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Three Acts in Over-the-Rhine

  • Peaselee Neighborhood Center 215 East 14th Street Cincinnati, OH (map)

First launched in July 2015, this guest lecture 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. The first “Three Acts” was held at Crown OTR near Findlay Market in OTR, and the second at the nearby Philippus United Church of Christ.


Both events attracted around 75 attendants and served as valuable fundraising opportunities for the burgeoning Over-the-Rhine Museum. The next “Three Acts” will be held at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center (215 E 14th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202). The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.


Doors open at 6pm; event lasts from 6:30pm until 8pm; light refreshments will be available. The presenters include Jennifer Summers and Larry Fogle of the Peaslee Neighborhood Center, Dr. Christine Anderson, an Associate Professor of History at Xavier University and Dr. Eric Jackson, an Associate Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University.


Jennifer Summers of Peaslee Neighborhood Center, will present information about Peaslee's Community Oral History Project in Over-the Rhine. Peaslee Neighborhood Center is a peaceful place in Over-the-Rhine where residents create and engage in participatory education to foster creative expression, self-determination, and social change. Summers and Fogle will share some narratives gathered as a part of the project and discuss the value of oral history in capturing, understanding and honoring community history.


Dr. Christine Anderson, who also co-directs the Public History program at Xavier, will be sharing the story of Sisters Justina and Blandina Segale and the Santa Maria Institute during the early 20th century. With her research focus in Black and women’s history, Dr. Anderson will discuss these two women’s efforts at the Santa Maria to assist struggling Italian immigrants in OTR. Dr. Eric Jackson, who is also the Director of the Black World Studies program at NKU, will talk about the push and pull factors involved in African American migration to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood from 1900 to the 1980s.


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Following the presentations there will be a reception with refreshments and light bites.


Thank you to Peaslee Neighborhood Center for providing their space and collaborating with us on this event.



As the host of “Three Acts,” the Over-the-Rhine Museum is a non-profit organization that “inspires understanding and respect for the people who have created and lived in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood by working with visitors and community members to uncover, present, and preserve their stories in an immersive experience.” In the near future, the Museum will be housed in a historic tenement, and will use the stories of that building's residents to explore the larger history of urban America. It will be a vibrant and flexible space that will invite and welcome people of all backgrounds to share the diverse history of Over-the-Rhine.