Join us as Soapbox celebrates the historic legacy of Walnut Hills at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Walnut Hills on December 14.
This speaker series will explore stories of the family, friends and colleagues that occupied the Beecher-Stowe family and neighboring Lane Theological Seminary from the 1830s to the 1860s. Cincinnati, and Walnut Hills specifically, were at the nexus of the region’s abolitionist, civil and human rights and Underground Railroad movements.
While you’re there, catch a final glimpse of “Rethinking Porkopolis,” Stowe House’s exhibit on the history of pigs and pork packing in Cincinnati and the industry’s ties to the American South.
An esteemed panel of history enthusiasts will lead the discussion, which will include a tour of the Beecher-Stowe House before the extensive renovations begin in 2017. Panelists include:
Chris DeSimio, President of the Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Inc.
Sue Plummer, President of the Walnut Hills Historical Society
Christopher Phillips, UC Professor and Dept. of History chairperson and author of The Rivers Ran Backwards
The event will also feature Robert Gioelli, UC Blue Ash Assistant Professor of History and “Rethinking Porkopolis” curator. Walnut Hills resident and advocate Kathryne Gardette will moderate the discussion.
Doors open at 5:30pm with appetizers and drinks. The panel begins at 6:00pm with short presentations on the Beecher-Stowe House; the Lane Seminary; and why preserving the historic legacy of Walnut Hills impacts creative placemaking today. A 30-minute Q&A will follow.
Visitors can park in the house’s rear lot, along the side street or across Gilbert Avenue, courtesy of the African-American Chamber of Commerce.
This event is free as part of the Walnut Hills On The Ground series. On The Ground in Walnut Hills is underwritten by Place Matters partners LISC and United Way and the neighborhood nonprofit Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation who are collectively working together for community transformation. Additional support for data and analysis is provided by The Economics Center. Prestige AV and Creative Services is Soapbox’s official technology partner.
RSVP by December 13.