2014 is a year to recollect WWI. This year represents the 100 anniversary of the beginning of this war centered in Europe (started July 28th, 1914 and ended November 11th, 1918). Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be the 100th anniversary of the infamous “Christmas Truce” where all parties of this war put down their guns and exchanged seasonal greetings.
In 2014, Cincinnati had several events and exhibitions to celebrate this memory. The Cincinnati Opera performed the Pulitzer Prize winning “Silent Night” in July and the Cincinnati Freedom Center currently has an exhibit “Cincinnati’s Soldiers- Men and Women in the First World War”.
Hamilton County Memorial Hall was only ten years old when Cincinnati welcomed home the veterans of this war at its end in 1918. Memorial Hall was created for veterans to congregate and share their war experiences, so it would have been a hub of activities at this period of time.
There were significant events held nearby to Memorial Hall’s “Over the Rhine” home including a traveling exhibit, entitled The Allied War Exposition, held at Cincinnati Music Hall in December 1918.
During this holiday season, reflect on all of the men and women who have fought for the US in a war to insure the freedoms that we enjoy. Hamilton County Memorial Hall is a lasting monument to these individuals and a hidden gem in the Cincinnati culture and arts community!