History

October 13 is the date for this year’s Columbia Tusculum Historic Home Tour, and local musician, artist and resident Cindy Matyi joins Lee Hay to share some of the events that will take place during the tour including art exhibits and live music in many of the homes.

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Lee Hay spoke with Diana Porter who is the organizer of a bicentennial celebration of College Hill on Saturday, September 21st from 11am-4pm.  The celebration will be a living history event spanning four neighborhoods from Northside to Mt. Healthy, with 9 living history sites focusing on the theme of abolition and the Underground Railroad.

Cincinnati's Historic Cemeteries

Aug 28, 2013
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Cincinnati's earliest roots trace back to what is now a cemetery.

Memorial Pioneer Cemetery,  the oldest cemetery in Hamilton County and the second oldest in Ohio, is hard to find even if you're looking for it. It's tucked away, small sign and all, across from Lunken Airport.  That's where Cincinnati Park Board naturalist Michael George is waiting. 

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Originally aired Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM 

December 3, 1979 became an infamous night in Cincinnati history as the deaths of eleven concertgoers forever changed crowd control and emergency preparedness. The Who concert has never been forgotten, and there has never been such a complete look at that tragedy and its aftermath as The Who Concert: 30 Years Later.

  

  July 27, 2013 marks 60 years since the signing of the armistice agreement that ended the fighting in Korea. Howard Wilkinson takes a look at what is often called “The Forgotten War” with two men who were there: Bob McGeorge, commander of Cincinnati chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association. During the war, his Infantry Battalion spent more than 1,000 days on the front lines. And Dr. Bae Suk Lee, who escaped his native North Korea after the Chinese invasion and served alongside American and allied troops during the war.

  Coordinated by the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project collects first-hand accounts of those who defended the US during wartime. Dr.

Betts Longworth Historic District

May 10, 2013

Fans of local architecture and some of the fascinating history of early Cincinnati will want to learn about the upcoming Betts Longworth Historic District walking tours happening on the fourth Saturday of the summer months. Jane Durrell welcomes in two of the walk organizers: Julie Carpenter, the director of the historic Betts House on Clark Street, and Judith Mann. The 90-minute walks start at 1:00pm at The Betts House and the $10 fee also includes admission to The Betts House.

Preserving Modern Architecture in the Midwest

Apr 19, 2013

The Cincinnati Preservation Association will host a two-day symposium entitled Preserving Modern Architecture in the Midwest on April 24-25. CPA Executive Director Paul Mueller tells our Stuart Holman that the event will be held at the historic, and recently renovated, Frederick and Harriet Rauh House in Woodlawn and will feature tours of the home and discussions of preservation efforts of modern architectural gems.

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The Cincinnati Observatory is celebrating an anniversary this weekend. It was 168 years ago that a prominent Cincinnatian made the city the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."

Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel must have been a pretty convincing guy. In the mid-1800s he went door to door to collect 25 dollar donations for a telescope and observatory. Cincinnati Observatory Outreach Astronomer Dean Regas tells the story.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Feb 15, 2013

In honor of Black History Month, Natalie Hastings, the communications director from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, joins Mark Perzel in studio to discuss special programs and exhibits at the Center this month, as well as provide a brief update on how the Center is faring with the growth of The Banks project in its front yard.


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Mary Remler is an expert on the various cemeteries in Hamilton County, and she joins Lee Hay to talk about some of the fascinating stories regarding Dunham Cemetery (aka Price Hill Potter's Field), Spring Grove and even Washington Park.


Cincinnati's Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Feb 1, 2013

You hear Chris DeSimio each Saturday morning hosting On the Money, but did you know besides being a successful investment counselor, Chris is also the president of the Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House? As we begin Black History Month, Mark Perzel turns the tables and interviews Chris about the importance of Harriet Beecher Stowe to the Underground Railroad, and provides information about her family and their home at Gilbert Avenue and Martin Luther King Blvc.  that is now meticulously maintained inside by the Friends group, and the Cincinnati Park Board on the outside.


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In Cincinnati, hundreds of people will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day.

A noon commemorative celebration at Music Hall is the culmination of a morning filled with remembrances. The day begins with a Freedom Center breakfast, a march to Fountain Square for a prayer service, and then a march to Music Hall. That's where the Honorable Judge Jeffery Hopkins will be the keynote speaker. There will also be choral and theatrical performances.

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UC is helping to spearhead an effort to digitize rare library collections worldwide.

Archivist and historian Kevin Grace is just back from Vancouver where he spoke to representatives from 26 countries. More and more people want to access special collections without having to go to remote places to look at them.

Grace says lots of U.S. universities are putting rare photos and books online but many other countries lack the resources to put the necessary background information to go with them.

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They're some of the most important historical documents ever discovered and now they're here in Cincinnati.

The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opens Friday, November 16th at the Museum Center.

It features more than 600 objects ranging from pottery to the scrolls themselves.

Uzi Dahari is deputy director of archaeology with the Israel Antiquity Authority.

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Two Ohio sites are now National Historic Landmarks. The sites in Dayton and Akron were added Wednesday along with 25 others.

Hillforest Explores the Unknown

Oct 5, 2012

Robyn Carey-Allgeyer shares information about upcoming paranormal tours taking place at the historic Italian Renaissance home, Hillforest, in Aurora, Indiana.

UC to digitize four decades of city scenes

Oct 1, 2012
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A collection of negatives and prints that gives you a look into Cincinnati's past is going on the Web.  Work begins today at the University of Cincinnati Libraries to digitize 8,000 images that include both interior and exterior shots of homes and city scenes from 1920 to 1956.   They were taken as part of the city's failed subway development and also to document various street projects. 

Kevin Grace, the head of UC's Archives and Rare Books Library where the collection resides, says the pictures give a crystal clear image of the city during that time.

Seven hundred very courageous men will be honored this weekend. Their service may have kept Cincinnati from falling to the Confederates in the Civil War.

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