WALKING THE STORIES
The Over-the-Rhine Museum will offer a series of fascinating educational walking tours of Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine beginning in June 2019. Five different “Walking the Stories” tours lasting up to two hours will be presented on weekends from June through September. The tours will discuss:
Tenement Life - South of Liberty Street
Tenement Life - North of Liberty Street
African American History
The mission of the Over-the-Rhine Museum is to build respect and understanding for those who have lived and worked in historic Over-the-Rhine by preserving and celebrating all the stories that Over-the-Rhine has to tell. Our walking tours will share stories of real people who lived and worked in the neighborhood, from the early 1800s to the present.
Tours during the summer of 2019 are free of charge thanks to the generous financial support of the Ohio Humanities Council, Cincinnati Historic Homes, and the W.E. Smith Family Charitable Fund.
Advance registration is required. Information on how to register for these tours will soon be posted here.
TENEMENT LIFE 1 (SOUTH OF LIBERTY)
Have you ever wondered what changed when Cincinnatians stepped over the canal and into Over-the-Rhine? Our South of Liberty tour weaves visitors through the stories of Over-the-Rhine’s earliest residents between the Miami-Ohio Canal (now Central Parkway) and Liberty Street. Starting in the early 1800s with stories of German immigrants, we’ll explore how different people lived in this neighborhood over its long history. The tour concludes by talking about the homes and lives of more recent residents of Over-the-Rhine—Appalachian and African American families. This tour begins at Music Hall.
TENEMENT LIFE 2 (NORTH OF LIBERTY)
Do you know what a tenement is or how people lived in them? Our North of Liberty tour takes participants through Over-the-Rhine, north of Liberty Street, paying special attention to how people lived in this neighborhood in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The tour focuses on the built environment including outdoor toilets, bathing, water access and daily living and working conditions in densely crowded tenement apartments. This tour begins by Findlay Market.
Do you know the stories of the women of Over-the-Rhine? This tour explores women’s lives and work in Over-the-Rhine, from German-speaking immigrants in the mid-1800s up to African American women who moved to Over-the-Rhine in the 1960s. It explores topics important to women's history—work for women, childbirth and motherhood, and social activism. This tour begins by Washington Park.
Think going to work is a drag today? Come take a deep dive into working conditions and labor organizing efforts in Over-the-Rhine around the turn of the 20th century. Participants will visit workplaces including breweries, a woodworking shop, a tailor shop, and a cigar-making factory. They will experience how diverse and influential Over-the-Rhine was in the industries it housed and the labor organizing that occurred within its boundaries. We explore labor conditions, including labor organizing and strikes, and how opportunities were shaped by race, class and gender. This tour begins by Findlay Market.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Did you know that African Americans have played a vital role in the history of Over-the-Rhine?
Beginning with early abolitionist efforts in Over-the-Rhine in the early 19th century, this tour highlights the active role of African Americans in shaping Over-the-Rhine. The tour includes African American leadership, family life, leisure, education, discrimination, working conditions and pays special attention to recent social activism. This tour begins at Ziegler Park.