The space western “Star Trek” changed the world. Literally. The technology alone that was born from the mind of creator Gene Roddenberry is enough astound. Cellphones (“communicators”). Tasers (“phasers”). Google Translate (“universal translator”). And that’s just naming a few. The series also took on such taboo topics such as “race, the Vietnam War, aging, extinction, power that corrupts, mental illness, personal sacrifice, pacifism and dozens of other issues,” says Biography.com.
Ranked as one of the top TV series of all time, the “original [series] creation has since spawned 13 movies, the newest one coming out this July, as well as numerous television series, novels, games, toys and comic book series,” according to Cincinnati Public Library, host to the “Star Trek” 50th Anniversary Exhibit.
Part of the 2016 Comic Con Series, the exhibit contains memorabilia from the original series through the new reboot films, and was curated from the personal collections of four Cincinnati-area Trekkies (fans of “Star Trek”).
While you’re at the library, be sure to enjoy the permanent exhibits. See the oldest wide view photograph of an American city (Cincinnati in 1848). Examine one of the few intact copies of John James Audubon’s Birds of America; digital technology allows you to flip through the book and zoom in on the artwork. View “Sky Landscape II,” a sculpture by world-renowned artist Louise Nevelson and the Amelia Valerio Weinberg Memorial Fountain (fashioned like stacks of books). Finally, don’t miss the Veteran’s Memorial display case, honoring local veterans. Check the library website for other temporary exhibits that may be available when you are there.
Location: Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Main Library, 800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202; telephone 513-369-6900.
Hours of operation: Check website for specific dates; now through May 22, 2016.
Parking: metered, on street.