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The docents of Heritage Programs have created an impressive array of over 60 entertaining presentations about greater Cincinnati’s compelling history, culture and architecture. The docents can bring their hour-long presentations to your organization or institution. Presentation fees are $90 to $120.
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The Planning and Construction of Cincinnati Union Terminal
Learn about the early proposals for Union Terminal and the workers involved in the final design and construction of the 287-acre passenger terminal complex. Hear of the many engineering challenges encountered and the 21 other interesting buildings and structures associated with this one-of-a-kind modern train station.
The Restoration of Cincinnati Union Terminal
After 3 years of meticulous restoration, Cincinnati Union Terminal looks forward to its next 100 years. Learn about needed repairs that were critical to the survival of the National Historic Landmark, many of which were behind the scenes and in non-public areas. Hear about the most modern scientific processes used to revive the structure along with the installation of essential mechanical and electrical systems. See restored artwork in their original sites. Learn about the newest and enhanced exhibits which have opened since the renovation.
Union Terminal is an art deco masterpiece begun in the 1930s, just as the country ushered in the Depression. Today this beautiful passenger station holds Cincinnati Museum Center, a multi-museum complex. This program will lead you through the building. It will take a closer look at the art and artists behind the structure and explore the evolution of this fascinating building.
The Art and Artists of Cincinnati Union Terminal
Learn about the magnificent experiment that led to Cincinnati Union Terminal’s art deco design, as well as to the creation of over 18,000 square feet of public art space. Hear about the artists that created these beautiful art elements and learn about some of the processes these artists used. See images of some existing and some lost artworks as well as photos of pieces that may be restored soon. Understand how Reiss, Bourdelle, Hentschel and Keck contributed to making Cincinnati Union Terminal a National Historic Landmark.
Winold Reiss and the Union Terminal Murals
Winold Reiss, already known worldwide for his portraits of the Blackfoot American Indians, was commissioned to design the mosaic murals at Cincinnati Union Terminal. Learn the process he used in his extraordinary project. The presentation will explore his 23 murals, some located at Union Terminal and some at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
A City Within a City — Union Terminal
Hear about the efficiency, functionality and many amenities that Union Terminal provided for the train traveler. See how the modern design incorporated throughout the building made an everlasting impression of elegance. Learn how the renowned station transitioned into becoming the award-winning Cincinnati Museum Center.
America’s Sweetheart — Doris Day
Doris Day was born in Cincinnati and began her spectacular singing career with the Barney Rapp Orchestra. Upon arriving in Hollywood, she began a film career, starring in 39 movies. With pictures, stories and the vocal stylings of a local professional singer, take a sentimental journey through the life of this great lady of American entertainment. Ten songs made famous by Doris will be performed live during the presentation.Important: The docents require access to the room where the presentation will be given one hour in advance of the presentation to setup sound equipment. In addition, takedown requires 30 minutes after the presentation concludes. A projection screen or blank, light-colored wall and electrical outlets must be available in the facility. Due to additional equipment and personnel needs, “America’s Sweetheart — Doris Day” is $120 per presentation.
Amusement Parks in Greater Cincinnati
The thrill rides of today’s amusement parks were not found in Cincinnati amusement parks of yesteryear. Travel back in time to learn about the swimming beaches on the Ohio River and the city’s trolley amusement parks. Enjoy a stroll through yesterday’s Coney Island and LeSourdesville Lake. Then decide if today’s King’s Island will be the amusement park of the future.
Christmas Memories with Doris and Rosemary
Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney began their spectacular big band singing careers in Cincinnati. With holiday scenes, past memories of Cincinnati’s Christmas traditions and the vocal stylings of a local professional singer, take a Christmas stroll with these two great ladies of American entertainment. Twelve Christmas songs made memorable by Doris and Rosemary will be performed live during this presentation. Important: This program is only available in November and December. It contains several traditional Christmas songs. The docents require access to the room where the presentation will be given one hour in advance of the presentation to setup sound equipment. In addition, takedown requires 30 minutes after the presentation concludes. A projection screen or blank, light-colored wall and electrical outlets must be available in the facility. Due to additional equipment and personnel needs, Christmas Memories with Doris and Rosemary is $120 per presentation.
Many professional entertainers got their start in Cincinnati. We will take a look back at the life and careers of some of the biggest stars who were either born in Cincinnati or lived here early in their professional careers, including Tyrone Power, Vera-Ellen, Andy Williams, Doris Day, Rosemary and Betty Clooney, Theda Bara, Libby Holman and Roy Rogers.
Cincinnati’s Musical Heritage
Since its earliest days, Cincinnati has had a reputation for the finest musical societies, minstrels, choral groups, conservatories, orchestras and opera. Hear the story of the growth and development of music in the Queen City and its prestigious legacy that continues today.
Crosley Field Remembered
Relive the memorable 1919 and 1940 Reds World Championships brought to you by Roush and Lombardi. Experience the excitement of the 1960s again with the arrival of Reds greats Rose, Bench, Perez and Nolan.
Entertainment and Recreation in Early Cincinnati
After the Civil War, Cincinnati became known as the “Paris of America,” a city filled with culture and a variety of entertainment venues. Learn about the surprisingly many ways Cincinnatians relaxed and entertained themselves during these post-Civil War years. Discover how many of our current events and facilities are a direct result of the seeds planted during Cincinnati’s Golden Age. See how Cincinnati’s business and commerce led to many of these treasured events and facilities.
Girl Singers — The Clooney Sisters
Rosemary and Betty Clooney were born in Maysville, Kentucky. After a move to Cincinnati, the girls began their professional singing career on WLW. With pictures, stories and the vocal stylings of a local professional singer, take a nostalgic journey through the lives of these two great ladies of American entertainment. Ten songs made famous by Rosemary will be performed live during the presentation.Important: The docents require access to the room where the presentation will be given one hour in advance of the presentation to setup sound equipment. In addition, takedown requires 30 minutes after the presentation’s conclusion. A projection screen or blank, light-colored wall and electrical outlets must be available in the facility. Due to additional equipment and personnel needs, “Girl Singers — The Clooney Sisters” is $120 per presentation.
Broadcast radio changed the country and the world forever. It was the first mass media where millions of people experienced the same events simultaneously. Radio Waves brings back memories of Cincinnati 's innovative powerhouse, WLW, the Nation's Station, and other fine stations, programs and talented performers who entertained and informed generations of listeners.
Golden Age of Television
Explore television pioneers such as Ruth Lyons, Paul Dixon, the Cool Ghoul and Skipper Ryle who entertained greater Cincinnatians "by the seat of their pants" on live TV.
Life and Music in the Roaring 20s and 30s
World War I ended in November 1918, and America was ready to have a good time. From 1920 to 1940 was a period of dramatic social and political change. With the exuberant, freewheeling, popular culture of the times, many people rejected traditions and standards. Americans entered a new age of prosperity with automobiles, telephones, and electricity to make life better. The Nation’s wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929. In this program we look back at life and music in America from 1920 to 1940. Eleven songs popular during this period will be performed live during the presentation. Important: The docents require access to the room where the presentation will be given one hour in advance of the presentation for set-up of sound equipment. In addition, take-down requires 30 minutes after the presentation concludes. A projection screen or blank light-colored wall and electrical outlets must be available in the facility. Due to additional equipment and personnel needs, this program is $120 per presentation.
Cincinnati's Jewish Heritage
What prompted the first Jew to choose Cincinnati as his home? Learn about the curiosity he aroused in this burgeoning little town. What caused Jews to be so well assimilated here and become so successful that, by 1850, Cincinnati had the third largest Jewish population of any American city? How was it that Isaac M. Wise came here and made Cincinnati the birthplace of Reform Judaism? Discover some of the treasures Cincinnati’s Jewish community has given not only to the city, but also to the entire world.
Cincinnati's Winter Holiday Traditions
If you enjoy reminiscing about the holidays, come along with us to celebrate the many joyful times and faces of the winter holiday season. You can’t see the holiday spirit, but it’s there in the many traditions of Cincinnati during this festive season.
Cincinnati's German Heritage (Formerly “Over-the-Rhine: Its People and Its Spirit”)
The 19th century German settlement in Over-the-Rhine, an area located north and east of the Miami Erie Canal, was unique. Here the German population established their own city within Cincinnati, reconstructing the culture of their homeland. Churches, shops, schools, building and loans, breweries and other industries were abundant throughout their community, along with beer gardens, singing societies, theater and a Turnerverein (Turner Gym) for recreation. Learn how this lively, crowded, close-knit community left a lasting imprint on the entire society of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati and the Miami & Erie Canal
This program covers Ohio’s canals, concentrating mainly on the Miami & Erie and Cincinnati. Learn about Ohio’s canals from construction to their final legacy. See several images of structures and buildings that existed then and now to get an idea of the canal era. Take a video cruise through a lock.
This presentation tells the unique and exciting story of the rise and fall of Cincinnati’s Inclined Plane Railway. Built in the 1870s, these wonderful lines provided a welcome escape for the crowded basin and opened up the surrounding hills for future development.
Jump aboard Cincinnati’s “not so rapid” transit/subway system and find out why and how it got derailed. The remnants of the never-completed system may still be seen around the city and it remains a topic of transportation studies and elections.
Bridging the Ohio
In an age of transportation with cars, trucks and expressways, bridges have become essential in our daily lives. Starting with the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and going through the possible replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge, this program explores the history of the bridges we have come to rely on to cross the Ohio River.
The Cincinnati Southern Railroad
All aboard! Join us as we learn about the Cincinnati Southern Railway, the only major railway in the United States built by a municipality and still owned by the City of Cincinnati. Along the way, hear about what it took to build the railway and the other lines that lease and use the rails today.
Delta Queen and Cincinnati's First Family of the River
The Delta Queen is an elegant steamboat loved by many for over 60 years. She was brought to Cincinnati from California by the famous Greene family. Learn the history of the Greene Line Steamer company and why they survived and prospered when others failed. ”Ma” Greene was a ”Petticoat Skipper” in a riverman’s world. Her husband, Gordon, was the strength and ingenuity of the company, and their son, Tom, was the bold risk-taker who undertook the perilous journey transporting the Queen to the Port of Cincinnati.
Ohio River Floods
Most of the time, Greater Cincinnati peacefully coexists with the Ohio River. But what happens when Ole Man River leaves its boundaries and becomes destructive? Learn how people in the tri-state area have been affected when major flooding occurs. Why did the early settlers choose a flood plain on which to build their cabins? During the '37 flood, how did the residents cope when industry, transportation and even public utilities were curtailed? Discover what the federal and local governments have done to control flooding, and how that affected our response to the most current floods.
Rollin' on the River
Explore early travel along the Ohio River, and then enter the steamboat era. Cincinnati was second only to Pittsburgh in the construction of steamboats, and the river queens were important to Cincinnati for employment, trade, industry, entertainment and leisure. Learn about the people who traveled, worked and/or lived on the riverboats. Since the water level was so unpredictable, the Ohio posed many problems for riverboat travel; there were collisions, fires, explosions and other tragedies. The river is still important for Cincinnati’s commerce and the city is a port of call for the authentic steamboats that still travel the western waters.
Caroline Williams - Then and Now
Caroline Williams possessed a talent that allowed her to share her love of Cincinnati with countless people: she could draw. And for nearly five decades her sketches of "A Spot in Cincinnati" appeared on the Sunday editorial pages of The Cincinnati Enquirer. She sketched bridges and buildings, homes and hospitals, museums and monuments, as well as parks, cemeteries, statues, fountains, viaducts, inclines, churches, libraries and markets. In this presentation, many of her sketches will be viewed and discussed along with photographs of the sites she sketched.
A Day in the Parks
Visit some of the more than 100 parks and green spaces developed in the city of Cincinnati for the health and enjoyment of its citizens. View the architecture and art in such diverse places as the city’s first park, Piatt Park, to its latest gem along the riverfront, Smale Riverfront Park.
Cincinnati Public School Paintings
Hear the story about how a group of Hughes High School girls turned pennies and nickels into a priceless collection of paintings for several Cincinnati Public Schools. Learn how the Art League of Cincinnati supported this Cincinnati Public School art project. See gorgeous images of the 90 paintings still available and stored at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Museum Center. Learn about the artists that created these paintings, most of whom were either from or studied in Cincinnati.
Golden Age of Cincinnati Artists
The Golden Age of Cincinnati artists was from 1840 to 1900. Many of the local artists founded art schools and art clubs, were internationally known, and influenced other notable artists around the world. This program explores the personalities, artwork and homes of several of Cincinnati’s early artists.
This program presents the history of Rookwood Pottery — its development, decline and resurgence. Some of the pottery’s important glaze lines are shown along with some of the outstanding art pottery decorators. Discuss and view examples of Rookwood Faience decorative architectural tiles that can be found in Cincinnati and throughout the United States.
The Early Years, 1800-1860
A visitation to early structures around the Cincinnati area, with comments on different architectural styles and their relationships to the community as growth and industry developed. Many places of worship and other significant structures in the basin and outskirts of the community are addressed. The relationships between commerce, European immigration and the cultural influences on the design and utility of those structures create the foundation for our city as we know it today.
The Victorian Age, 1860-1895
From the 1860s through the end of the 19th century, Cincinnati's prominent people and organizations built many of the most beautiful buildings and public places the city has ever seen. They made a strong case that Cincinnati was “The Paris of America” — an attractive place to live, offering a high level of culture and entertainment. Today's residents and visitors to the city are very fortunate that many of these beautiful Victorian era designs have survived to thrill us today.
The Age of Steel, 1895-1920
The turn of the 20th century marks a significant transition in the evolution of building architecture. The development of the steel skeleton enabled architects to reinvent the office building with previously unimaginable height. This new skyscraper required a bold exterior design to exhibit its importance, yet still reflect the roots of a classical design. We will see this new design in several of the buildings on Cincinnati's Fourth Street. In addition to skyscrapers, the new century brought forth the Beaux Arts architectural style, which featured classical, yet beautifully proportioned and highly ornamented buildings, such as Cincinnati's Memorial Hall, the Gwynne Building and Carnegie libraries.
The Art Deco Era, 1920-1940
1920s architecture in Cincinnati and the nation reflected the unbridled optimism of the post-WWI era. This optimism is exhibited in the classical design of the Dixie Terminal, Cincinnati Club and Gas & Electric buildings. Art deco, a bold, forward-looking fusion of art and industrial design, took the forefront in the late 1920s and early 1930s with the iconic designs of the Carew Tower, Union Terminal, Enquirer and Times Star buildings. This mega-construction period helped to lessen the depth of the Depression for Cincinnatians. Depression era construction consisted primarily of government buildings, including the Federal Court House and Lunken Airport.
Arthur St. Clair and the Northwest Territory
General St. Clair gave Cincinnati its name and was the first governor of the Northwest Territory. He gave his life, fortune and health on behalf of his adopted nation. Politics, war and intrigue filled his life until he was dismissed by Thomas Jefferson when Ohio became the first state formed out of the rich territory north and west of the Ohio River.
The Black Experience in 19th-Century Cincinnati
This program encompasses teachers, preachers, artists, scientists, inventors, soldiers, newspapermen, historians and even hairdressers and a Medal of Honor recipient. Learn about the black citizens who made a difference for both black and white citizens in 1800s Cincinnati. Hear the stories behind some of Cincinnati’s landmark churches, schools, social organizations, Civil War sites and art legacies.
Appropriate for junior high school students through adults.
Cincinnati and the Presidents
Cincinnati shares an interesting history with some of our presidents. This program describes the success and failures and the personal and humorous sides of William Henry Harrison, his grandson Benjamin Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes and William Howard Taft.
Cincinnati’s First Founders
You may recognize the names of these city leaders on city streets, but who are they? This program focuses on many of the founding fathers — Burnet, Lytle, Baum, Longworth, Drake, Kilgore and Woodward — and their efforts to make Cincinnati a livable city.
Daniel Drake and Frontier Medicine
This is the story of Dr. Daniel Drake, who rose from humble beginnings in backwoods Kentucky to become a preeminent physician west of the Appalachian Mountains in the early 19th century. It is a story of personal perseverance, intense rivalry among local physicians and the founding of the institutions which today make Cincinnati one of the finest medical centers in the country.
Emery Family Legacy
The Emery family of Cincinnati became known for prominent buildings and integrity, investment and influence. The family, building on a foundation begun by Thomas Emery Sr. in 1841 as a real estate and business entrepreneur, has provided lasting monuments to the value of investing in greater Cincinnati. Mary Emery, the city’s Lady Bountiful, built Mariemont, in addition to churches, hospitals, schools and museums. Jack Emery’s generation followed her lead, building the Carew Tower-Netherland Hotel and continuing the philanthropy that began early and continues through today.
Longworth Family Legacy
Nicholas Longworth, regarded as the father of American Grape Culture, lived the American Dream from his arrival in Cincinnati in 1803 to his ascendancy as one of the wealthiest men in the U.S. His legacy of high achievement and service to his fellow man lived on through his descendants, including his granddaughter Maria, who created Rookwood Pottery, and great grandson Congressman Nicholas Longworth III, who served as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Powel Crosley Story
Powel Crosley Jr. built radios for the masses, not the high classes, and soon was known as the “Henry Ford of Radio.” He was a pioneer in radio broadcasting and so much more. Hear of the many innovative products he produced, and particularly the ones used to help win WWII. Did you know he built airplanes and a hair restorer machine? Learn of his hardworking, talented brother, Lewis. Powel would get an idea and Lewis would make it work. Their partnership made the name Crosley well known and profitable when many other companies failed.
Taft Family Legacy
The Taft family has significantly influenced the course politics, economics and fine arts in Cincinnati for almost 200 years. From the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Summer Opera, the Taft Museum, the Zoo and Lytle Park. The Tafts have served the public good. In addition, Cincinnati’s first President and his descendants represented the city of Cincinnati, the state and the nation at the highest political levels.
Women of Cincinnati
Throughout Cincinnati’s history, its women have contributed a great deal to the well-being of their community and beyond. This presentation recognizes many very prominent people, some still relatively well known, but also others who are no longer much remembered. In addition, you’ll hear the story of the hard work performed by many thousands of common women to raise and support their families and the increasing opportunity that has fortunately become available to them. It will become apparent why the iconic Tyler Davidson Fountain, featuring a woman supplying the vital life element of water to the people of the city, makes such an appropriate community centerpiece.
Space, the final frontier…
Many of us grew up watching Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise boldly explore the galaxy, and some of us wondered what it would be like to be out there with them... out there in the stars. Others did more than just dream and this is their story—this is story of the men and women from Ohio who have gone into space.
America's Story, from Depression to Super Power
Relive the incredible transformation from depression era despair, through the enormous come-back victory of the WWII years, all featuring Cincinnati’s contribution to this unprecedented time in history.
The Cincinnati Fire Department
This presentation starts with Cincinnati's independent volunteer fire companies, which fought fires and, sometimes, each other. It moves on to the establishment of the first fully paid professional fire department in the country. Along the way, the presentation explores some of what it takes to become one of the top fire departments in the nation.
Cincinnati During the Civil War
Cincinnatians played a big part in supporting the Union cause, but in late 1862 a Confederate Army marched toward Cincinnati. The city was in a panic! Less than a year later, Cincinnati was threatened again — this time by General Morgan and his raiders. Find out how Cincinnati responded to these emergencies in this fascinating program.
The Cincinnati Story - From 1788 to 1925
They called it the “Miami Slaughterhouse” during the early days of the Indian Wars. Soon it was America's original “boom town” and the “Queen City of the West.” This program highlights the people and events that have shaped Cincinnati history from the 18th century to the early 20th century.
Historic Hauntings Part 1
This program examines the history of ghost stories and hauntings in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area from the founding of the city right up to the present time. Did you know many older houses, as well as public places, have their resident ghosts? Hear the stories of local citizens, both well-known and regular folks, which were and still are affected by the supernatural. Learn what haunted places still exist today and where they are located. Appropriate for adults.
Historic Hauntings Part 2
This program is a continuation of the Historic Hauntings Part 1 program. It examines additional ghost stories and hauntings in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Hear how not only houses and public places, but also bridges and railroad tracks, are affected by the supernatural. Learn what haunted places still exist today and where they are located. Appropriate for adults.
Historic Hauntings Part 3
This program is a continuation of the Historic Hauntings Part 2 program. It examines additional ghost stories and hauntings in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Hear how not only houses but libraries, schools, restaurants and other public places are affected by the supernatural. Learn what haunted places still exist today and where they are located. Appropriate for adults.
Grand Old Theaters of Cincinnati
Do you remember the Grand, Lyric, Keith, Capitol, Cox, Times and Royal theaters? How about the magnificent Albee, Shubert and Palace theaters? And did you ever visit the Gayety Burlesque House? We will look back at these fabulous grand old theaters including the buildings and the shows that played there — vaudeville, burlesque, musicals, comedy, stage plays and movies. We will focus on their history from the time they opened until they played their final show with the wrecking ball.
Greater Cincinnati's Veterans' Memorials
Take a patriotic tour of Veterans’ memorials located in the Hamilton County area. The program describes memorials and tributes to military personnel from the Cincinnati area and includes a brief history of each memorial. The time span covers two centuries, from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War. It is appropriate for groups with an interest in military history or patriotic holiday programs.
National Historic Landmarks
Take a virtual tour with us to 14 sites in Hamilton County designated as National Historic Landmarks by the US Department of the Interior. These are places in our area that have played an important role in shaping America’s history.
Find out how the Temperance Movement and the Anti-Saloon League pushed through the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquor in the U.S. Find out why the new law was impossible to enforce and how bootleggers, such as George Remus, and organized crime flourished over the 10 years the law was in effect. Learn how the consequences of Prohibition affect our society today.
The Sad, Seamy, Sinister Side of Cincinnati
Serial murderers, grave robbers, epidemics, personal tragedies and even slime are all part of Cincinnati’s history. Spend an hour hearing stories about some of Cincinnati’s most notorious citizens and their nasty deeds. Listen to details about a few of Cincinnati’s saddest stories. Learn how two of Cincinnati’s presidents were victims of ghastly graveyard activities. Tragedies and crime abound in this program. Come prepared to be shocked and saddened. Appropriate for adults.
Sequel to the Sad, Seamy, Sinister Side of Cincinnati
A maritime disaster, local incline accidents, beheadings and an infamous fatal riot are all part of Cincinnati’s history. Spend an hour listening to more stories about some of Cincinnati’s most notorious and ghastly happenings. Hear firsthand descriptions of the city’s seamy and sinister side from a local reporter who would later become a world-renowned author. Once again, come prepared to be shocked and saddened. Appropriate for adults.
The Story of Northside
Learn of Cincinnati’s oldest suburb, settled by pioneer surveyor Israel Ludlow. Ludlow built the first blockhouse on this land and was soon followed by many other settlers. The neighborhood developed into a retail and industrial center as well as the home site for wealthy Cincinnatians. Suffering a decline after World War II, it began to emerge as a revitalized neighborhood today.
Twentieth Century Cincinnati
During the 20th century, Cincinnati evolved from one of the worst governed cities to one of the best. It grew into a city that had a plan, a river city and a highway metropolis. During that time it responded to two world wars, a depression and a changing world economy. This picture tour shows many of these changes, some of our celebrations and the city’s changing face as it became the center of the metro area.
Up & Away to Mt. Auburn
Mt. Auburn was Cincinnati's first hilltop suburb, where wealthy 19th century citizens lived above the city's crowded basin. This scenic neighborhood was the birthplace of William Howard Taft and home to many fascinating people, including two Ohio governors. William H. Doane, industrialist, hymn writer and collector of musical instruments, lived here, and his collection is now at the Cincinnati Art Museum. You’ll also see many beautiful buildings, like Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church with its Tiffany windows, and hear the compelling story of public service by the interdenominational God's Bible School and College.
From the Civil War through the Cold War, ships bearing the name "USS Cincinnati" have served in the US Navy. This program explores the history of the ships named for the Queen City and the roles that they have played.
Cincinnati Style Chili
One of the most interesting local success stories of American immigrants is that of Cincinnati chili, the culinary delight that means home to many Cincinnatians. The story of the families who developed this epicurean delight is filled with mystery, as they developed their companies and hold close the recipes that are uniquely their own. Hear of the more-famous companies as well as the lesser-known chili parlors in the area.
Do Pigs Fly? The Story of Porkopolis
Cincinnati was once known by the nickname of “Porkopolis,” the largest meat packing center in the world. Visitors to the city often had to walk down streets crowded with pigs being herded to city slaughter houses. Pigs from Cincinnati fed our country, and the meat packers’ methods also helped to revolutionize the country’s industries. From pig pens to the dinner plate, learn how pigs helped build Cincinnati.
Industries that Built the Queen City
Starting in 1870, we will look at the early industries that made Cincinnati the Queen City. Become an active participant and guide this talk’s focus. We can ensure that you will learn something new about the commercial development of the city we call home.
Wooden Shoe Hollow
They came from Westphalia, Germany, over a century ago, but these "Inwanderers" did not go "Over the Rhine.” Instead, Inwanderers settled across Mill Creek. They were gardeners and truck farmers, and for nearly 100 years they sold their produce in downtown Cincinnati markets. They lived together in a fertile hollow north of Spring Grove Avenue and Winton Place, where many of their greenhouses can still be seen. The group carried on the tradition of wearing wooden shoes in their gardens, worshiping in their German church and dancing on Saturday nights to the music of their homeland. This program presents their history from the mid-1850s to the present.
The Story of Bourbon
This is a two-part presentation. The first part is the story of bourbon and how it fits into the history of liquor in the United States. In the second part, we will use pictures and short videos from Kentucky’s famous distilleries to explain how bourbon is manufactured.
Frontier and Early Education
Along with the hardships of the frontier, it was a priority that the children of pioneers were taught the three “Rs”— readin’, 'riting and 'rithmetic — by the family hearth or in the one room schoolhouse. In the early 1800s, through community effort, Cincinnati created several schools, making it the first city to have public schools in the Northwest Territory.
The Rise of Public Schools
In 1825, the State of Ohio passed a law for a half-mill tax to pay for public schools. That led to the establishment in 1829 of the “Common Schools of Cincinnati.” Hear how, prior to the Civil War, the city’s African-American residents successfully moved to create their own, separate public school system. Find out about the "Bible Wars" that impacted public schools.
The Rise of Colleges and Universities
Since Cincinnati’s founding, its expanding and varied population has had a need for a variety of institutions of higher learning beyond secondary schools. Explore some of the diverse colleges and universities, other than the University of Cincinnati, that developed to answer this expanding public request.
Parochial and Private Schools
Hear about the establishment of private, Catholic, Jewish and other independent schools in Cincinnati, including the growth of early Irish and German speaking schools. Styles of teaching and enrollment in the private schools will also be discussed.
University of Cincinnati
Hear the story of the bequest from Charles McMicken in 1870, which became the foundation that created the University of Cincinnati. While we know UC today as a large state-owned national research university, many of its best-known colleges began in the 19th century as independent schools, reflecting the educational strengths and needs of a growing and diverse population.
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