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The Secret History of the West End: Building a Community Across the Races and Religions

7:30 pm - 9 pm
Hebrew Union College, 3101 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220

Join us Thursday, September 24 at the Mayerson Hall on the historic campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) to enjoy an evening uncovering the secret history of the West End. Local historians and authors will share details and their perspective on one of Cincinnati's oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. 

The West End began in 1804 when William Betts bought 111 acres of land and built his little brick house that still stands today. It developed as a bustling community that hosted diverse residents over time, evolving from the home of a local Protestant and Jewish merchants to a blended, changing neighborhood of all races and religions. 

Panelists include:

John Harshaw, author, Cincinnati's West End: Through our Eyes, historian, banker, resident and lecturer
Dr. David Stradling, Professor, Department of History, University of Cincinnati and author, including Cincinnati: From River City to Highway Metropolis
Carl Westmoreland, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, local historian
Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and the Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC, author and lecturer

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. 
You can reserve tickets in advance using a credit card at or pay at the door (cash only)

There will be a walking tour on Sunday, October 11 at 1:00p.m. as a special follow up event. Click here for more information about the walk.


This discussion is presented by The Betts House.
Co-sponsors: Cincinnati Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:30am