Annual Summer Picnic

Sunday August 12,  4:30-6:30 pm
Dogwood Park in Mariemont, Pleasant Street off of Rt. 50/Wooster Pike 

The Harvard Club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips, lemonade and tableware.  Please bring a dish to share:  A-M dessert, N-Z salad. 

Cost for adults and teens is $5/person payable "at the door".  Children, Harvard students and their accompanying family members are free.
Please RSVP by August 10 with the online RSVP below or by email to Robert Sorscher.

All Harvard University graduates, affiliates and students along with your families and friends are cordially invited. Come enjoy a casual and fun afternoon in the shady coziness of Dogwood Park.  Look for us in the shelter under the Bell Tower after you turn onto Pleasant Street.  Parking is available at the park, at the softball field, on the left side of Pleasant across from the park and on Field House Way.

Dogwood Park is in the charming Village of Mariemont, just 15 minutes from Downtown.  Designated a National Historic Landmark community, its tree-lined streets and Tudor-style buildings will remind you of quaint English garden neighborhoods.  Local philanthropist Mary Emery used the fortune she inherited at her husband's death to support the Cincinnati Zoo, catalyze the creation of Children’s Hospital, and build an entire wing of the Cincinnati Art Museum to house art she had collected. Her biggest undertaking, however, was the creation of the “model town” of Mariemont.  Appalled by the unsanitary housing conditions in downtown Cincinnati, she funded a “national exemplar”, which would be planned in every detail to provide its residents with a high quality of life. Mrs. Emery and Charles Livingood, her business manager, hired John Nolen, an internationally known town planner. The village was built in just two years, 1924-26.  Originally intended to include all economic classes, cost overruns drove rents higher than expected and Mariemont developed as a middle-class enclave linked to the job-dense industrial areas of Oakley and Norwood.  Click for a  Walking Tour of Mariemont

Harvard has a strong connection to the area just south of Dogwood Park. This is the Madisonville archeological site, one of the most famous in North America.  Miami Bluff Drive follows an ancient serpent mound, with the head surrounding a Native American cemetery at the current site of the Mariemont pool. It was excavated by Dr. Charles Metz, with financial support and able-bodied students from Harvard's Peabody Museum from around 1887-1913. In 2013, the University of Cincinnati uncovered a Fort Ancient long house just under the bluff dating from 1610-1670.  Mariemont is currently building a museum to house artifacts from the UC excavations and would like Harvard to return artifacts currently in storage at the Peabody.


Questions? Please drop a note to organizer Valerie Bogdan-Powers.


Sunday, 08/12/18 at 4:30pm - 6:30pm | iCal


Dogwood Park under the Bell Tower
3721 Pleasant St.
Mariemont, OH 45225

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