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Cincy Upstander Project: Sharing Stories and Preserving History in Cincinnati’s West End, Over-the-Rhine, and Beyond

January 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cincy Upstander Project: Sharing Stories and Preserving History in Cincinnati’s West End, Over-the-Rhine, and Beyond
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 12:00 pm | Zoom
Presented in partnership with the Over-the-Rhine Museum, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library, University of Cincinnati Public History Program, and Cincinnati Museum Center.

Hear from three upstanders, Keloni Parks (Ke), Dr. Anne Delano Steinert, and Dr. Rebecca Wingo, preserving history in Cincinnati’s West End, Over-the-Rhine, and beyond through oral history projects, museums, and community-based history projects. This discussion will illuminate the vital work of making history publicly accessible and of carrying forward the stories of diverse community members.

Keloni Parks (Ke) is a Branch Manager at the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library, and was born and raised in Cincinnati. She attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for visual art, but after graduating from MICA, she decided to pursue librarianship, realizing that she’d be able to help people and be creative. Ke is currently serving on the board of the Mercantile Library, and is interested in history (especially Black and urban history), and always trying to figure out how she can better serve the community. 

Anne Delano Steinert is a preservationist, educator, and historian with over two decades experience working with the urban environment. Steinert is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the history department at the University of Cincinnati where she studies public history and the history of the built environment with a focus on late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Cincinnati. She is the founder of the Over-the-Rhine Museum and curator of the Look Here!, Schools for the City, and Finding Kenyon Barr exhibitions. She was the co-creator of the New Deal Neighbors oral history project which focuses on Greenhills, Ohio and has also taught at Xavier University. She is currently researching UC’s founder, Charles McMicken and helping to create a new center for community-focused public history and urban planning collaborations at UC. 

Rebecca Wingo is a scholar of the Indigenous and American West and the Director of Public History at the University of Cincinnati. Broadly, she studies houses: homesteads in the West, houses replacing tipis on the Crow Reservation in Montana, and the use of eminent domain to displace Black citizens for highway construction. She recently co-edited a volume called Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy that seeks to explore the best practices and ethical challenges of academic and community partnerships. (It’s available for free online.) 

This program is part of the Cincy Upstander Project’s monthly program series. Through generous funding from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and creative support from the AGAR agency, the Cincy #UPSTANDERPROJECT aims to inspire our community to become upstanders through a city-wide art campaign, monthly programs, museum tours, and training opportunities.

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January 19, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm