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Three Acts in Over-the-Rhine: Summertime Fun

  • The Over-the-Rhine Community Center 1710 Race Street Cincinnati, OH, 45202 United States (map)

The Over-the-Rhine Museum is thrilled to announce the next installment in our quarterly lecture series, “Three Acts in Over-the-Rhine” on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at The Over-the-Rhine Community Center, 1710 Race Street in Over-the-Rhine.  

The hot and sticky Cincinnati summers have led to some wonderful diversions. Join us for three short talks about the revelry and playful pastimes that have seen Over-the-Rhine’s residents through the summer heat. Our speakers will focus on Cincinnati’s German saloon culture, a group of the famous 1869 Cincinnati Reds who lived in a boarding house on Main Street through their magical 57-0 undefeated season, and Music Hall’s celebrated Greystone Ballroom which opened in 1928, welcoming African American performers and patrons to Music Hall for the first time. From Cab Calloway to Billie Holiday, Fats Domino to many King recording stars, Greystone artists helped define the cultural life of Cincinnati’s African-American community and reveal a more nuanced story of Music Hall’s history.

Doors will open at 6:00 PM for appetizers before the event, with speakers starting at 6:30 PM.  The Museum suggests a $5 donation for this thrilling evening of little-known stories.  Guests can park in the Findlay Market parking lot and walk in through the Community Center’s Race Street courtyard.

Three-Acts in Over-the-Rhine is an innovative series designed to expose attendees to stories of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Each event features three fifteen-minute talks on the history of Over-the-Rhine. All three presenters answer questions together about their presentations. For advance tickets please visit Eventbrite at:

Our speakers for the June 7th program will be:

Larry Phillips
Larry has been doing research and writing on the history of baseball for over thirty-five years with a particular interest in the 1869 Cincinnati Reds. Though he spent his career with GE Aircraft Engines, baseball history is his true love. He is a member of the Cincinnati Vintage Base Ball Club, National Baseball Hall of Fame President's Club, the Civil War Roundtable, and numerous other historical societies and genealogical organizations. Larry will share the story of the 1869 Reds with a special focus on four members of the team who lived together in the Hummel House on Main Street just south of Over-the-Rhine.

Matthew Bauman
Matthew is a PhD candidate in German Studies at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on German Cincinnati’s beer culture and he teaches the department’s German-American Cincinnati course. In addition to Cincinnati and beer, he also studies documentary films made in East and West Germany during the Cold War. Matthew will explore Cincinnati’s nineteenth century saloon and beer garden culture looking at a few specific establishments in Over-the-Rhine including Weilert’s Saloon on Vine Street.

Thea Tjepkema
Thea is a board member of the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH). As a historic preservationist, she has researched Cincinnati Music Hall’s architectural history for restoration and preservation projects funded by SPMH and serves on the SPMH Tour and Education Program Committee as lead Content Curator and tour guide. Her research on the South Hall ballroom is part of a new SPMH tour initiative, “Under One Roof,” to tell the stories of Cincinnati’s diverse populations through the history of Music Hall.

The Over-the-Rhine Museum 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.


We are pleased to partner with the Over-the-Rhine Community Center and the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall for this program. To learn more about the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall or schedule a SPMH volunteer guide talk or tour, please visit:

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