The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Cincinnati’s General Protestant Orphan Home: Beech Acres Parenting Center from local authors Christine Hall and Natasha Rezaian for the Beech Acres Parenting Center. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
In 1849, a cholera epidemic devastated Cincinnati, taking the lives of 4,114 residents. The First German Protestant Aid Association proposed creating a home for the orphaned children and established the German General Protestant Orphan Asylum in Mount Auburn.
In 1851, the annual Orphan Feast and parade began and was one of the largest one-day festivals in Cincinnati for 137 years. In 1949, the desire to move the children from the city to the country drove the purchase of 60 acres in Anderson. The orphanage's name changed to Beech Acres after the beech trees lining the property.
In the 1980s, with the need to serve children in a community setting, Beech Acres Parenting Center closed its residential services and expanded into the community and schools with parenting programs, classes, mental health services, foster care, and parent coaching to strengthen families for children.
Highlights of Cincinnati’s General Protestant Orphan Home:
• Early years of the orphanage
• The special role of women
• The orphan feast
• The social service era
• The parenting center area
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