Floor 2

  1. The Greater Cincinnati Auto Case showcases newspaper ads, articles and artifacts from the era of cars in the Northern Kentucky area. The ads and artifacts highlight the promotional efforts of car dealers to influence the publics to buy cars. Vehicle transportation was a growing phenomenon of the time, as Northern Kentucky began exploring cars as modes of transportation more than the trains, and streetcars of earlier years.
  2. The jukebox is filled with old time music. As eras changed, people changed, and so did music. Music is a very influential part of life at times, and as this area grew and developed through wars, immigration, and change, people sang songs to reflect the times. Also Northern Kentucky was once in a battle with Nashville to be the country music hotspot for artist to be born from and record. 
  3. Vanishing Downtown happened as the Northern Kentucky area was growing and prospering, roads took people outside the city limits more and created suburbs free of the city clutter and craziness. To follow the people, businesses packed up and moved out with them. People began to see a different life as cars became an every man item and the expanding roads and interstates linked those in the suburbs to their downtown jobs. 
  4. Migration: Northern Kentucky in the 1950’s portrays life here, from the Depression through World War II and the Cold War. This information represents the change of pace of life in Northern Kentucky. From here, you can learn about the smooth segregation change this area went through and the re-emergence of the consumer culture.
  5. A drive in theatre was a thing of the time as people flocked to the outdoor theatres and watched the latest movies. The freestanding case displays the tickets, and theatre favors from the era, as well as, an outfit a girl would have worn to the movies. 
  6. Going to see a movie was a social event much like today, but instead of just sitting in a room with several other people, you could enjoy the movie from the comfort of your own car. Take a seat in the old Buick Electra and enjoy a film on the newness of America. See how America shifted into industry, with the benefits of new technology, computers, and telephones, and the ever-changing household, with a push to suburbs, more cars on the road, and the role of women in the home. Also witness to the move for women to attend college and earn degrees to enable them to be better mothers and housewives in America, truly the envy of the world.
  7. Enjoy the Open Road, as the oldest and most recent form of transportation helped industry to ship cheaper and brought more suburbs and shopping away from the city. As the Open Road developed people were more likely to purchase cars from car lots and enjoy the independence from a train or trolley schedule. The car lots were very inviting with flashy neon lights and attention getters with special car features and abilities to draw customers in to buy the cars.
  8. Northern Kentucky roads offers description of each major highway in the area and how their development enabled further growth and prosperity of the region as people could move easily and be connected with other cities farther away. These roads were even based of past migration trails of buffalo and offer history to the buffalo trace that once toured the area.
  9. A more specific look at today’s highways is found on the Road Timeline. Traveling through 1818 with the formation and completion of the oldest road in Northern Kentucky, the Newport and Cynthiana Pike, discover the highways and byways we travel today. In 1834 the Covington/Lexington Turnpike was completed and became a necessary and important mode for transporting goods and animals around the state. In 1867 the John Roebling Bridge was completed linking Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. This bridge was used as the template for the design of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Continuing to 1921 the Dixie Terminal opened for streetcars and buses and in 1925 the completion of Dixie Highway linked branches from Michigan and Chicago all the way to Miami Beach. In 1950 the “Kentucky” streetcar was retired from service and the streetcar efforts began to decline, but from 1962-1963, the interstate 75 opened along with the Brent Spence Bridge, another link from Cincinnati to Northern Kentucky. Bringing up the end of the massive change the area went through in transportation is the opening of the Combs-Hehl Bridge as the last part of I-275’s loop in 1979 and finally the completion of I-471 in 1981. 
  10. The different versions of transportation brought several influences to the area and shaped the culture and artwork. Proceed around the Art of Northern Kentucky area and admire the free standing case of pottery from Northern Kentucky, as well as the Folk Art case along the wall, with several paintings hanging from local artists. Also turn your attention to the pictures on the panel of artist from the area as you may never believe how many famous people grew up in Northern Kentucky or that Northern Kentucky was once in a battler with Nashville to be the country music premiere area.
  11. Taking to the Streets is a small side note about the troubles of some people of the area to segregate. It explains the Paths to Freedom, as some were very rough and could challenge a person to twice about exhausting efforts to be free. Explore Turner Hall through photographs and stories of potential lynching’s and bad feelings that surrounded the area for a time.
  12. The military of the United States should be placed in honor as should the families and the home front be recognized for their efforts during wartimes. The freestanding cases contain several items that relive a time when war rationing was necessary and people had to adopt new ways of living, and eating. Ration cards, meals tickets, flags, banners, greeting cards, insignia for troops, and several other artifacts reside in these cases to remind us today to be grateful for the things in the past that made for us a brighter future.

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