Welcome to Cincinnati Museum Center!

Please click the on the right side of the screen to proceed.

Quick Tips
QUICK TIPS GUIDE

As you navigate your virtual adventure, you will become familiar with the following icons. You can always access the "Quick Tips" page through the top navigation bar.

Screen Resizing

If you need to resize content in your browsing window, use 'ctrl' and '+' or '-' for Windows and 'command' and '+' or '-' for Mac.

Closed Captioning

Find the 'CC' button, located in the bottom right-hand corner of each video, to turn closed captions on and off.

Full Screen

To enter full screen mode, click the four arrow icon. To exit, tap the 'esc' key.

Let's begin our virtual adventure - VIDEO
Welcome to Shaping Our City II

Cincinnati Museum Center

Shaping Our City:
1920 to Today

Venture through time to explore the Cincinnati region from 1920 to the present day. From trains and cars to hyperloops and rideshare systems, Cincinnati’s transportation story is still being written. Explore historic vehicles and objects, maps, photographs, media and interactive elements to see how Cincinnati’s urban design has both connected and divided the city and its people, and peek into the future at what the next transportation breakthrough may be.

Adventure Roadmap
ADVENTURE ROADMAP

Shape the City

1920 to 1950

Click each box to reveal the topics you will explore in this virtual field trip.

1950 to 1980

Now and Next

Meet the Experts

MEET THE EXPERTS

Meet the experts from Cincinnati Museum Center and partnering learning institutions that will be guiding your virtual adventure!

Citizen of the Muscogee Nation
Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition

April Hester

Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition

Jheri Neri

Education & Outreach Manager, Red Bike Go Program

Elese Daniel

President, Hyperloop UC

Jake Gerbracht

Vice President, Hyperloop UC

Jacqueline Barney

Supervising Transportation Planner

Reggie Victor

Director, Tri-State Trails

Wade Johnston

Manager, Transportation Initiatives, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber 

Pete Metz

Cincinnati Museum Center

Archivists and Researchers

Cincinnati Museum Center

Learning Team & Youth Program Volunteers

Cincinnati Community

Edna Lindsey, Lana Mitchell, Emily Spicer, Hannah Thomas

WCPO Television Journalist

Hasker Nelson, Jr.

Scholar and Professor

Dr. Vibert White
Shape the City - Video
Shaping The City

SHAPING THE CITY

Use the interactive video below to explore how the region has changed over time.

General Photo Collection

Click the video icon to learn more!

Learn more about Shaping Our City.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Hover cursor over map for larger view.

Land Acknowledgment
Click the video icon to learn more!

Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition
Click the video icon to learn more!

1920 to 1950

1920 to 1950

Making Connections

As types of transportation change, the networks that support them take time to catch up. In the early 1900s, Cincinnati travelers had a problem: their systems of transportation weren’t working together. A plan was needed to meet the city’s growing needs more efficiently.  

Click the photo icon to learn more!

Learn more about Shaping Our City.

Cincinnati Subway

CINCINNATI SUBWAY

Images courtesy of the Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Click the video or photo icons to learn more!

Cincinnati's Lost Subway

Tunnel Construction

Tunnel Construction

Cincinnati Subway - Lease Campaign

CINCINNATI SUBWAY

Lease Campaign - Hover over image and map to see magnification.

Images courtesy of the Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Cincinnati Subway - Subway Route

CINCINNATI SUBWAY

Subway Route Map - Hover over map to see magnification.

Images courtesy of the Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Cincinnati Subway - Intended Route

CINCINNATI SUBWAY

Intended Route - Hover over map to see magnification.

Images courtesy of the Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Cincinnati Subway - Completed Route

CINCINNATI SUBWAY

Completed Route - Hover over map to see magnification.

Images courtesy of the Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Union Terminal - Gallery

Click on the icons to explore more about this area.

Union Terminal Digital Concourse – In-hand Interactive
Click on the image below to launch Union Terminal Digital Concourse - Interactive

Please close the new browser tab to return to this presentation.

Pullman Porters and Redcaps

Pullman Porters and Redcaps

Pullman porters served travelers on train journeys. Formed in 1925 by A. Philip Randolph, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters became the first labor union led by African Americans and a major player in the Civil Rights Movement.  

Click the photo icon to learn more!

Click the video icon to learn more!

Video provided by Hasker Nelson/WCPO & Cincinnati History Library & Archives

YOU DECIDE - Making Connections – In-hand Interactive
Click on the image below to launch You Decide - Making Connections - Interactive

Please close the new browser tab to return to this presentation.

1950 to 1980

1950 to 1980

As car ownership increased with automobiles costing less, the number of people riding public transit decreased from 45 million in 1960 to 25 million in 1970.

Click the photo icon to learn more!

Learn more about Shaping Our City.

1950 to 1980 - Gallery

Click on the icons to explore more about this area.