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You have got to check out these photos of the old Cincinnati library, taken around the turn of the 20th centruy. They are absolutely unbelievable.
Check out the photos here.
It makes me proud to represent a city and a state with such a rich history of supporting literature and education.
Did you know that at one time Cincinnati, Ohio was called the “Paris of America?” In the 19th and early 20th century, Cincinnati was a cultural icon of the United States.
For reference, when these photos were taken the city of Cincinnati was home to a population of about 300,000, and was the ninth largest city in the United States. By all standards it was a large and growing industrial city.
The population peeked at about a half million in the 1940s, but gradually shrank back down to the 300,000 mark, which makes it the 23rd largest city in the country.
A library of this magnitude for that time period demonstrates the dedication the city Cincinnati had for literature and the finer arts.
Want more information on Cincinnatus?
Of course, my book, Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America, is fictional. But I did a lot of research before I wrote the book and I based many of the elements on real things. The Crosley brothers are real, Coral Castle is real, Cat Cay is real.
And Cincinnatus, the Roman general, is also real. He really existed, and he inspired our founding fathers. His full name was Lucius Quintcius Cincinnatus.
Here are some links to learn more about Cincinnatus, the person:
“Cincinnatus” article on Wikipedia
A short version of the story of Cincinnatus on About.com
Enclycopedia Brittanica article on Cincinnatus
Enjoy these links, and I hope you’re as inspired by Cincinnatus as I am.
Check out the latest trailer for my book Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America. We made a couple of changes to the video.
If you haven’t read Cincinnatus yet, you can find it on Amazon.com here. It’s also available from all major retailers, as a hardbound book, a paperback book and an e-book for almost all devices. It’s a 5-star book, with ratings from 28 reviewers. If you have read it, please take the time to leave an honest review for other readers.
You can also find Cincinnatus and leave a review on Goodreads here.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a little behind the curve on this whole social media thing. I’m doing my best to get the hang of it though, and overall I’m glad I did. I’m able to connect with my readers in new and real ways. It’s a lot easier than I imagine opening letters all day was!
One of my favorite new networks is Goodreads. What a great idea! Find my profile here and connect with me.
Some of these social media sites are so bogged down with features and things to do that it’s hard to sort it out. But Goodreads knows its purpose, and it does it well. It’s all about books. It’s all about readers connecting with each other, and connecting with their favorite authors.
Check it out, review a few books (mine if you don’t mind), and connect with me there. I’ll keep an eye out for you.
Are you on Twitter? I’ll be honest, I’m just getting started with it, but I’m having a great time.
It’s so easy to interact with friends and readers, but the 140 character limit keeps things simple and easy for me. I don’t have to worry about responding to long letters, but I can drop a note to the people I appreciate and care about.
At first I was skeptical, but now that I’m using it, I’m finding that I like it more and more.
You can find me on Twitter @RustyMcClure (I know, clever handle). If you’re not following me yet, please do and I’ll be sure to follow back,
If you’ve read Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America, you may remember the secret lair on Cat Cay, an island off the coast of Florida.
Cat Cay, like most of the places in Cincinnatus, is a real place! It’s an exclusive island only open to members. You can find more information about the island on this Wikipedia page.
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the island, and playing the golf course there several times, and I knew it would make the perfect secluded location for Cincinnatus.
Check out that link to learn more, or just read Cincinnatus.
You can also find real pictures of Cat Cay (as well as photos of Coral Castle, the Crosley Brothers, and more) on the Cincinnatus website here.
We’re in the swing of Christmas shopping now! As you shop for those hard-to-buy-for folks, don’t forget about great books.
Books are non-perishable, they’re enriching and it’s a great way to find and establish common interest with your gift recipient.
If you’re in the market for great books, be sure to check out my selection on Amazon.com. Find all three great titles here.
All of my books have 4+ stars, with plenty of reviews to give you an idea of who might like them. Each of my books is very different from the others, there’s a little something for everyone.
Did you know that the Society of the Cincinnati in my book Cincinnatus: The Secret Plot to Save America is a real thing?
The Society of the Cincinnati is the oldest patriotic organization in the United States, originally founded by a group of officers from the Continental Army (Revolutionary War) who idealized the selflessness of the Roman farmer-dictator Cincinnatus.
The society is still alive and active today. It is a private, closed organization made up solely of qualified male descendants of the founding officers.
Officially, the group promotes patriotism through education, museums and libraries. What do they do with the rest of their time and money? I’ve got a few ideas – Cincinnatus.
Learn more about the society at SocietyoftheCincinnati.org or on Wikipedia.