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Letter from the president

Mark Your Calendars!  Early Notice: Hearn 150th Anniversary of Arrival in U.S., Local Events 

March 5, 2019, The Mercantile Library, 6 pm reception and 7 pm lecture, by Professor Junko Unemoto, Nihon University 
Keynote Lecture: "The Tidal Wave as Seen by Lafcadio Hearn and Others"

June 29, 2019, Location TBA, Tour and Luncheon, (Tour of Important Hearn Cincinnati Sites and Q&A after lunch)

September 28, 2019, Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Hearn Symposium by noted local authors with an opportunity for selected members of the general public to participate as presenters, and Award Recipient comments on findings regarding Hearn's arrival in Cincinnati.



Our mission: 

Improving cultural understanding by sharing
the life stories of special people in Greater
Cincinnati who have strengthened relations between Japan and the
United States


Our objectives:

Program offerings, tours, support services
and higher education advising


Our officers:

Dr. Gary Eith, President;
  Biography of Gary Eith  

Hidenobu Paul Tanaka, Vice President

Ms. Reiko Tanaka, Treasurer

Board of Trustees

People we have highlighted
in the past: 

Lafcadio Hearn
Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto
Edwin Dun
Kitaro Shirayamadani

Research Announcement:  Hearn's  Arrival in Cincinnati

The Lafcadio Hearn Society/USA and the Japan Research Center of Greater Cincinnati announce a research award in honor of the 150th anniversary of writer Patrick (Lafcadio) Hearn's arrival in the United States in New York City on September 2, 1869. Hearn worked as a journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the 1870s and later earned international renown for his writings about Japan. It is not known exactly when he arrived in Cincinnati. Biographers usually cite his arrival as late 1869 or early 1870 without specifying a day or month. 

A $100 award and a set of Lafcadio Hearn Journals published by the Hearn Society will be given to the recipient who finds bona fide evidence of the date of Hearnís arrival in Cincinnati, Ohio, and can provide that information and any documentation in support of it. The runner-up also will receive a set of Lafcadio Hearn Journals. The submissions along with personal contact information should be sent to Steve Kemme, president of the Hearn Society at

 The email and documentation deadline is the end of day on September 26, 2018, the anniversary of Hearnís death in 1904, or postmarked by the same date and received no later than October 1, 2018. The society cannot be held responsible for the delivery and receipt of the information, but will make an attempt to contact any submitter upon receipt of the information.  

In addition to the above criteria, the recipient of the award must be willing to receive the award and recognition and to make a presentation to the society in person or by remote technology explaining the methods used in researching the date of Hearnís arrival in Cincinnati. The presentation would occur during the societyís anniversary celebrations in 2018 or 2019. The recipient also must be willing to be the subject of publicity with the society on this accomplishment.  All submitters will receive honorable mention and a special acknowledgement during the celebrations. But there will be only one $100 award. The earliest submission with verification of the correct date of Hearnís arrival in Cincinnati will be given the award. If more than one correct submission is received on the same day, the award will be split.

This research award is sponsored by the Japan Research Center of Greater Cincinnati and coordinated by the Lafcadio Hearn Society/USA.

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