The exhibition honoring Cincinnati Preservation’s 50th anniversary is now open at Cincinnati Museum Center! It highlights CPA’s story from its founding by three women determined to save Native American and early settlement sites to saving individual buildings and reviving entire neighborhoods. 50 years of work comes to life through building models, blueprints, artifacts and more.
“Celebrating 50 Years of Working Together Saving Places” is located in the Culture Gallery of Cincinnati Museum Center. Admission to the exhibit, which runs through April 5, 2015, is free.
From the Introductory Panel:
Fifty years ago a group of Cincinnati citizens recognized that we were losing our historic sites and buildings at an alarming rate. One highly significant archeological site at Shawnee Lookout faced an immediate threat from a proposed transmission line at a nearby power plant. To address this crises they organized the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation in 1964. While working to save Shawnee Lookout they also began to educate themselves and the community about the other treasures in the region.
This exhibit presents the individuals who lead preservation efforts, the buildings they saved and, sadly, the many that have been lost. It also highlights the evolution of the preservation movement from its early focus on individual buildings to its current role in reviving entire neighborhoods.
The founders of MPA had to work hard to convince people of the value of the historic buildings. Today historic preservation is more widely appreciated and has become a central part of city planning. Cincinnati’s current urban renaissance is fueled in large part by redeveloping its historic resources.
Historic buildings and sites make the world more understandable and enrich our lives. We owe a debt of graduate to the founders and early leaders on MPA. The work they began continues today as new generations join the effort.