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Labor History Walking Tour

  • Cincinnati Shakespeare Company 1195 Elm Street Cincinnati, OH 45202 (map)

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 at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (1195 Elm St), by the southwest corner of Elm and 12th streets.

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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 strenuous; you will be on your feet for the full two hours the tour lasts. The route includes uneven, broken sidewalks and brick alleys. 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.

Public parking is available at the garage below Washington Park with entrances on both Race and Elm streets. Please allow ample time to park your car so you can get to the starting point on time. If you can, walk, bike, take the bus, or park somewhere else and take the Streetcar to Music Hall/Washington Park and you'll be just a block away!