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.

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.