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  • Exhibits at The Filson Historical Society

Connecting the Dots: Exploring Your Family History August 31, 2018–February 28, 2019

Heirlooms are an important part of a family's story. What is saved and why? What clues do objects such as photos, scrapbooks, bibles, quilts and other keepsakes uncover about a family's history? Connecting the Dots features objects saved by families who settled in the Ohio River Valley. These keepsakes have been handed down from one family member to the next before being donated to The Filson Historical Society. In this exhibit curators pair objects with documents from The Filson's library and archives, including vital statistic records, census records, city directories, and manuscripts. In doing so, curators Maureen Lane and Kathryn Bratcher discovered exciting new stories about these families. This exhibit will inspire both new, and experienced genealogists, to look in unexpected places for clues to their own family histories.

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Gus Frank, a Louisville photographer, took this photo of Four Courts, the Highlands-Douglass estate of former Louisville mayor E. Leland Taylor in 1949. The board of the Louisville Hebrew Home purchased the property in 1949 and turned it into a residential facility for Jewish senior citizens called Four Courts, Louisville Hebrew Home.

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Made to Order: The Fashion of Geneva H. Bell August 31, 2018–December 7, 2018

Jackets of sequins, suede, and tartan. Dresses featuring geometric prints and metallic threads. A hat in mauve. A muumuu in seafoam. Explore the wardrobe of educator and activist Geneva Howard Bell (1905-2013), on view at The Filson Historical Society's Bingham Gallery. The exhibition includes custom-made textiles and hats from Bell's collection, dating from 1970 to 1990. Photographs will also accompany the garments. Often described in relation to her husband, Dr. Jesse Bell (1904-1998) the first African American physician to practice at Louisville's Jewish Hospital (not to mention love of her life and husband of 63 years), Geneva was a force of her own. Living to 108, Geneva spent her career as an educator, inspiring students and friends for decades. Curator Johna Ebling combines textiles, accessories, photographs, and interviews of Geneva's friends and family to illuminate the life of Geneva H. Bell.

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Blog offers inside look at collections and preservation

Off the Shelf

With millions of collection pieces at their fingertips, Cincinnati Museum Center's curators have more stories to tell than can fit on the museum floor. Off the Shelf is a tour inside the stacks of Cincinnati Museum Center, a closer look at the tools and techniques of preservation and research.

Cincinnati Museum Center's collections include Archaeology, Archives and Manuscripts, Ethnology, History Objects and Fine Art, Invertebrate Paleontology, Minerology, Moving Images and Sound Recordings, Photographs and Prints, Printed Works, Vertebrate Paleontology and Zoology. Join the curators as they pull items off the shelf and reveal the stories behind them.

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Temporary Library Closure

The Cincinnati History Library & Archives at Cincinnati Museum Center is temporarily closed to the public to facilitate the restoration of historic Union Terminal. As a result, guests will be unable to visit the Cincinnati History Library but may still access the library's online catalog, digital journals and other local history resources at Limited service via telephone and email are available, but the library will remain closed to the public throughout the duration of the restoration project.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause but hope that you will explore our online resources to support your research needs. We look forward to seeing you in the library again when the restoration project is completed. Please visit the library website at for updates and additional information. [End Page 91]

Chocolate: The Exhibition is a sweet treat for the mind

From kings to kids, rainforests to candy wrappers, experience the global journey of everyone's favorite treat. Chocolate: The Exhibition traces the evolution of the cacao bean from a divinely bitter Mayan drink fit for royalty to the various sweet varieties marketed...


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