About Queens of Queen City
What started out as a creative writing project with research rabbit-holed into an extensive, wide-cast, full-fledged research project. Much of this research would never be seen in the creative writing project, though. This website never came to fruition until a trip to the Cincinnati Observatory in April 2017, in which we discovered the crucial role of women in the first observatory in the U.S., and Louisa Mitchel was not mentioned in any websites, not even on Wikipedia!
What made Cincinnati one of the most important cities in America in the 1800s? Why was it and is it so darn special? Cincinnati is a city of firsts, and it still is. We aim to shed light on the women we discovered–the women who have changed the arts, sciences, trades, politics, and environmental health.
These are the women who have changed our lives, and we just haven’t known it.
In August 2022, Queens of Queen City was acquired by Urbanist Media and will operate under it as a nonprofit entity.
Queens of Queen City is dedicated to uncovering forgotten histories of the Greater Cincinnati Area’s women through public education with institutional and community partnerships, essays, lectures and panels, podcasts, interviews, photos and tours, using a systems-thinking lens. To do that, we center learning, collaboration, and community. This project is meant to inspire and empower everyone (especially those who identify as female), present and future, through a historical, systemic lens.
We are two educators and marketers from the Cincinnati area seeking to shed light on the amazing women we discover in this wonderful city.
Sean E. Andres
Sean E. Andres is a marketer, writer, and former educator. He has a B.S. in Secondary English/Language Arts Education with a focus on women writers during the Civil War and M.S. in Marketing with a focus on diversity marketing from applied feminist and race theory. With Chelsie Hoskins, he formed Queens of Queen City with a mission to connect the past to the present by lifting the voices of women in the Greater Cincinnati Area’s history through local schools, venues and publications. He currently serves on the boards for Urbanist Media and Cincinnati Observatory. He loves to be outdoors among the trees and woodland critters when he’s not glued to the computer—researching, writing, and working.
Chelsie Hoskins is a writer and educator, as well as a former Oover-the-Rhine tour guide and marketer. She has a B.S. in English Literature and Anthropology and a M.S. in English. When she isn’t teaching, Chelsie can be found spending time with her sassy, energetic wizard-kittens and her lovable, arthritic, aging horse Diamond. She’s now known as the Queen of Over-the-Rhine, and if you talk to anyone who works there, they’ll know the lady with the bright red lipstick and a voice fit to entertain a beer hall without a microphone. If you mention that she looks like Agent Peggy Carter, you’ll win her heart forever. That’s what Sean did!