History and Stories

As NKY’s Oldest City, Newport Has Rich Architectural Heritage and Treasures Abound

by Margo Warminski, CPA Preservation Director originally published in Northern Kentucky Tribune   Newport is the oldest of Northern Kentucky’s river cities, with a rich history of buildings, their owners, their designers and their occupants. For too long, this legacy was neglected, if not scorned, by investors who wanted to make a quick profit from …

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Pioneer Memorial Cemetery

Pioneer Memorial Cemetery: A Site of Intertwined Histories

text and photos by Maya Drozdz   Located on a small hill near Lunken Airport and maintained by the Cincinnati Parks Department, Pioneer Memorial Cemetery is the oldest graveyard in Hamilton County. It sits on a plot of land once occupied by Columbia Baptist Church, founded in 1790, just a few years after settlers landed …

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Historic Home and Underground Railroad Site Walking Tour of Ripley, OH

text and photos by Ripley Heritage, Inc. Originally published on RipleyOhio.net   Underground Railroad sites are indicated as UGRR A project of several years came to fruition in 1985 when Ripley’s historic district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 55-acre historic district is believed to be the largest in Ohio for …

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Preservation at Home: “History at the Forward Looking University”

https://youtu.be/AXFcNHfVNZE About the Talk   In 2019 UC celebrated its bicentennial. Students strolling around campus could hardly guess their school had such deep roots. A major reconstruction of the campus in the early 21st century has left the institution where “Next Lives” disconnected from its history, in both form and function. This talk explores how …

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Mansion Hill — From Genteel Subdivision to Multiple-Units to Historic District

by Margo Warminski, CPA Preservation Directororiginally published in Northern Kentucky Tribune     Newport, Kentucky’s Mansion Hill is one of America’s great historic preservation success stories. And like many historic districts nationwide, its plot is familiar. From starting as a genteel subdivision to houses that have been subdivided into multiple units, and finally, to careful …

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Music Hall

Friends of Music Hall: Stewards of Cincinnati’s Iconic Performance Venue

by Rick Pender   The Friends of Music Hall began in 1987 with a different name. It was founded as the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, established to support the maintenance and improvement of Music Hall, Cincinnati’s iconic 1878 performance venue designed by renowned architect Samuel Hannaford. Over the years, the hall has …

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Hillside Suburb of Newport, Clifton, Agreed to Be Annexed in 1935, in Great Depression

by Margo Warminski, CPA Preservation Directororiginally published in Northern Kentucky Tribune   “In the late 19th Century, improvements in transportation made it more practical to develop the hillsides. It was at this time that the city of Clifton, a hillside suburb of Newport, was developed. Clifton was incorporated in 1888 by developers who chose the …

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