Oktoberfest: An Authentically German-American Tradition

The “movers and shakers” of the Germania Society’s first Oktoberfest. Photo courtesy of The Germania Society.

Written by Lisa K. Bambach, Cincideutsch Beginning August 23, Cincinnati will kick off its most vibrant festival season. Every weekend through mid-October, blue and white checkered flags will be hoisted, wurst will be sizzling on the grill, taps will be flowing with malty Bavarian-style lagers, and polka music will become commonplace. Cincinnati will be transformed

Crosley Field: Historic Home of the Cincinnati Reds

Crosley Field Home of the Cincinnati Reds 1940

Crosley Field was home to the Cincinnati Reds from 1912 to June 24, 1970. The ballpark was named Redland Field from 1912 until 1934 when local businessman Powel Crosley Jr. bought the franchise. The “Findlay and Western intersection” was home to the Reds for eighty-six and a half seasons. Before Redland Field was built in

Vintage Findlay Market Photos

Findlay Market (12)

A look back at Findlay Market several decades ago. The photos appear to have been taken at two different times, perhaps in the 1960s and 70s. The following interesting images were found in the University of Cincinnati’s Digital Collections. Hat tip to the Digging Cincinnati History facebook page for sharing one of these photos recently.

Photo Tour of the Old SCPA / Historic Woodward High School

The former SCPA / Woodward High School building was recently sold at auction to Indianapolis-based Core Redevelopment. The sale of the huge, historic building has sparked interest due to its unique features and prominent position in the community. The former school has an 1,100 auditorium, two gymnasia, a swimming pool, ornate stained glass windows, and

The Sycamore Street Studio of Theodore Gantz

Sycamore Street Studio of Theodore Gantz (2)

Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of visiting Theodore Gantz at his residence and sculpture studio on Sycamore Street on the border of Over-the-Rhine and the Prospect Hill historic district. His museumlike home, luxuriant gardens, Empire-style collection of statuary that would make the Mercantile Library blush, secret courtyards and working sculpture studio are a

Beautiful, Historic Photos of Cincinnati

Central Parkway looking west (flickr / annareid86420)

A breathtaking glimpse into the Queen City’s past.

OTR Gateway Quarter Wayfinding Map

Over-the-Rhine Wayfinding Map

OTR Gateway Quarter Wayfinding Map created by Laura Collins and Katie Garber. Click for full resolution. More information at otrgateway.com…

Over the Rhine concert at Washington Park

Over the Rhine concert, photo from the band

Over the Rhine returned to its namesake neighborhood last night to perform a grand opening concert at the newly expanded and renovated Washington Park. At the core of the band is husband-and-wife team Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist who lived in Over-the-Rhine for years before embarking on a musical journey that has brought the band

The Main Street Mosaic Steps

Main Street steps comparison, via flickr user mgsmith

Cincinnati has a plethora of public steps connecting the summits of its hills with the bottoms of its dales. Cincinnati also has an active public arts scene. What better way to marry the two than by using art to enliven Cincinnati’s steps? If anywhere has shown the ripple-effect that public art and its attractive power

The Grand Reopening of Washington Park

Washington Park Grand Opening, photo by Cincinnati Parks

Washington Park‘s ribbon cutting ceremony and grand reopening yesterday was a resounding success. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people braved the 100°+ heat and enjoyed a beautiful day of fun in the sun and shade – at the dog park, around the bandstand, reclining on cool grass under old growth trees, playing in the children’s