Exhibits

At the Main Library

Reflections on the River: Steamboat Images from Yesterday

“Winter Packets” by Michael Blaser, copyright 2003, used with permission“Winter Packets” by Michael Blaser,
copyright 2003, used with permission

From 1811 to the present, thousands of steamboats have traveled the Ohio-Mississippi Rivers system. Today, the steamboat is a source of fascination for many people: artists, historians, genealogists, and model builders, among others. This exhibit features representative works of maritime artist Michael Blaser. Complementing his fine art prints are books, pamphlets, illustrations, and ephemera related to some of the steamboats depicted in his artwork.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Michael Blaser will present a lecture Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Huenefeld Tower Room.

The exhibit will be on view August 15–November 16 in the Rare Books & Special Collections Department.

Up and Down the Ohio River

Cruise up and down the Ohio River with a display of children’s books, posters and artifacts that highlight the Ohio River and the Steamboat Era.

The exhibit will be on view September 1–October 15 in the Children’s Learning Center.

Ohio Rings in its Bicentennial: Forging a Legacy, the Verdin Company

This exhibit explores the history of the Verdin Company and the bell casting process. The Verdin Company has been a pioneer in the bell and clock industry since 1842, when it installed its first tower clock in Cincinnati. In celebration of Ohio’s Bicentennical it has developed the world’s first traveling bell foundry.

The exhibit will be on view September 4–November 15 in the Art and Music Department.

Along the Ohio with Photos by Andrew Borowiec

cover of Along the Ohio by Andrew Borowiec

For a dozen years Andrew Borowiec traveled through the Ohio River valley taking photographs of the small blue-collar towns that dot the banks of the river. His duotone images explore “the cultural landscape of the region” and are a compelling testimonial to the beauty of the Ohio River valley. This exhibit includes sixty photographs from Borowiec’s book, Along the Ohio.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Andrew Borowiec will be on hand for a lecture and booksigning Sunday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Huenefeld Tower Room.

The exhibit will be on view September 1–October 31 in the Main Library Atrium.

Fallen Timbers: Transforming the American Frontier

Presented by the Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area, this exhibit features two camps—one Native American and one American Legion—as they would have appeared prior to the Battle of Fallen Timbers. Visitors will be able to enter a wigwam, handle material that would have been used by Native Americans, see how officers and soldiers of the American Legion would have dressed, and listen to knowledgeable costumed interpreters talk about the battle that opened the Northwest Territory.

The exhibit will be on view October 24–26 in the Main Library Atrium.

At the Branches

Anderson Branch
The Island Queen: Coney Island Steamer
A nostalgic look at one of Cincinnati’s favorite excursion boats.


Green Township Branch
Excursion Boats: A Day of Fun on the River
A delightful trip on the river during the early 20th century.


Harrison Branch
The Magnolia: Cincinnati-Maysville Packet
Built in 1859, the steamer Magnolia ran nearly nine years before she met her tragic end.


Madeira Branch
Tonight at the Landing—Showboat!
An entertaining glimpse at theatre on the river.


North Central Branch
When the River Left Its Banks
An historical glance at floods in Cincinnati.


Oakley Branch
Cincinnati Steamboats Seen Through the Camera Lens of Richard L. Hunster
Views of steamboats taken by local African American photographer Richard L. Hunster between 1896 and 1918.


All branch exhibits will be on view September 15–October 20.

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