About Queen City History

Queen City History & Education Ltd. is dedicated to bringing history alive through an array of professional services that include:

  • Conducting tours, speaking engagements and other events for entertainment purposes. Examples include our Saloon Tour series; private, custom tours; speaking engagements at libraries, museums and for private organizations; and our Murder Dinners, a series of events conducted with Washington Platform that pair the story of a true historic homicide with food from the era of the crime.
  • Designing walking tours and heritage events for non-profits and other organizations.
  • Curating historic exhibits for museums. Examples include the Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer exhibit that has drawn record attendance for the Betts’ House Museum; and the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp.’s Cincinnati Heritage Trail, a multi-million dollar, world-class urban walking trail.
  • Historic consultation. This work includes seeking historic designation of individual properties and districts and drafting clear, practical guidelines for ensuring future preservation of historic architecture.
  • Home Histories. Ever wonder about the lives of the people who lived in your historic home? We will unlock the story of your house through a search of historic records and archives. We will also research and write the history of your business or organization.

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Michael D. Morgan

Mike is the founder and President of Queen City History & Education. As both a licensed attorney and real estate agent, Morgan has a unique understanding of both the opportunities and challenges that are inherent in the redevelopment of historic neighborhoods. He has successfully spearheaded a number of changes to Cincinnati city government's approach to historic preservation and land-use policies. Morgan is currently managing a project that is intended to transform Cincinnati’s approach to historic guidelines, simultaneously making them more effective at preservation and more practical and approachable.

Morgan also understands the economic power of effective and compelling storytelling. He led the development of the Prohibition Resistance Tours, Cincinnati's first large-scale heritage tours in 2006. These tours were developed for the non-profit Brewery District C.U.R.C. and now generate the organization tens-of-thousands of dollars a year in income. Morgan was voted “Best Local Author” by CityBeat readers for his award-winning book Over-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King. He founded the Bier Garten at Findlay Market in 2009; and oversaw the transformation of Bockfest from a small, fledgling event to one of Cincinnati’s most beloved regional festivals between 2006 and 2015.

The lighter aspects of Morgan’s work, as well as the diversity of it, have cause him to be named one of “Cincinnati’s Most Interesting People” by Cincy magazine, featured in Ohio Magazine for tour development and Governing magazine for redevelopment advocacy, called a “walking encyclopedia” by Scripts Media, and declared the “God of Bockfest” by Cincinnati Magazine.

Morgan currently Co-chairs Cincinnati City Council’s Charter Review Task Force, served as Chair of Cincinnati’s Board of Housing Appeals for six years, Chaired City Council’s Historic Building Loss Task Force, created the board structure for the Brewery District CURC and served on its board for the following decade; and served as the Executive Director of the Brewery District CURC and the Over-the-Rhine Foundation. He is the Curator of the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail. He also serves as the Project Director for the Cincinnati Research Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan government policy think tank. Morgan is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Toledo College of Law.

Julie Carpenter

Julie has spent her career working in museums, cultural institutions, and non profit organizations. Her professional focus is public relations, community engagement, program development, and institutional planning.

Currently, Julie provides consulting services to Kordant Philanthropy Advisors and the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, writes for Soapobx Media, gives engaging walking tours, and teaches overnight programs at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Julie served as the Senior Museum Specialist for the City of Campbell, CA overseeing the Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House. Previously, she was the executive director of The Betts House in Cincinnati, OH. Julie spent over a decade in Washington D.C. where she worked for institutions including the National Air and Space Museum, The Phillips Collection, and Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, as well as Cultural Tourism DC, a non-profit organization using local history and culture as a tool for economic development.

In addition, Julie has worked for the American Kidney Fund in Rockville, Maryland, the Lyman Museum and Mission House in Hilo, Hawai’i; and as an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University in cultural heritage tourism.

Julie holds a master’s degree in history with a concentration in museum studies from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Wittenberg University.

Bobbie McTurner

Bobbie is an experienced historic preservationist who has worked with local municipalities, government agencies, state historic preservation offices, property owners, developers, attorneys, and local interest groups. Bobbie is a former e xecutive director of Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA), served on the City of Cincinnati’s Historic Conservation Board for over five years; and was part of the team of specialists that formed the Historic Buildings Loss Task Force established by City Council in October of 2009 . Currently Bobbie serves on the City of Wyoming’s Historic Preservation Commission. In addition to being an experienced grant writer, fundraiser and advocacy coach, she actively writes National Register of Historic Places nominations, writes the histories of historic places and institutions, performs architectural surveys, and occasionally guest lectures at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a B.A. in Art History, a M.A. in Art History, and a Historic Preservation certificate from the University of Cincinnati.


Historic Photos from the Collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
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