The Secret History of the West End: Building a Community Across Races and Religions
 Little known to most Cincinnatians, one small corner of the Queen City has been home to residents from a wide variety of backgrounds over its 200 year history. The West End, including the Betts Longworth Historic District, 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 the local Protestant and Jewish merchants to a blended, changing neighborhood of all races religions. Who lived here? What businesses did they own? How did they work together, or not? How did it change? What is it today?

To honor and recognize the contributions of those who built the West End, The Secret History of the West End will present the development of the West with emphasis on its Jewish heritage and how diverse groups of Jews, African Americans, and German and English immigrants, built this community over time. 

The discussion panel includes: 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 faculty and 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. 

The Betts House is proud to present this program in partnership with our co-sponsors, the Cincinnati Skirball Museum at HUC, The Jacob Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The Secret History of the West End: Building a Community Across Races and Religions
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion 
3101 Clifton Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45220
Panel Discussion: September 24th, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$10, buy in advance** (see buy now button below), or pay at the door (cash only). 

 Special Follow-up Event:      
Betts Longworth Historic District Walking Tour Sunday Oct. 11, 1:00 p.m.,
Highlighting the buildings and historicfacilities related to the Sept. 24 lecture
The Betts House
416 Clark Street Cincinnati, OH 45203
$10, buy in advance** (see buy now button below), or pay at the door (cash only).

**Please print your receipt as this will act as your ticket for the event and walking tour.

Panel Discussion and Walking Tour Presale

Betts Longworth Historic District Walking Tour
The Betts House is proud to announce our 2015 Betts Longworth Historic District (BLHD) Walking Tours, offered the 4th Saturday at 1 p.m. of each month from March through October. This guided walking tour of the BLHD will explore the architecture and history of this unique neighborhood.  The tour will occur regularly during walking tour season (March through October) taking place the fourth Saturday of each month at 1 pm.  It is two hours long and $10 per person, which includes admission to the house. Tours go rain or shine and reservations are not needed, but there is a 15 person limit.

Tucked away in the southeast corner of the West End, the BLHD features streetscapes unlike any other in the city. Narrow Italianate homes are mixed with nineteenth century farmhouses and early twentieth century gems. The Betts Longworth Historic District, once farmland far removed from town, became the home of notable manufacturing and retailing families. The stories of their homes and business will be explored in this 90 minute tour lead by Betts House volunteers.

The tour was developed for The Betts House by Architreks/Cincinnati-Walks, Cincinnati's premier architectural walking tour.

BLHD Walking Tour Tickets

Bond at the Betts
Each summer, Bond at the Betts, offers youth, ages 8 to 16, from urban recreation center summer programs, a hands-on introduction to the building trades. Past activities have included mixing mortar and laying brick, an introduction to archaeology, housepainting, roofing, blacksmithing, and an introduction to architecture. Our youth are instructed and guided in these activities by qualified professionals with long and distinguished careers in these fields.

The 2015 Bond at the Betts program was been generously funded by The Spirit of Construction Foundation and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Summertime Kids program. Many thanks to our funders and to our instructors: Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, Baker Concrete, Callidas Construction, CAP, Cincinnati State, Hummel Restoration, Scott McHenry, Messer Construction, Andrew Perryman, Tecta Amercia Zero Company, and Tiburon Energy.

Bond at the Betts received an Award of Merit from the American Architectural Foundation's Grants Program in 2008.

Please note: Bond at the Betts is a group program and is unable to accept individual children at this time. There are other summer building trades programs that focus on individual children offere3d elsewhere in the community.

We do however welcome inquiries from recreation and youth groups who might want to participate in Bond at the Betts in June of 2016  Please contact us by email at or by phone at 513.651.0734.

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