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“I wanted to give students an opportunity to explore Cincinnati’s great neighborhoods and get a sense of its rich history,” says Penick. “We have so much wonderful architecture in Cincinnati. This project has given our students an architectural vocabulary. Hopefully, they will have a better appreciation for architecture and will become good stewards of these buildings in the future.”
ABOUT SAINT URSULA ACADEMY St. Ursula Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory, secondary school for young women. In 2002 the academy was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The campus, located at 1339 E. McMillan Street in East Walnut Hills has been the home of St. Ursula Academy and Convent since 1910. www.saintursula.org ABOUT THE BETTS HOUSE Built in 1804, the Betts House, Ohio’s oldest brick house, is located at 416 Clark Street in the Betts- Longworth Historic District near downtown Cincinnati. The Betts House is a museum dedicated to the built environment offering exhibits and programs on architecture, historic preservation, building trades and construction technologies. The Betts House is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; the second and fourth Saturday of each month, 12:30 – 5 pm; and other days and times by appointment. Group tours are available by appointment. Admission is $2 per person.
architeXploration, featuring works by students in art, photography, and Cincinnati history classes at Saint Ursula Academywill be on view at The Betts House August 24 – October 3, 2013. The pieces, created by junior and senior students, explore and interpret local architecture. An opening reception will be held August 24 from 4 – 6 pm.
architeXploration is a joint project of Kurt Nicaise’s art and photography classes and Anne Penick’s Cincinnati history classes. St. Ursula’s photography and Cincinnati history students teamed-up to investigate and analyze local architectural styles popular in the United States in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, looking for local examples. Art students will display some examples of their drawings based on local architecture, along with low-relief ceramic facades. Other students researched haunted sites in Cincinnati, preparing multi-media presentations that will be shown during the exhibit. "This project allowed me to explore areas of Cincinnati I never had before and recognize how unique our city truly is; so unique that not even all of the houses could fall under a specific architectural style! As I travel around Cincinnati now I can't help myself from observing the differing and beautiful homes,” says junior history student Madeleine Pescovitz.
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that The Betts House is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for their exhibit The Big Shake: How the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes Rocked the Ohio River Valley. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
From December of 1811 through May of 1812, the greatest series of earthquakes in United States history took place in the New Madrid Seismic Zone centered in Missouri. Although the earthquakes affected much of the Midwest, most people living in the area today have no knowledge of this event or its impact on the region. The Big Shake â?" How the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes Rocked the Ohio River Valley explores the history and causes of earthquakes, taking a close look at seismic activity in the Midwest. The exhibit also highlights the potential impact of earthquakes in the region and the building technologies that can help structures withstand seismic forces.
This year, AASLH is proud to confer eighty-eight national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, books, and organizations. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2013 AASLH Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday, September 20. The banquet is supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel.
The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also brings public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena. For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at 615-320-3203, or go to www.aaslh.org.
The American Association for State and Local History is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH provides leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, and monthly newsletter. The association also sponsors regional and national training workshops and an annual meeting.
The "Big Shake" Brings Betts House Award of Merit
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