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** A Day in the Life…As the Betts Family Lived in the Mid 19^th Century
Cincinnati, OH – The Betts House is pleased to present its upcoming exhibit, A
Day in the Life…: Mid 19^th Century Daily Life for the Betts Family, showcasing
the tools, contraptions, and tales of daily life for a Cincinnati family in the
mid-1800s. Opening January 9 and on display until May 5, 2016, at 416 Clark
Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203 and exhibit is sponsored by the Robert Reakirt
Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee.
The Betts House was built in 1804 by brick maker William Betts as a four-room,
two-story brick home in an era of log and wood homes. He and his wife Phebe had
moved to Cincinnati with their five children, where he bought 111 acres of land
in what is now the West End and parts of Over-the-Rhine. By 1813, they had
seven more children and a fully operational brick making factory William passed
away in 1814, leaving Phebe to raise the children and manage the factory with
her older children.
When the home was turned over to granddaughter Adeline and her husband in 1863,
she began modernizing the home. The exhibit will showcase how Adeline and the
women around her lived and worked in their Cincinnati homes during the
The exhibit will include:
* Cooking in the Past: Chopping, slicing and dicing was accomplished through
the use of clever new tools, many of which were invented after the Civil War.
Baking with minimal ingredients, storing meats and other food items without
refrigeration, brewing home beer and eating a purported healthy meal are all
explored in this fun exhibit.
* Lighting & Heating in a Simple Home: Using the latest technologies, the Betts
family most likely had better lighting and heating than many others, due to
higher financial status from their brickmaking factory. This exhibit will share
the devices and processes that the family most likely used.
* Gardening: The world of family management included much home grown foods.
See what an urban garden grew and fruits, vegetables and herbs were used for
cooking and for medicinal purposes.
* Cleaning: A woman’s work is never done especially if she needs to cook for a
family of 14, mind children, sew and mend clothing, sweep floors and beat rugs,
grow and preserve vegetables and fruits, and perform the never ending cleaning
and laundry. See the tools used for laundry including washboards, a hand wash
agitator, collar and cuff crimpers, and clothing irons of many sizes.
* Betts Family Tree: Managing a brickmaking factory for 50 years, the Betts
family helped to establish the West End. Learn more about one of Cincinnati’s
The exhibit will be on display at 416 Clark Street, Cincinnati OH 45203, from
January 9, 2016 through May 5, 2016 during regular museum hours, Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and the second and fourth
Saturday of each month from 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. Admission is $2 per person.
For more information and special Saturday events and programs, check
www.thebettshouse.org, call 513-651-0734 or email infor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
** About The Betts House
Built in 1804, Ohio’s oldest brick house is located in the Betts-Longworth
Historic District near downtown Cincinnati. The Betts House is a museum of the
built environment, offering exhibits and programs exploring architecture,
historic preservation, building trades, construction technologies, and building
materials. Located two blocks west of Music Hall, at 416 Clark Street, the
house is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and the second and
fourth Saturdays of each month, 12:30 – 5 p.m. Other days and times are
available by appointment. Admission is $2 per person. Visit
for more information.
The Betts House is owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of
America in the State of Ohio (NSCDA-OH), a non-profit organization, founded in
1896, which promotes our national heritage through historic preservation and
education. The NSCDA-OH has owned and maintained the Kemper Log House for over
60 years, first at the Cincinnati Zoo and now at Heritage Village in Sharon
Woods, and the Betts House for more over 20 years, to ensure that these
historic structures are preserved and shared with the community. In 2000, the
National Trust for Historic Preservation presented their prestigious Trustee
Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites to The
National Society of The Colonial Dames of America "for acquiring, restoring,
and interpreting a collection of historic properties that offer invaluable
opportunities to experience the rich variety of America's heritage.”
The Betts House is a property of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of
America in Ohio.
The Betts House
416 Clark Street Cincinnati OH 45203 / ** www.thebettshouse.org
/ 513-651-0734 / ** info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (mailto:info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
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