Cincinnati and the Tristate · History & Preservation

Library Resources

African Americans in the Civil War Booklist
By the end of the Civil War, nearly 200,000 African-American men (mostly former slaves) had made a critical contribution to the victory of the Union by serving in the Army and Navy of the United States. The Library offers students, genealogists, and historians one of the nation’s leading collections of military rosters, regimental histories, and general works on the service and accomplishments of African-American Civil War veterans.
African Americans in World War II
Learn more about the contributions African Americans made on the battlefield and the homefront during World War II.
Cincinnati: The City in Fiction Booklist
The city and its environs have been the setting for many novels. Take a novel look at our city with one of these books set in Cincinnati.
Veteran's Resources and Military History Booklist
The Library’s collection contains a wide variety of resources for military families and veterans, as well as many titles about U.S. and foreign wars. Here’s a sample.


AIA Cincinnati
From the Cincinnati chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Find information about architecture in Cincinnati, hiring an architect, contract documents, or link to the national AIA site.
Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati
Site offers information on news, programs, awards, and publications.
Emery Center
Find information about this historic theater in downtown Cincinnati and follow the progress of restoration efforts.

Heritage Groups

The Caledonian Society of Cincinnati
An organization devoted to preserving and promoting Scottish culture and heritage. The Society was formed in Cincinnati in 1827 and is the oldest Caledonian Society in continuing existence in the United States.
German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati
An umbrella association of 28 organizations in the Ohio Valley, with the common bond of interest in German-American heritage and culture.
Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati
Promotes and preserves the Irish culture through its mythology, music, dance, song, literature, language, visual arts, theater and sports.
Scandinavian Society of Greater Cincinnati
Promotes appreciation and understanding of Scandinavian heritage and culture.
Swedes in Greater Cincinnati
Preserves the Swedish heritage and culture through celebrations and activities in the Cincinnati area.

Historical Places

Betts House
Built in 1804, the Betts House is the oldest residential structure in the downtown Cincinnati area and has received a historic marker from the Ohio Historical Society. The website includes information about educational programs and exhibits.
Christian Waldschmidt Homestead
Located in Camp Dennison, the Homestead comprises three museums: Waldschmidt House, the home of Revolutionary Patriot, Christian Waldschmidt; the Memorial Barn housing farm implements of the pioneer era and a restored Conestoga wagon; and the Camp Dennison Civil War Museum. Tours, the Boy Scout American Heritage Badge program, and other youth programs are offered.
Cincinnati Historic Sites
Directory of local historic sites and museums.
Dinsmore Homestead
Learn what life was like in rural Kentucky during the 19th century at this restored working farm.
East Row Historic District
Located in Newport, Kentucky, all buildings in the East Row Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site provides information about its history, architecture, neighborhoods, tours, and events.
Exploring the Civil War in Kentucky
The Kentucky Civil War heritage trail includes more than 50 sites comprised of a collection of historic and interpretive sites from around the state, focusing on major transportation routes. Provides travelers with specific information and easy access to Kentucky Civil War sites, visitor amenities, and additional recreational and heritage tourism opportunities.
Historical Sites in Ohio
Guide to historical sites, museums, and landmarks in Ohio by
National Register of Historical Places in Cincinnati
Wikipedia article alphabetically listing the historic places on the National Register.
Ohio Historical Sites and Museums (Southwest Ohio)
Map and general information about a variety of historical sites in Southwest Ohio by the Ohio Historical Society. Includes Fort Ancient, Grant Birthplace, Harrison Tomb, National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.
Underground Railroad Information Station
Lists historical sites, properties, events and exhibits by the Ohio Historical Society relating to the Underground Railroad network.
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
A National Park Service guide to the Cincinnati birthplace of William Howard Taft, President and Chief Justice of the United States.

Historical Societies & Associations

Cheviot Historical Society
Offers a history and photo library of Cheviot, Ohio.
Cincinnati History Library and Archives
Contains information about books, maps, pamphlets, newspapers, manuscripts, and photographs available at this research library in the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Cincinnati Preservation Association
Formerly known as the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation, the Cincinnati Preservation Association is dedicated to the preservation of historic resources in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Cincinnati Transit Historical Association
Preserves transit information, photographs, ephemera, and memorabilia relating primarily to the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region. The Association offers monthly programs, sponsors trips to transit properties, publishes a monthly newsletter, and has speakers available for presentations. Provides information about events, meetings, and the Association's library collection.
Clermont County Historical Society
Provides information about meetings, programs, historical archives, and museum.
Coleraine Historical Society
Preserves the historical knowledge and materials of Colerain Township, OH. Includes historical calendars and a compilation of gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records of Colerain Township.
Crosby Township Historical Society
Works to preserve and restore historical buildings and historical sites located throughout Crosby Township, OH, which include Native American villages, early pioneer settlements, and Shaker buildings.
Deer Park Historical Society
Provides information about the Society's preservation efforts and brief history of the City of Deer Park, Ohio.
Delhi Historical Society
Provides information about the Society's museum, library holdings and history of Delhi Township in suburban Cincinnati.
Evendale Historical Commission
Provides historical information, oral histories, photos, news, and events for the Village of Evendale in Cincinnati.
Goshen Township Historical Society
Provides information about Goshen history, events, museum, and the Cook Log House.
Greater Loveland Historical Society
Includes information about the Museum, exhibits, events and the Rosemary Nisbet reference library.
Greater Milford Area Historical Society
Collects, preserves, interprets and promotes the history of the greater Milford and Miami Township, OH area.
Indian Hill Historical Society
Resources for schools, program information and articles about the history of the Village of Indian Hill, Ohio.
Madeira Historical Society
Provides information about the Society and history of Madeira, Ohio.
Mariemont Preservation Foundation
The Foundation collects and preserves historic archives, protects historic properties in the village of Mariemont, and advances appreciation for Mariemont’s significant archaeological period.
Mason Historical Society
Provides historical information about Mason, Ohio and The Alverta Green Museum, which houses a library for historical and geneaology research.
Mt. Healthy Historical Society
Provides information about the Society's activities, resources, and programs for Mt. Healthy, Ohio.
Norwood Historical Society
Provides information about the Society's activities and history of Norwood, Ohio.
Ohio Historical Society
Contains archives and research tools, a calendar of events, a guide to places of interest, and resources for teachers.
Price Hill Historical Society
Provides information about the Society, museum, bookstore, and history of Price Hill in Cincinnati.
Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Riverman
The Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen works to perpetuate the memory of Pioneer Rivermen and for the preservation of river history. Provides information about the Ohio River Museum, news, and related links.
St. Bernard-Ludlow Grove Historical Society
Organization devoted to preserving and researching records concerning the community that has become St. Bernard, Ohio.
The Symmes Historical Society
Provides information about news, events, projects, and history.
Terrace Park Historical Society
Provides information about the history of Terrace Park, OH. Includes a building survey, which contains information on each house and building in Terrace Park.
Warren County Historical Society
Provides information about the Society, museum, Glendower Mansion, educational outreach program, and history of Warren County, Ohio.
Westwood Historical Society
Provides information about the Society and the history of Westwood in Cincinnati.
Wyoming Historical Society
Provides information about the Society's activities, resources, programs, and history of Wyoming, Ohio.

Preservation & Community Development Organizations

Cincinnati Preservation Association
Formerly known as the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation, the Cincinnati Preservation Association is dedicated to the preservation of historic resources in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage
Located in the Price Hill community of Cincinnati, this urban-eco village fosters a sustainable urban neighborhood that promotes preservation through social, economic, and healthy lifestyles. The neighborhood contains the nature preserve, Imago, Cincinnati Zen Center, 100-acre woods, community gardens, and energy efficient housing.
Glendale Planning and Historic Preservation Commission
Provides historic preservation guidelines for the Village of Glendale and a listing of historic homes and structures in the Historic District.
Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio is the Statewide Main Street Coordinating Program in Ohio, which assists cities and towns within the state with downtown and neighborhood business district revitalization. Includes information about events, workshops, programs, and historic preservation.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
The LISC of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky works to bring project-related financial and technical assistance to community development corporations operating in Clermont and Hamilton Counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties in Kentucky. Includes a list of programs and resources.
Montgomery Historic Preservation Association
Works to preserve the historical and cultural atmosphere of the City of Montgomery. Offers educational programs.
Over-the-Rhine Foundation
Works toward historic preservation and improved social services through collaborations and partnerships to improve the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in downtown Cincinnati.
Society for the Preservation of Music Hall
Provides information about activities that support the maintainence and improvement of historic Music Hall in downtown Cincinnati.
Terrace Park, Ohio Building Survey
Contains information on each house and building in Terrace Park, Ohio, including its history, owners and resident names, building styles and materials, photographs, index of land deeds, census records, death and cemetery records, other genealogy information on selected families, anecdotes and related articles.
UC Community Design Center
Organizes collaborative interdisciplinary community/university partnerships for the research and design of physical improvements which serve the University’s urban area.
Wyoming Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission makes evaluations of the historic resources in Wyoming and recommendations to City Council for legislative action. Works with the Wyoming Historical Society, Planning Commission, Architectural Review Board, City Council, and City staff.

Ohio History

African-American Experience in Ohio, 1850–1920
Digital collection that illuminates specific moments in the history of Ohio’s African-Americans. Sources include manuscripts, newspaper articles, serials, photographs, and pamphlets.
Anderson Ferry
The Anderson Ferry, in continuous operation since 1817, has three Ferries: Boone 7, Little Boone, and Deborah A. Located about 8 miles west of downtown Cincinnati, the ferry provides the only automobile crossing between the I-71/75 Brent Spence Bridge and the I-275 West Bridge. Includes schedules, history, and related information.
The Friends of Freedom Society Ohio Underground Railroad Association
Works to research, identify, document, and preserve Underground Railroad sites throughout Ohio. Offers educational programs, activities, and events.
Guide to 20th Century African American Resources at the Cincinnati Historical Society Library
Online research tool to help uncover the important part played by African Americans in Greater Cincinnati’s history. Includes books, periodicals, theses, photographs, manuscript collections, and historical objects. The guide is organized by subject (business, churches, community leaders, housing and neighborhoods, sports, etc.). Alphabetical and chronological indexes are also available.
An interactive, multi-media website for the history of Lebanon, Ohio. Includes an interactive timeline, articles, and family histories.
Inland Riverboats Photograph Collection
Thousands of photographs from the Library's Inland Rivers Photographs Collection are now online. Share your memories and knowledge of the Inland Riverboats by contributing to our wiki.
Ohio Civil War Monuments
Concise descriptions of nearly 280 monuments, structures and selected grave markers throughout Ohio memorializing the state’s participation in the Civil War. Compiled and maintained by the Cincinnati Historical Society Library in conjunction with the Museum Center’s 2003 Civil War exhibit, Liberty on the Border.
Ohio History
Archive of articles published by the Scholarly Journal of the Ohio Historical Society.
Ohio History Central
An online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory, and history. Contains information, maps, timelines, and images.
Ohio in the Civil War
Privately run bibliographic site on Ohio’s involvement in the Civil War. Includes bibliographic resources on many Ohio regiments, personal narratives, a searchable index, and links to sites dedicated to specific regiments.
Ohio Memory Project
More than a century of Ohio history is documented with digitized images of historic documents and artifacts contributed by libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums from across the state.
Our History
A blog where reporters for share the history of people, places and events that have shaped Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Three Voices from Cincinnati’s Past
Access the Library’s digital exhibit about life in 19th century Cincinnati.