WALKING THE STORIES

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Join Us For an Exciting Adventure into All The Stories Over-the-Rhine Has to Tell!

photo courtesy of Victoria Voelker

UPCOMING TOURS

North of Liberty Tour - Sat. August 10, 2019 at 10:00 am
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tenement-life-north-of-liberty-walking-tour-tickets-68098140371

For all tours listed, meet at People’s Liberty located at 1805 Elm Street.

Advance registration is required. Please follow the Eventbrite links provided above, or email us at walkingtours@otrmuseum.org to register. Include in the subject line the tour date and time you are interested in.

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The Over-the-Rhine Museum is offering 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

  • Women’s History

  • Labor History

  • African American History W

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. 

TENEMENT LIFE 1 (SOUTH OF LIBERTY) 

photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

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.

WOMEN'S HISTORY

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.

 

LABOR HISTORY

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.

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TOUR POLICIES


Tickets are free but registration is required and tour capacity is limited to 20. Due to the high demand for tickets and the limited spaces available, only four spots can be reserved per email address.

These walking tours are rigorous; you will be on your feet for the full two hours the tour lasts. The route includes uneven, broken sidewalks and brick alleys from Findlay Market, south to Liberty, north to McMicken and then ending back at Findlay Market. Although there are no stairs, the tours are not handicap accessible; wheelchairs, strollers, shoes with wheels and pets are not allowed. Wear sturdy walking shoes; no high heels or flip flops.

Children under eight will likely find this tour boring. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. No dogs or other animals allowed.

There are toilets near the beginning and end of the tour, but there are no rest stops along the tour. Tour members should bring water and wear clothing appropriate for the weather, as well as hats and sunglasses. The tours will take place rain or shine except in dangerous weather such as an active thunderstorm.

Tour members will be required to sign a waiver prior to the tour and in consideration of the free tour, tour members will be asked to complete an evaluation form at the end of the tour.