Over the Rhine: When Beer Was King


Author lecture and book signing.

In the 1870s, Over-the-Rhine (OTR) was comparable to the cultural hearts of Paris and Vienna.  By the turn of the last century, the neighborhood was home to roughly 300 saloons and had over a dozen breweries within or adjacent to its borders.  It was beloved by countless citizens and travelers for the exact reasons that others successfully sought to destroy it.  This is the story how the "Paris of America" became a time capsule.

Springboro Branch

March 2 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Adults 18 & up.  Seating on first come basis.


Michael Morgan is the author of "Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King" and is currently working on a second book.  He has been retained by the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. to research and write the narrative for the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail.  He was voted "Best Local Author" by CityBeat readers in 2011 and named one of Cincinnati's "Most Interesting People" by Cincy Magazine in 2014.  A graduate of the University of Toledo Law School, he currently practices law part-time, writes, and runs Queen City History and Education, a company that gives historic walking tours, lectures, and provides historic consultation services.  Morgan has dedicated much of the past ten years to the revitalization of Over-the-Rhine.  He started the first historic brewery tours in Cincinnati in 2006, created the beer garden at Findlay Market, and has been organizing the annual Bockfest since 2006. 



Crack the Cursive Code - Handwriting History and Appreciation of the Art


Throughout the month of February, there are four classes available that talk about "Cracking the Cursive Code." These programs are designed for students in grades 3 through 8 or for adults wanting to learn more about the history of handwriting. Supplies will be provided for everyone.

handwriting quoteIn this first class, local artist and calligrapher Ann Bain will talk about how handwriting has changed throughout time. How it has become a lost art that is slowly disappearing. She will begin to teach about cursive handwriting.

Registration is required and you can sign-up at either Franklin 746-2665 or Springboro 748-3200. It is not necessary to attend all four sessions. We encourage participants to attend as many classes as possible, particularly the first session. However, it is not a requirement to attend all four programs.



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