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Presidents' Day at the Taft Historical Site

Presidents' Day at the Taft Historical Site

(Mt. Auburn) -- Cincinnati has a lot of historical buildings, but the only National Historical Site is the home of a former President.  The Taft National Historical Site on Auburn Avenue attracts about 21,000 people a year.

But Taft wasn't just the Chief Executive.  He was also the Chief Justice, the Solicitor General, the Secretary of War, and the Governor of the Phillippines.

Taft was the first President to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game.  (Washington vs. Philadelphia).  He's often credited with starting another baseball tradition.  But, educational specialist Kerry Wood says they don't think he was the first person to do a "7th inning stretch".  Wood says their research leads them to believe the stretch was already in practice before Taft became President.

Wood says a lot of visitors ask if Taft really did get stuck in the bathtub at the White House.  And again, he says that is probably just a myth, although America's 27th President probably did need help getting in and out of the tub, so he didn't fall.

Wood says they have displays covering Taft's connection with baseball, his personal life, and his political career, as well as information on the political dynasty that followed him.

The Historical Site is open from 8am to 4:15pm, seven days a week.

 

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