Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives

A grand opening celebration and open house for the new traveling exhibit, Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives, will take place on Wednesday, June 26th from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM at the Wood County Historical Museum, located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. There will be a public reception and self-guided tours. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made at or 419-352-0967.

This traveling exhibit from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ touring program, "NEH on the Road," documents the squalid living conditions of New York’s poor immigrants and laborers in “The Gilded Age” of the early 20th century. This contrast to the growing wealth of millionaires, such as Carnegie and Rockefeller, inspired many reforms of working-class housing. Riis was a Danish-born American photographer (1849-1914).

This exhibit was made possible with a generous donation from Edwin & Irma Wolf.

Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives will be on exhibit from June 16 – August 11, 2019. The Riis exhibit is a companion piece to the For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity By Way of the Poor Farm exhibit that is also currently on display at the Wood County Museum.