Over-the-Rhine Museum is excited to invite you to be a part of our story series, Three Acts in Over-the-Rhine. Through this series we build relationships with individuals, businesses and organizations that are located in the ever-changing Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

First launched in July 2015, this guest story series brings in local historians, advocates, and residents of Over-the-Rhine who each briefly discuss a selected theme, topic, or era—an “act”—related to the neighborhood’s history. 

Three presenters are invited to discuss research or first-hand accounts related to a theme in relation to Over-the-Rhine for about 15 minutes each. The goal is to make those in attendance think about Over-the-Rhine, encouraging them to engage their surroundings more fully and discover that these stories are part of the evolving fabric of the neighborhood.

Each event attracted around 75 attendants and served as valuable fundraising opportunity for the new Over-the-Rhine Museum.


Share Your Story.

We are eager to collect new stories and collaborate with people from Over-the-Rhine. Volunteer to share your story.

Share Your Space.

Over-the-Rhine Museum has not found a permanent home yet. Every event invites our guests to experience a new building or place in the neighborhood. Spaces we have activated are Crown OTR near Findlay Market, Philippus United Church of Christ, Peaslee Neighborhood Center, and the Rookwood Pottery Factory. Volunteer to host an event.


We offer refreshments to our guests. Volunteer to donate food, beverages or fund an event.

To participate, contact us at hello@otrmuseum.org

Stories of Over-the-Rhine

The Stories of Over-the-Rhine travelling exhibit combines the personal stories of individuals from across time with specific locations in Over-the-Rhine.  Together these human and geographic stories reveal larger national trends and Over-the-Rhine’s place in them.

The entire exhibit of six easy-to-install, portable panels is available to display in your church, business, or storefront.  Hosting the exhibit is a great way to show your connection to the neighborhood and display these incredibly rich histories.  Each double-sided panel tells two stories of Over-the-Rhine, front and back.

This exhibit was funded by a Communication in the Urban Environment (CUE) grant through the University of Cincinnati.

The panel titles are:

  • From School to Center - The history of  Peaslee Neighborhood Center
  • An Electric Connection - A story about Cincinnati Streetcars
  • So Many Children -Webster School near Findlay Market
  •  Home Cookin’ - The History of Tucker’s Restaurant
  • Agreeable Social Contacts at the Turnhall - The story of the Cincinnati Turner Society
  • The Talk of the Town - The story of Aunt Maudie’s Bar and showplace
  • Accumulation of Filth - A story about tenement privies
  • Density & Deutsch - An introduction to the exhibit
  • Live Coffin’s Boarding House - The story of the Underground Railroad in Over-the-Rhine
  • There Could be No Worse Place For a College - Environmental issues and the University of Cincinnati
  • The Santa Maria Institute - An immigrant services center created by Sisters of Charity Sr. Justina and Blandina
  •  Always a Sharp Dresser - The story of the West End and displacement

If you would like to exhibit the panels on your site, please contact us at hello@otrmuseum.org

Oral History Project

Our Oral History Project records the histories of people who have lived, worked, worshipped, and played in Over-the-Rhine. Our goal is to collect, preserve, interpret, and share these incredibly rich stories.   We record their stories of the neighborhood’s past to give us all a perspective on the breadth and depth of histories of residents and those who’ve passed through Over-the-Rhine. These stories will be used to  help us interpret the Museum site, and will be shared digitally so that teachers, researchers, and the general public can listen to the stories of Over-the-Rhine. 


If you would like to volunteer to be an interviewer, or you know someone who would like to share their story, please email us at hello@otrmuseum.org