In the 1940s, the City of Cincinnati slated a predominately African-American neighborhood for demolition as part of an industrial redevelopment plan and urban renewal. When the Federal Highway Act passed in 1956, Cincinnati planners displaced over 25,000 citizens for the construction of I-75. 

This website is part of a student-driven classroom project to generate a community-based archive of objects significant to current and former West End residents.

We need your help!

We will hold an event called the History Harvest and we invite you to join us. The Harvest is a one-day event in which people with ties to the West End bring their objects of significance, and then they take their artifacts back home where they belong. There is no acquisition, and unlike Antiques Roadshow, everything is valuable. We are asking you to bring one or two items that tell your story of the West End. There is no right or wrong answer to what kind of artifacts to bring. When we worked with other communities in the past, people brought albums, heirloom dishes, maps, photographs, recipes, report cards, telegrams, vinyl. See examples from another community here.

Who are we?

History students from the University of Cincinnati are running the History Harvest under the direction of two professors. Dr. Vanessa Allen-Brown teaches in the College of Education and spent 15 years pastoring in the West End. Dr. Rebecca Wingo teaches in the Department of History as the Director of Public History. 

Event Details

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9am - 2pm

CityLink Center
800 Bank Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214


Vanessa Allen-Brown |
Rebecca Wingo |

Or call (513) 556-2140

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