We’re excited to welcome acclaimed writer Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to the Freedom Center as part of the Mercantile Library’s Harriet Beecher Stowe Freedom Writer series. Dr. Kendi is a leading scholar and voice on antiracism, earning accolades for his books Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in AmericaHow to Be an Antiracist and Antiracist Baby.

Dr. Kendi will be in conversation with Professor Emily Houh to discuss his work and his research, the state of equity and the scourge of racism in America and advice for advocates seeking to make the country a place where all can be free.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Freedom Writer Award series, begun in 2003, honors Stowe, who spoke at the Mercantile Library in 1873. Dr. Kendi received the Harriet Beecher Stowe Freedom Writer Award in 2020 because of his commitment to “writing to change the world.”

Signed copies of Dr. Kendi’s books will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $15 each and available now.

Denny Kato shares his family’s living legacy of the Japanese internment camps in WWII.


As a schoolboy, nobody believed Dennis Kato when he told them that his father’s parents and their families had been forced into incarceration camps simply because they were of Japanese descent. He is speaking up again now in hopes that you believe this happened in America.

About the speaker:

Denny Kato is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School and the University of Cincinnati.

Public Health Requirements:

This will be a hybrid program, with limited tickets available for on-site seating. It will also be livestreamed online to those who have reserved tickets. Online participants will be able to hear and participate in live Q&A after the lecture.

Lecture Series Sponsor:

Huseman Group’s Cincinnati headquarters have been based in Walnut Hills for more than 50 years, and the Group takes pride in the dynamic history of this diverse and vibrant neighborhood. The Group’s exponential growth in the early 2000s was largely due to a passion for and expertise in historic renovation—they value history and know that it is important to preserve the past in order to learn and grow into the future.

Jewish influences in Cincinnati have shaped our food, medicine, arts institutions, social justice movements, how we enjoy sports and more. Our Shared Story: 200 Years of Jewish Cincinnati is celebrating the lasting influences of Cincinnati’s Jewish community on the city we know today.

Meet the ordinary and extraordinary individuals whose innovation, persistence and creativity founded organizations, businesses and movements that shape our region today. Explore what “home” means, see how Cincinnati has influenced other communities worldwide and discover echoes of your own family’s immigrant and migrant experiences in these vibrant histories.

Discover, or rediscover, the stories of Rabbis Isaac M. Wise and Eliezer Silver, Albert Sabin and Henry Heimlich, the Krohns, Aronoffs and Rosenthals and the birth of Jewish Hospital, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and more. Learn about the traditions behind yarmulkes, dreidels and menorahs and the Jewish connection to baseball’s favorite phrase “going, going, gone!”

Ohio History Day, an affiliate and prerequisite to the award-winning National History Day program, asks students to be creative, collaborative and think critically about history. CMC is proud to organize and host Ohio History Day’s Region 8 competition for Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties.

The Region 8 competition will be held virtually this year.

Detailed directions on how to register for the contest and submit your project are in the 2022 Submission Guidelines Region 8 document found here.

Virtual submissions will be judged in all categories. There will be no student interviews conducted as part of the judging process as a directive from National History Day.

Registration open now.

Event Date: March 19, 2022

Registration Closes: February 25, 2022

Educators whose students participate are eligible to receive one free Conversation with an Expert with a CMC history curator, archivist or librarian.

Join us in commemorating the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center’s third anniversary at Union Terminal with a special performance of American Jewish composer Steve Reich’s “Different Trains.”

As a child during World War II, Steve Reich rode trains between his divorced parents in New York and Los Angeles. Later in his life, he realized that had he been in Europe, he would have been on very “Different Trains,” those leading to extermination camps. The piece highlights the intersections of history by combining the recorded voices of Holocaust survivors, American train porters, and train sounds, with the playing of the string quartet, to create a powerful, moving experience, and one uniquely appropriate for performance at the Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal.

This performance by 4-Way, Cincinnati’s String quartet, will also include African-American composer Rhiannon Giddens’ song, “At the Purchaser’s Option.” The two pieces evoke memories of a tragic past filled with oppression and dehumanization, experienced by Jews during the Holocaust and African Americans during slavery. At the same time both reflect on humanity’s struggle for survival and dignity in the darkest hour.

Register at the event website.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Holocaust & Humanity Center

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, survivor Eva Schloss will share her powerful story live in Reakirt Auditorium to commemorate the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center’s third anniversary at Union Terminal.

Born Eva Geiringer in Vienna, Austria, Eva and her family fled to the Netherlands after Germany annexed Austria in 1938. They were neighbors of Anne Frank’s family during their time in Amsterdam. After the Nazis occupied the Netherlands, Eva and her family went into hiding. The family was later betrayed and sent to Westerbork Concentration Camp and then to Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

After the war, Eva and her mother moved back to Amsterdam and reconnected with Otto Frank, whom her mother married — making Eva Anne Frank’s posthumous stepsister.

Learn more about Eva’s story during this intimate conversation with her on January 26. HHC will also unveil Eva’s virtual intelligence testimony in our newest exhibit, Dimensions in Testimony. Using specialized recording and display technologies and next-generation natural language processing, DIMENSIONS IN TESTIMONY, allows visitors to ask two-dimensional displays of Holocaust survivors questions and receive responses in real time.

This free event is hosted in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center.

Registration required. Visit website for details.

A Webinar with Cynthia Amnéus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles, Cincinnati Art Museum.
This event is online only.  It will be held virtually on Zoom. Link will be provided upon registration.

Mon. January 17, 2022 | Tickets on sale Tue. December 14, 2021

This January the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host its annual King Legacy Celebration! As was last year, 2022’s event will be hosted virtually—but don’t let that fool you. This year’s event will be filled with amazing speakers and performers, and much more!

There will also be activities throughout the day on MLK Day (1/17) at the Freedom Center, in addition to our permanent and temporary exhibits. So don’t forget to stop by!

Keep an eye out for more information on the King Legacy Celebration and related events.

The Holocaust Speaker Series, held each Wednesday at 11:00 am, features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Join us on Wednesday, December 15 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Dan Hurley.

Cincinnati’s beloved Dan Hurley shares stories about his father during World War II and his quest to uncover his father’s story, a white officer with an all African American company that was led by a Jewish Captain in the heart of the home of the Nazi movement. Hurley is writing a book about the hundreds of letters his father sent to his mother during the war.

You have likely seen Dan Hurley in the community through his previous roles as a reporter and host on Local 12 WKRC-TV and WVXU-FM, as the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Assistant Vice President for History and Research, Interim President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Director of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati program, and as the founder of Applied History Associates. Hurley is also the author of Cincinnati: The Queen City. HHC is thrilled to welcome him to a Zoom conversation.

Can’t make it in-person? Join us on Livestream.

The Skirball Museum is excited to participate in Hanukkah Homecoming Weekend, celebrating Hanukkah alongside Jewish organizations around the world. Join Skirball Museum Director Abby Schwartz for an “illuminating” illustrated talk about Hanukkah-related art objects in the Museum’s collections followed by the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah for the last night of Hanukkah. This event will be offered both in-person and on Livestream. Registrants will receive the Livestream link prior to the event.

We are also offering a Hanukkah gift for our guests: a visit to our current exhibition A Portrait of Jewish Cincinnati!

Register by Thursday, December 2 at noon.
Proof of COVID vaccination required for entry.
Masks required for staff and visitors.