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Six@Six Lecture Series- 2.0: Cincinnati Public Stairways
The Mercantile Library
Cincinnati, OH
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Thursday Mar 20, 2014 6:00 PM - Thursday Mar 20, 2014 7:00 PM | Free - $6.00


Six@Six Lecture Series- 2.0: Cincinnati Public Stairways
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Mercantile Library
Ascent: A Cultural History of Cincinnati Public Stairways
Presenters: Andrew Boehringer, Senior, anthropology and history
Shane Winslow, B.A. 2013, anthropology, history and integrative studies

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Lecture Description

Once a "walking city," Cincinnati developed with a network of public stairways that connected neighborhoods and shopping districts.  In their research, Andrew Boehringer and Shane Winslow looked past the more modern infrastructure constructed for the automobile to unveil yesteryear's pedestrian-friendly skeleton and to understand the stairways' shifting role across the city's history. Through the lens of the stairways, they see Cincinnati's progression and changes. Their work shows how the stairways are an often-overlooked symbol of our city's hillside identity.

Andrew Boehringer, Senior, anthropology and history
Shane Winslow, B.A. 2013, anthropology, history and integrative studies

Andrew Boehringer
is a student of Northern Kentucky University studying History and Anthropology. His primary research is on the commercial activity of Cincinnati around the stairs. This also includes the importance of the stairways role conveying pedestrians to streetcars and connecting communities and commerce historically. Andrew's future goal is to study economics at the graduate level.

Shane Winslow recently graduated from Northern Kentucky University in May 2013. He currently holds three Bachelor of Art degrees in History, Anthropology, and Integrative Studies. He has received various awards such as the W. Frank Steely Research Award for his work and the university-wide Excelsior Award. Shane plans to continue his education with a dual M.A. program in Latin American Studies and Public Administration in which he hopes to chart the effects of development and population through public policy in Latin America.

Andrew and Shane are involved with a stairway study project in conjunction with the City of Cincinnati. They both traveled to Quito, Ecuador in May 2013 to record and observe stairway usage there though surveys, photos, and GPS mapping.  Andrew and Shane have won various awards for their research and academic ability, such as W. Frank Steely Research Fellowship, Steely Travel Fellowship and Study Abroad Scholarship for Ecuador. Their project has been showcased in multiple media outlets, such as Cincinnati Enquirer, Soapbox Media, Radio WNKU and The Atlantic: Cities.



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414 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3938
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