knowing extra information to share with your friends and family? Sip a cocktail with a curator and enjoy a lively discussion. Learn, ask and experience Cincinnati Museum Center’s collection in a whole new, personal way.

David Conzett
7 p.m. Thursday, July 16

David Conzett
Curator, History Collections & Fine Art

Learn about Cincinnati’s contributions to military action from the late 18th century to the modern era through uniforms, weaponry, medical instruments, supplies, photographs and documents, in our new exhibit, Treasures of Our Military Past. Then discuss the exhibit over cocktails with David Conzett, curator of history collections and fine art, in the Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby.

Curator Bio: David Conzett has been Curator of History Objects and Fine Art for more than 20 years. A native of Dubuque, Iowa—a Mississippi River city known for its meat packing, brewing and steamboat building—he feels very much at home in Cincinnati. Conzett wanted to be a history museum curator from the time he was 10 years old, and he credits his fifth grade social studies teacher, Mrs. Rhoda Adams, for the inspiration and encouragement—never underestimate an elementary school teacher. She taught him not only a love of history, but also an appreciation for historical artifacts, documents and fine art.

Conzett earned a B.A. in history from the University of Dubuque and an M.A. in history from the University of Northern Iowa. His areas of expertise include the American Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and the World Wars. His interest in the Civil War was inspired by two great, great uncles that rode in the 5th Union Cavalry. The first David Conzett was killed in action at Newnan Station, Georgia in 1864 during a raid with General Edward McCook.

Before Conzett came to Cincinnati, he was the Curator and later Acting Director of the University of Northern Iowa Museum, and Curator of Collections with the National Museum of the Boy Scouts of America. During his tenure at Museum Center, its history collections have grown to more than 45,000 historical artifacts and works of art. He also played a major role in the research, design and development of many history exhibits.

Past Cocktails with Curators

Scott Gampfer
7 p.m. Thursday, July 10

Scott Gampfer
Director, Cincinnati History Library & Archives and History Collections

Learn about Cincinnati from the Civil War to the 1960s in our exhibition, Treasures in Black and White: Historic Photographs of Cincinnati. Enjoy cocktails in the Cincinnati History Museum while discussing the black and white photos with Scott Gampfer.

Curator Bio: Scott Gampfer, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, directs our History Collections division and the Cincinnati History Library and Archives. The history collections include the Audiovisual Collections, Archaeological and Ethnographic Collections, Archives/Manuscript Collection, History Object Collection, Printed Works Collection and the Preservation Department. He has more than 33 years of experience in collections management, conservation treatment of two-dimensional collections, management of preservation projects and programming and historical research and exhibition projects. He is a member of the American Association for State and Local History.

Brenda Hunda
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16

Experience Museum Center’s collections in a whole new fun, behind-the-scenes way. Choose your favorite cocktail and walk through Cincinnati Under the Sea with resident expert and curator, Brenda Hunda. Her knowledge will amaze you. Her personality will captivate you. Her love of Ordovician fossils will inspire you. All guests will also receive a free Cincinnati Under the Sea poster by John Agnew with ticket purchase!

Cost: Members $20, Non-Members $25. Tickets include exclusive experiences, food and a hosted bar. This event is now sold out!

Curator Bio: Brenda Hunda received her B. Sc. with Honors in Paleontology from the University of Alberta in 1997 and her M. Sc. in Earth Sciences from the University of Alberta in 1999. She received her Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Riverside in 2004. She is currently the Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati. Working within the museum setting, she has extensive experience in communicating science to the public, working with the community and developing outreach programs specifically targeting earth sciences.

Her research focuses on the interpretation of stratophenetic patterns in the Paleozoic; specifically, 1) how fine-scale heterogeneous environmental gradients affect intraspecific morphological patterns of trilobites across temporal and spatial scales, 2) how stratigraphic architecture imprints interpretations of morphological change, and 3) how both of these factors contribute to our understanding of microevolution in the fossil record.



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