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In collaboration with local experts, talks with the Taft reveal the Queen City's culture from new perspectives.

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Lunch & Learn | The History of Mount Adams with Jim Steiner 

Online Program*

Friday, September 24
12–1 p.m.

This September meet Jim Steiner, author of “Mount Adams: A History” as he discusses his book and the comprehensive history of Cincinnati’s oldest suburb. Discover the people and history behind the schools, churches, and business that sprang up on the hill and persevered through the Civil War, WWI, the Great Depression, Prohibition, and WWII. For more ways to experience this unique Cincinnati neighborhood, you can also register for our October Walking Tour, which includes a visit to “Mount Ida”—home of the first observatory in North America, made possible by early Taft historic house resident Nicholas Longworth’s donation of property.

Advance registration required. 

*This program is now virtual to provide the safest experience for our audiences. To learn more about the Taft's health and safety policies, click here.

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If These Walls Could Talk . . .  

On-Site Program

Thursday, September 9
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Go back in time, behind the scenes, and into the walls of the Taft Museum of Art. Join project experts and historic preservation consultants to explore the architectural history of the Taft’s 200-year-old house. They’ll explain the testing, probes, and investigations conducted to plan the building’s once-in-a-generation rehabilitation. This is the first of a three-part series of talks highlighting different facets of the Taft’s Bicentennial Infrastructure Project before, during, and after completion.

Museum and special exhibition admission is complimentary when registering online or at the admissions desk. Advance registration recommended. Reservations for this talk is separate and required in advance for in-person seating: FREE for members, $5 for non-members.

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J. W. Winder, Robert S. Duncanson, photograph, about 1868

J. W. Winder, Robert S. Duncanson, photograph, about 1868

Virtual Talk | The Legacy of Robert S. Duncanson: 200 Years in the Making

Online Program

Thursday, October 14
6:30–7:30 p.m.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Robert S. Duncanson’s birth. Join Valerie Mercer, Detroit Institute of Arts curator and department head of African American Art, for a presentation on Duncanson’s artistic career and his travels between Cincinnati and Detroit.

Reservations required. Free for Taft members, $5 for non-members.

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Lunch & Learn | Muses: The Women of Music Hall with Thea Tjepkema

Online Program*

Friday, October 29
12–1 p.m.

No one “knows more about Cincinnati Music Hall—its architecture, its history, its past performers, its recent renovation, and its status as a National Historic Landmark,” (Cincinnati Magazine) than Thea Tjepkema—a historian, preservationist, and archivist. This October, meet Tjepkema and discover her incredible legacy in preserving the Cincinnati icon.

Advance registration required. 

*This program is now virtual to provide the safest experience for our audiences. To learn more about the Taft's health and safety policies, click here.

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Hailey Bollinger Photo

Hailey Bollinger Photo

Lunch & Learn | Reimagining Cincinnati Architecture: The Swing House with Mark de Jong

Online Program*

Friday, November 19
12–1 p.m.

This November meet Mark de Jong an artist with a passion for transforming the architecture of residential houses in Cincinnati. De Jong’s inventive projects include Circle House, Square House, soon-to-be Stair House, and the well-known Swing House in Camp Washington, an immersive and experiential space with a two-story swing.

Advance registration required. 

*This program is now virtual to provide the safest experience for our audiences. To learn more about the Taft's health and safety policies, click here.

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