Grab your lunch and join us!

Our popular Brown Bag Lecture Series take place at the Forest Park Senior Center. With an emphasis on Cincinnati history, these informative and exciting lectures will inspire you to be more curious about the community around you.

Brown Bag lectures are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but spaces are limited.

Lectures all take place at the Forest Park Senior Center, located at 11555 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Friday of the month.

Lecture schedule
Cancelled – Friday, March 20, 2020

Cincinnati and the Presidents

Cincinnati shares an interesting history with some of our presidents. This program describes the successes and failures, the personal and humorous sides of William Henry Harrison, his grandson Benjamin Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes and William Howard Taft.


Friday, April 17, 2020

Up & Away to Mt. Auburn

Mt. Auburn was Cincinnati’s first hilltop suburb where the wealthy 19th century citizens lived above the city’s crowded basin. This scenic neighborhood was the birthplace of William Howard Taft and home of 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 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.


Friday, May 15, 2020

Emery Family Legacy

The Emery family of Cincinnati became known for prominent buildings and their integrity, investment and influence. Their legacy was built on the foundation of Thomas Emery, Sr. in 1841 as a real estate and business entrepreneur. His work and that of succeeding generations have provided lasting monuments to the value of investing in Greater Cincinnati. Mary Emery, the city’s Lady Bountiful, built Mariemont and churches, hospitals, schools and museums. Jack Emery’s generation followed her lead building the Carew Tower-Netherland Hotel and continuing the legacy of philanthropy as a memorial to this influential family.


Friday, June 19, 2020

USS Cincinnati

From the Civil War through the Cold War and into present day, 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 they have played.


Friday, July 17, 2020

The Cincinnati Story, 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 they proclaimed it 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.


No program in August

Friday, September 18, 2020

Cincinnati and the Miami & Erie Canal

This program covers Ohio’s canal, concentrating on the Miami & Erie in Cincinnati. Learn about Ohio’s canals from construction to their final legacy. See several images of structures and buildings that existed then and how they’ve changed now to get an idea of the canal-era. Take a video cruise through a lock.


Friday, October 16, 2020

Historic Hauntings

This program examines the history of ghost stories and hauntings in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, from the founding of the city up to the present. 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.


Friday, November 20, 2020

Industries that Built the Queen City

Going back to 1870, look at the early industries that propelled Cincinnati to become the Queen City she is today. Along the way, be surprised and entertained as you are asked to be an active participant in the development of this topic. We can assure you that you will learn something new about the development of the city we call home.


Friday, December 18, 2020

Architecture - The Art Deco Era – 1920 to 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-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. Depressionera construction consisted primarily of government buildings, including the Federal Court House and Lunken Airport.