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The Good River: What Divides and Connects Us
A History of the Ohio River by Enquirer Photojournalists
October 1–November 3
Lecture with Enquirer Ohio River Historian Cliff Radel
Saturday October 6, 4 pm–5 pm
Saturday October 6, 5 pm–8 pm
Lecture with Enquirer Photojournalists
Library Building, Science Lecture Hall
Wednesday October 24, 3:30–5:00 pm
The beautiful river Ohio, bounds Kentucky in its whole… and in its course it receives numbers of large and small rivers, which pay tribute to its glory… there is not a finer river in the world for navigation by boats. -John Filson, 1784: Kentucky historian, pioneer, and one of the founders of Cincinnati
The Iroquois called the 981-mile stretch of water O-he-’zhu, meaning “good river.” But the waterway's complexities carry many more meanings.
The Ohio divides states; it once divided a nation. It delivered slaves to the south, yet it could also mean freedom for those who crossed it. The river has been a means for the progress, exploration and industry, which our Queen City was built upon. But it has also been a means of disposal, as industrial waste and sewage once flowed into its basin unimpeded. For more than one hundred years the Good River's ephemeral nature has fascinated Enquirer photographers. They’ve given us views of the river's solitude in the early morning light. They served as witnesses to one of the most destructive floods in American history. But they also have shown us how the river unites us: the scurrying across its frozen waters, the celebration of Riverfest, the literal building of a bridge. From its beauty, to its rage, we celebrate the Good River and the photojournalists of the longest-running paper in the region who have documented its commerce, recreation, flooding, freezing, and quiet grace.
The Good River brings special attention to The Thomas More College Biology Field Station, one of the river’s original lock and dam facilities. Today the Station operates as a one-of-a-kind center for aquatic biology research. Located just thirty minutes from the main Thomas More campus and perched on the shore of the Ohio River, the Station’s reach is as wide and powerful as the river itself.
The newly renovated Eva G. Farris Gallery, formerly known as the Thomas More Gallery, is located on the campus of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Initially created to enrich the liberal arts experience at the college, the Eva G. Farris Art Gallery has become a leader in exhibiting local and regional contemporary artists and one of the premiere college galleries in Northern Kentucky. The Gallery is located on the entrance level of the Thomas More Library, accessible from the visitors’ parking lot at the main entrance to the college.