A New Exhibit At The Harriet Beecher Stowe House Traces Cincinnati's Pork Processing History

Sep 7, 2016

In the early 1800's, Cincinnati was known for its pork processing industry.
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There is a reason Cincinnati has adopted the flying pig as its unofficial mascot. It's a  reminder of the city's early days, when the pork processing industry was so vital to the city's local life and economy Cincinnati was known as Porkopolis. 

Rethinking Porkopolis, a new exhibit opening this week at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, explores just how much pigs and pork processing meant to the shaping and early growth of Cincinnati.

Joining us to discuss the exhibit are Rethinking Porkopolis Project Director and University of Cincinnati Assistant Professor of History, Rob Gioielli; Ohio Humanities Assistant Director Dr. David Merkowitz; and President of Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Chris DeSimio.

Rethinking Porkopolis opens September 9 at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and runs through December 11, 2016. The exhibit also includes a speaker series, with the October 6 keynote lecture presented by Professor Psyche Williams-Forson, an expert on African American foodways. For more information on Rethinking Porkopolis or the speaker series, click here.