I'm off to Cincinnati tomorrow for the Midwestern Archives' Conference and so I thought I'd do a Cincinatti related post. The Tafts were from Cincinatti and Helen Taft was instrumental in the start of the Cincinnati Symphony:
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, president, (1893-1900): Nellie Taft helped to found the orchestra and was elected president from her position on the board of directors. Her responsibilities included auditioning, contract negotiations with conductors and musicians, subscription sales, rental of performance hall, fundraising, presiding at board and stockholder meetings, signing all contracts and stock certificates, community outreach, educational programming, delivering an annual report. "I found, at last, a practical method for expressing and making use of my love and knowledge of music," she recalled.