October 31, 2001

The Tafts & Their Legacy Takes Look at Contributions of Taft Family at Madeira Branch Library November 14

An entertaining look at the artistic, cultural, philanthropic, social and political contributions of the Taft Family to Greater Cincinnati will be presented at the Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Avenue, on Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m. by Phllip C. Long, Director of the Taft Museum of Art. The Tafts & Their Legacy will focus in particular on Charles Phelps Taft, who founded the museum, and his wife Anna. Other famous residents of the house that is now the museum--Martin Baum, Nicholas Longworth, and David Sinton�will also be discussed.

Charles Phelps Taft was a lawyer, philanthropist and publisher and half-brother of President William Howard Taft. Born in Cincinnati in 1843, he and his wife made notable contributions to the community. During their lifetimes the Tafts accumulated a massive art collection from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and in 1927 they donated it to the Institute of Fine Arts. The Tafts were renowned for opening their home on Sundays and inviting the public in for tea and a musical interlude. Shortly before her death in 1931, Anna donated the house to the city for the purpose of a museum. Today, it remains largely as it was. In keeping with a tradition started by the Tafts during their residency, the music room is also the site of Sunday afternoon chamber concerts.

Phillip C.� Long has been director of the Taft Museum of Art since 1994, and previously served on the Museum�s Board of Overseers. He is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and currently serves on a number of nonprofit boards and advisory committees. Under his direction the museum created a long-range plan that resulted in the first-ever-capital campaign to support the renovation and expansion of the 1820 Baum-Longworth-Taft House.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information contact the branch at 369-6028.






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4Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired. Please call 369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.