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Speaker Series: Bob Genheimer

The Policeman in the Privy

A Story of Family, Violence, and Concealment in a 19th Century Cincinnati Privy Shaft

Routine excavations at a 19th century stone-lined outhouse shaft in downtown Cincinnati revealed much that was not routine.  Clothing scraps and associated hardware from a late 19th century horizon were identified as a Cincinnati Policeman’s uniform.  Or, were they?  Subsequent archaeological examinations of the privy’s contents and historical detective work revealed the true nature of the uniform and eventually, the name of the officer.  Get ready for a tale of family dynamics, anti-social behavior, violence, and concealment much of which is played out in Cincinnati newspapers.  This is a true wedding of archaeological and historical research.

There is also a webinar link available for purchase if you are unavailable to attend in person. The $5.00 is for the webinar link so that you can enjoy our Speaker Series from home!

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Apr 16 2024


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Lawrenceburg Public Library
150 Mary Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

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