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NU Graduate Lecture Series: Lecture 3: “Even Chicagoans, when they die, shall hope to wake up in Cincinnati:” The Queen City Responds to Competition in the Middle West


When: Friday, April 6, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  

Where: John Evans Alumni Center, 1800 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Amy Danzer   847.491.3051

Group: School of Professional Studies

Category: Academic

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Presented by: Professor Henry Binford


Friday, April 6

@ John Evans Alumni Center (1800 Sheridan Rd. – Evanston)

6 p.m. - Program begins
7 p.m. - Reception to follow


This is a talk about what happened when a celebrity and media darling was displaced by younger rivals. During the first half of the nineteenth century, Cincinnati, Ohio was the biggest, fastest-growing, and most watched city west of the Appalachian Mountains. Beginning as a struggling little river town in the late eighteenth century, it became the sixth largest city in the nation by the 1840s. Stardom, of course, never lasts. By the late 1860s, Cincinnati had been surpassed in population by Chicago and St. Louis. But the Queen City’s civic elite did not just cry in their beer; they launched a number of endeavors to remake their city and its reputation. Their achievements and failures may be of interest, as Chicago and so many other cities strive to become successfully post-industrial.


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