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Cincinnati's German heritage is evident in its historic architecture, churches and family names, and even in its present-day celebratory events.

German presence in the city dates even before Cincinnati was known as "Cincinnati."

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The Black American Tree Project (BATP) is the brainchild of Danyetta Najoli and Freda Epum, and now it's getting a cash infusion allowing the program to reach more people across Ohio.

Elizebeth Friedman
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Elizebeth Smith Friedman was born to a Quaker family in rural Indiana, but a meeting with an eccentric millionaire who believed that William Shakespeare did not write all those plays would change her life, and the course of history.

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Downtown Cincinnati's Terrace Plaza Hotel was once among the city's centers of high society, with its striking mid-century design and fancy dining and drinking establishments. In recent years though, the shuttered and rundown hotel has been the center of controversy over its future.

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It may have been toxic levels of pollution in two central reservoirs that prompted ancient Mayans to flee the city of Tikal. That’s according to new details from researchers at the University of Cincinnati.

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To American slaves, Cincinnati meant freedom.

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People familiar with the hugely popular public radio StoryCorps project understand the importance of preserving and sharing humanity's stories. The Cincinnati Museum Center is endeavoring to document for future generations life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As the Cincinnati area joins the rest of the world in combatting the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, we are reminded that this is not the region's first brush with a global pandemic. The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic hit Cincinnati hard, too. 

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A new exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center tells the story of the Underground Railroad through children's storybook illustrations.

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The National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton is dusting off some if its less-frequently displayed artifacts this weekend. Secrets Revealed highlights some of the most exciting pieces of the museum's storage "closet."

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Cincinnati Edition speaks with New York Times bestselling author Adam Cohen about his new book, Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America, which explores how the court's rulings contributed to inequality in the U.S.

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Some of the greatest biographies of America's most important people have been written by the likes of David McCullough, Jon Meacham, Ron Chernow, and Doris Kearns Goodwin, among others. 

Sure, there are lots of biographies about America's first president. But author Alexis Coe - an historian who has appeared on CNN and the History Channel, and who has contributed to The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and other publications - wanted to take a deeper dive.

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The year 2020 will make 100 years since American women won the right to vote in U.S. presidential elections. While many thoughts of the suffragist movement gin up images of civil protests, there was much more going on in the fight for progress before 1920.

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The PBS anthology series American Experience returns Monday, Jan. 6 with McCarthy, which revisits the rise and fall of the Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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Longtime journalist and PR practitioner Dan Pinger is out with a new book that tells of those tawdry years in Newport. He's with our Media Beat blogger John Kiesewetter to talk about A Reporter's Memoir: When the Mob Ruled Newport.

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Some people want to avoid talking about politics while they load their Thanksgiving plates this Thursday. In need of another conversation starter? Try your family's history. Doing so can open up a world of information.

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The year 1619 is getting a lot of mentions lately, in large part because of the massive The 1619 Project undertaken by The New York Times. August marks 400 years since slavery began in America.

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Independence Day typically inspires many Americans to re-examine our nation’s founding principles and their relevance to our current circumstances.

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Before taking Ethnic Studies at Walnut Hills High School, Holly Bates wanted to talk about race but didn't feel comfortable because of what she thinks is a lack of knowledge.

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A Northern Kentucky library will host a safe-opening ceremony Thursday morning.  The hope is it will shine some light on local history. The 19th century safe was owned by the Covington-Cincinnati Bridge Company.

Over 350 artifacts and a mummy dating back more than 3000 years are all part of the exhibit Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs, now on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center

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Ohio has been referred to as the "Mother of Presidents." Seven U.S. presidents were born in Ohio: Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding. And an eighth, William Henry Harrison, was born in Virginia but lived most of his adult life in Ohio.

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Between 1882 and 1968, the NAACP documented 4,743 lynchings in the United States. All were abhorrent, but none was more socially and politically impactful than the lynching of Emmett Till.

Honoring Martin Luther King Day:

Roberta Schultz reviews the book Lynching and Mob Violence in Ohio, 1772-1938 (Published by McFarland), written by David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker.

Honoring Martin Luther King Day:

The life of author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe is on display on Gilbert Avenue each weekend at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. Joining our Barbara Gray to talk about the mission of the house and this woman's extraordinary life are Harriet Beecher Stowe House Director Christina Hartleib and Board Member Katherine Gibbons.

How The Great War Changed The Course Of History

Nov 14, 2018
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The "war to end all wars" began with Austria-Hungary's declaration of war on Serbia on July 28, 1914. The fighting ended when Germany accepted the armistice terms demanded by the Allies, on November 11, 1918. More than 17 million military personnel and civilians died, including 116,000 Americans.

The Cincinnati Observatory.
Keith Allen

The Cincinnati Observatory is known as the "Birthplace of American Astronomy." The nation's oldest public observatory is celebrating its 175th anniversary this month. On November 9, 1843, on four acres of land on what was then known as Mt. Ida, former president John Quincy Adams presided over the dedication of the observatory and the laying of the cornerstone. Following the event, Mt. Ida was renamed Mt. Adams.

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The Head of the University of Cincinnati's Archives and Rare Books has worked with a ghost for more than 30 years. He brings his unique perspective as he takes WVXU along on a mini-ghost tour.

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If you’ve ever wanted to step aboard a ship like the ones used by Christopher Columbus, this is your chance.

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