Lunch & Learn Series | The last Wednesday of each month, 12–1 p.m.

This monthly series features local experts showcasing a range of topics related to art, history, and Cincinnati-area culture.

  • FREE. Reservations required one week in advance.
  • Optional boxed lunch (select at registration): $10 Taft members; $15 non-members.
  • Have lunch in the Lindner Family Café before or after the talk! Members always receive a 10 percent discount. Café reservations: or (513) 352-5140.


September 25 | The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius

Murder, mayhem, madness, and revenge fueled the life and crimes of George Remus, the criminal mastermind and bootleg king who built a bourbon empire that stretched out from his towering Cincinnati mansion across America at the dawn of Prohibition. Yet, bootlegging is only part of this sensational tale, which historian and biographer Bob Batchelor unravels in one of the great true crime stories of all-time. The Bourbon King brings the 1920s Jazz Age underworld fully to life, introducing intriguing characters from one of America’s darkest eras.

Bob Batchelor is a critically-acclaimed, bestselling cultural historian and biographer. He has published widely on American history and literature, including books on Stan Lee, Bob Dylan, The Great Gatsby, Mad Men, and John Updike. Bob earned his doctorate in English Literature from the University of South Florida. He teaches in the Media, Journalism & Film department at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and lives in Blue Ash, Ohio.



October 30 | Five African Americans Who Made a Difference in Cincinnati

Gina Ruffin Moore, author of Cincinnati for Arcadia Publishing’s Black America Series, will share stories of 5 African Americans who shaped Cincinnati history. Moore will mix together the histories of well recognized names as well as lesser known figures to provide a broad understanding of how the actions of an individual can change history.



November 20 | Rethinking Porkopolis

Cincinnati was not just the capital of pork-packing in the decades before the American Civil War, but the hub of a complex ecological network that stretched from the Ohio River Valley to the Deep South, and beyond. This talk will use the field of environmental history to help us approach this period of local history from a new angle.



TALK | The Hudson River School: A Golden Age of American Landscape Painting
Thursday, November 21, 6:30 p.m.

Paintings of American scenery were powerful visual narratives playing a crucial role in the construction of national and cultural identity during the 19th century. American poets and writers also participated in this romantic cult of nature. Senior art historian and Museum Director Emerita of the New-York Historical Society, Linda Ferber, will look at how their works inspired many artists, including Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, William Sonntag, and Robert S. Duncanson. FREE. Cash bar. Special exhibition open from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Museum gates open at 5:15 p.m. Reservations recommended.

Image: Asher B. Durand, Group of Trees, 1855–1857, oil on canvas, 24 × 18 in. New-York Historical Society, Purchase, The Louis Durr Fund, 1887.8


Sunday, November 3, 2 p.m.

Join Alice Pixley Young for a discussion of her artistic motivation and work process, followed by an opportunity to meet the artist over cookies and coffee. FREE. Reservations recommended. (513) 684-4516.