Monday, July 19, 2010

Museum Center holding Spring Grove lecture this Thursday

Phil Nuxhall, historian and tour coordinator for the Spring Grove Cemetery Heritage Foundation, will share his knowledge of the 733-acre regional treasure this Thursday at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

"Beauty in the Grove", part of the center's Insights Lecture Series, will feature themes explored in his book Beauty in the Grove – The History, Art, Architecture and Landscape of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. A slideshow of images will accompany the lecture.

In 2001, Nuxhall won a Preservation Award for Education from the Cincinnati Preservation Association for his work in documenting the history, art, and architecture of the cemetery. Two years later, he retired after 30 years of experience with the Hamilton County Board of MRDD an accepted his current position.

The lecture complements the recently-opened exhibit "The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography", an exploration of seven thematic components of the life cycle: Children and family, love, wellness, disaster, caregiving and healing, and aging and remembering. Spanning the 60-plus years since World War II, the exhibit features more than 200 images from such renowned photographers as Annie Liebovitz and Chester Higgins.

"Beauty in the Grove" begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Cincinnati Museum Center's Reakirt Auditorium.

Admission to the lecture is free. Nuxhall's book will be available for purchase at the center's gift shops.

Held the third Thursday of every month, the Insight Lecture Series features local and national experts discussing a variety of subjects that are chosen for their relevance and their ability to spark insight and dialogue.

Previous reading on BC:
When Cincinnati was 'the Paris of America' (4/19/10)
Panel discussion makes case for Issue 6; Museum Center wins national award (10/6/09)
Museum Center to host 'historic' meeting (9/30/09)
Museum Center ramps up pro-levy campaign (8/31/09) shares memories, updates on possible levy (6/17/09)