My story

Hi! My name is Alyssa McClanahan. I am a life-long native of Cincinnati, having grown up in Loveland, Ohio. For the longest time, I have loved all things old—especially old cities. I studied American history at the University of Cincinnati and received my Doctorate there in the spring of 2016. While my training taught me to teach and write in different historical fields, I have always been most compelled to use the built city as a lens for the past. For the past few years, my partner John and I have been involved in historic preservation and renovation in downtown neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton, the West End, Walnut Hills and Northside. Working on historic structures and being trained in history have compelled me to research and write about Cincinnati's past. This city, in all of its families, buildings, businesses and neighborhoods, operates as a microcosm for major political, cultural and social developments through U.S. history. This archive of stories is devoted to my research on Cincinnati and its old parts. If you're interested in having historical research conducted, contact me below. 


PAST AND UPCOMING PROJECTS

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