Live Virtual Speakers Bureau Presentations

Cincinnati Heritage Programs Speakers Bureau is pleased to announce our Zoom presentation schedule. The hour-long programs will be presented live on the 4th Tuesday of each month and are free of charge.

Follow the links below to register for these programs. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the Zoom webinar.

Ohio River Floods (Live)

March 28, 2023 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

Most of the time, Cincinnati peacefully coexists with the Ohio River. But what happens when Old Man River leaves its boundaries and becomes destructive? Learn how people in the tristate have been affected when major flooding occurs. Why did the early settlers choose a flood plain on which to build their cabins? During the 1937 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 it has impacted our response to the most current floods.


Grand Old Theaters of Cincinnati (Rebroadcast)

April 25, 2023 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

Do you remember the Grand, Lyric, Keith, Capitol, Cox, Times and Royal theaters? How about the magnificent Albee, Shubert and Palace theaters? Did you ever visit the Gayety Burlesque House? Look back at these fabulous grand old theaters including the buildings and the shows that were played there — vaudeville, burlesque, musicals, comedy, stage plays and movies. Discover their history from the time they opened until they played their final show with the wrecking ball.


A City Within a City – Union Terminal (Live)

May 23, 2023 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

Hear about the efficiency, functionality and many amenities Union Terminal provided for the train traveler in 1933. See how its modern design incorporated throughout the building made an everlasting impression of elegance. Learn how the renowned station transitioned from vacant building to award-winning Cincinnati Museum Center.


Cincinnati Inclines (Rebroadcast)

June 27, 2023 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

Revisit the rise and fall of Cincinnati’s Inclined Plane Railways. Built in the 1870s, these transportation lines provided a welcome escape from the crowded basin and opened the surrounding hills for future development.


The Rise of Public Schools (Live)

July 25, 2023 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

In 1825, the State of Ohio passed a law for a half-mill tax to be collected 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. And learn about the "Bible Wars" that impacted public schools.


Delta Queen and Cincinnati's First Family of the River (Rebroadcast)

August 22, 2023 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

The Delta Queen, an elegant steamboat loved by many for over 60 years, was brought to Cincinnati from California by the famous Greene family. Learn the history of the Greene Line Steamer Company and how 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.


Golden Age of Television (Live)

September 26, 2023 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

Hear about Cincinnati’s 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.


Union Terminal (Rebroadcast)

October 24, 2023 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

Rediscover our National Historic Landmark, Union Terminal, completed in 1933 and now considered the most iconic building in Greater Cincinnati. Learn about its history, construction and the artists who created the Art Deco masterpiece. Hear how it evolved into an award-winning museum complex while continuing to be a passenger train station.


The Cincinnati Story – From 1788 to 1925 (Live)

November 28, 2023 at 2 p.m. via Zoom

Cincinnati: America's original “boom town” and the “Queen City of the West.” Meet the people and relive the events that have shaped Cincinnati history from the 18th to the early 20th century.


Registration is required for these free online programs.

We thank you for your interest and look forward to bringing our passion to you.

Live Virtual Speakers Bureau Presentations

Heritage Programs Virtual Speakers Bureau presentations will return in 2023. The docents will be presenting 6 new presentations along with 5 of the most requested presentations from the past. These hour-long presentations will be presented on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. and will continue to be free. Registration is required for these free online programs.

Check back soon for a list of upcoming programs.

We thank you for your interest and look forward to bringing our passion to you.