Historical Walking Tours

For years students at Communiversity have enjoyed the historic walking tours hosted by Frank Farmer Loomis. Frank brings a three-dimensional perspective to his historic tours with his lively speaking style laced with anecdotes, often humorous, and never boring. He believes that he owes his audiences not only a historic education, but also a good time!

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Sun., Oct. 3, 1-5 pm / $49 / One Class
Instructors: Frank Farmer Loomis and Nancy Broermann
In-person at VPC Campus


Maria Longworth Storer is the granddaughter of Nicholas Longworth of Taft House fame and is the founder of Rookwood Pottery.

Rookwood was just the beginning Maria’s good deeds that earned her the recognition as the First Lady of Cincinnati. She is credited with making Cincinnati the culture center it is today. Learn about her fascinating life with historian Frank Farmer Loomis and book co-author, Nancy Broermann, as they entertain you with a pictorial overview of Maria’s life, followed by a tour of the  grounds of the Saint Ursula Convent where you will view rare pieces of Maria’s Rookwood pottery and the stained glass windows in the chapel she funded. You will learn about Maria’s involvement with helping WWI wounded soldiers, national politics and her many gifts to the city that, until now, are little known accomplishments.Historical Walking Tour

About Your Instructors:

Headshot of Frank Farmer Loomis

Frank Farmer Loomis

Writer & Historian

Frank Farmer Loomis is an accomplished writer and media personality. Frank was an antique columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Magazine in the 1990s. You can currently listen to him every Thursday at 5 p.m. on Public Radio WMKV 89.3

Headshot of Nancy Broermann

Nancy Broermann


Nancy M. Broermann works in the Ursulines of Cincinnati Archives at St. Ursula Academy. She co-authored the book "Maria Longworth Storer: From Music and Art to Popes and Presidents" with Constance J. Moore.

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