NEW BOOK in 2020!

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Cincinnati: An Illustrated Timeline presents the pivotal moments in the history of the Queen City. Follow along from the indigenous mound builders to the development of the first American city after the Revolutionary War. Through vignettes and hundreds of photographs and illustrations, author and historian Jeff Suess serves as your guide through the blossoming of a Western river town into a meatpacking Porkopolis and one of the most influential cities of the mid-nineteenth century. The timeline is multifaceted, exploring politics and race, the arts and pop culture, while also unveiling Cincinnati’s role in the Underground Railroad, the spread of Reform Judaism, and the development of the polio vaccine. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or a curious traveler, Cincinnati: An Illustrated Timeline will help you learn, remember, and discover more than you ever knew about Cincinnati.




Cincinnati was the first all-American city founded after the Revolutionary War. Steamboats navigated the Ohio River from 1811 and within a few years, Cincinnati was a bustling trading port and a leader in shipbuilding and meatpacking, an industry which provided raw materials for Procter & Gamble and Emery. Cincinnati Then and Now shows how the city, which was once the sixth largest in the country, has developed and changed over the last 150 years, using fascinating archive photos matched with the same viewpoint today. 



So many colorful stories are lost to time. The last passenger pigeon on earth, Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. The deadliest maritime disaster in American history was the explosion of the steamboat Sultana, built in the Queen City. Just outside the city, a young Annie Oakley beat her future husband in a shooting contest. The nation’s first train robbery occurred in the Cincinnati area, and some clever victims hid jewelry in their hair and bodices. From the Black Brigade’s role in protecting the city against Confederate siege to the original 1937 Cincinnati Bengals, author Jeff Suess reveals the triumphs and tribulations of the first major American city founded after the American Revolution.

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Cincinnati earned its nickname of “Queen City of the West” with a wealth of fine theaters and hotels, a burgeoning brewery district and the birth of professional baseball. Though many of these treasures have vanished, they left an indelible mark on the city. Revisit the favorite locales from old Coney Island to Crosley Field. Celebrate lost gems such as the palatial Albee Theater and the historic Burnet House, where Generals Grant and Sherman plotted the end of the Civil War. Along the way, author Jeff Suess uncovers some uniquely Cincinnati quirks from the inclines and the canal to the infamous incomplete subway. Join Suess as he delves into the mystery and legacy of Cincinnati’s lost landmarks.

AAC 150 



AAC 150 spans the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s history from 1869–2019. The Art Academy began as the McMicken School of Drawing and Design, part of the University of Cincinnati, but joined with the Cincinnati Art Museum in 1884. Written by Jeff Suess and designed by AAC alumnus Steve Weinstein, AAC 150 features art of AAC students and alumni including Frank Duveneck, Charley Harper, John Ruthven, Petah Coyne, and Thom Shaw, with an original  comic strip on Yellow Kid cartoonist R.F. Outcault.

More than 350 historic photos and illustrations!

Spans 2 million years – mostly from 1776 to now!

Weighs more than 4 lbs.!

Other Projects

10 __ Women: ​Celebrating women in Cincinnati history 

People's Liberty project co-founded with Kristin Suess

Imagineers • Impresarios • Inventors: Cincinnati’s Arts and the Power of Her

ArtsWave book celebrating 200 women in the Cincinnati arts - contributor

Interviews and Articles:

Cincinnati: An Illustrated Timeline interview: "New book chronicles a couple hundred years of Cincinnati history" The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 24, 2020 

10 __ Women interview: "These women have been written out of history books. This project is putting them back in." The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 10, 2019 

AAC 150 interview: "This Cincinnati institution just turned 150. And its history is full of surprises" The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 16, 2019 

AAC 150 interview: "The Cincinnati Art Academy Celebrates 150 Years with a New Book" CityBeat, November 6, 2018 


Hidden History of Cincinnati interview: "Discover 'Hidden History of Cincinnati'" - The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 26, 2016

Hidden History of Cincinnati interview on Cincinnati Edition with Mark Heyne - WVXU 91.7 FM - Listen 

Lost Cincinnati interview on The Book Club @ 91.7 with Mark Perzel - WVXU 91.7 FM - Listen 


Lost Cincinnati interview on WLWT Channel 5  - Watch 



Cincinnati History Articles

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"Black Sox scandal tainted Reds’ 1919 World Series win over Chicago White Sox" The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 3, 2019

"Enquirer sports cartoonist designed Mr. Redlegs" The Cincinnati Enquirer, April 4, 2019

"Composer of music for ‘Grinch’ went to CCM after escaping Nazi Germany" The Cincinnati Enquirer, December 24, 2018

"City suffered through deadly 1918 flu pandemic" The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 17, 2018

"Jefferson’s ex-slave was Underground Railroad conductor" - The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 30, 2018

"Covington lyricist penned classic 'Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town'" The Cincinnati Enquirer, December 20, 2017 - 2nd place Best Column, Kentucky Press Association

"A storm in 1873 'built' Music Hall" - The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 27, 2017

"World War I 'balloon jumper' was quiet hero" - The Cincinnati Enquirer, November 11, 2016


" 'Wildman' Walker lived on billboard until Bengals won a game in 1991"The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 13, 2016

"Blast from the past: The history of WEBN's fireworks" - The Cincinnati Enquirer, September 2, 2016


"The Beatles, when they played Crosley Field" - The Cincinnati Enquirer, August 19, 2016


"The little boy and the dead soldiers he honors" - The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 27, 2016


"The Christmas present: When Dad came home from the war" - The Cincinnati Enquirer, December 24, 2015

"The Force was with Kenner's 'Star Wars' toys" - The Cincinnati Enquirer, December 6, 2015

"Locals had hand in making Disneyland a reality" - The Cincinnati Enquirer, July 12, 2015