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Rick Pender - BOOK - Oldest Cincinnati

Local Author's 3/14 Presentation and Book Signing Brings Cincinnati History to Life



Local author Rick Pender has a March 14 presentation and book signing for Oldest Cincinnati, published by Reedy Press. Rick goes to great lengths to research and pay homage to more than two centuries of Cincinnati’s oldests, firsts, and finests. Read about all of these and more in this informative book that brings history and people to life.



Tuesday, March 14, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.:

Presentation and book signing with Rick Pender, author of Oldest Cincinnati

Reading Branch Library

8740 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45215

(513) 369-4465

Free and open to the public



  • Author Rick Pender can cover his upcoming presentation and book signing as well as discuss Cincinnati history, including:
    • Before people lived in what is today Northern Kentucky — around 10,000 B.C. — buffalo migrated south annually across the Ohio River at a natural sandstone ford at the mouth of the Licking River. That’s where Cincinnati is situated today, and those “buffalo roads” became what is today called the “Dixie Highway” (aka U.S 27, U.S. 42, U.S 25 and KY 17). So, buffalo were the region’s first traffic engineers!
    • The Cincinnati Observatory in Mt. Lookout is the “Birthplace of American Astronomy.” It was the first public observatory in the Western Hemisphere, and it houses a working telescope from 1843, one of the oldest in the world. Cleveland Abbe, the facility’s astronomer in the late 1860s devised a system to collect weather information: When Congress created the U.S. Weather Bureau in 1870, he became its first meteorologist.
    • Cincinnati’s German immigrants in the 19th century loved to sing in choruses. In 1878 the Cincinnati May Festival was established. It’s the city’s oldest arts organization as well as the oldest choral festival in the Western Hemisphere. Cincinnati’s glorious Music Hall, which opened in 1878 as one of the largest in America, was built for annual choral concerts performed by immense volunteer choruses. Today a 130-voice volunteer group of singers train year-round for springtime concerts accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, itself America’s fifth oldest orchestra.



A Cincinnati historian, journalist, author, tour guide and urban resident, Rick Pender has studied and promoted aspects of Greater Cincinnati for more than four decades. A northeast Ohio native, he moved to southwest Ohio in 1980 where he has happily lived in several historic neighborhoods. His 2016 book 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die was so well-received that a second edition was published three years later. He continues to write about theater and other arts and to guide tours that introduce visitors to Cincinnati’s fascinating history. That made him the right guy to hunt down and chronicle the “oldest” things in the region that can be found and experienced. Look for him on Facebook.

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