Cleveland History Center

Cleveland History Center Experience Cleveland like never before at the Cleveland History Center, headquarters for the Western Reserve Historical Society(WRHS). The Cleveland History Center houses exhibits that tell the story of Northeast Ohio through items, documents, and artifacts from a variety of collections.
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Through the use of its vast and varied collections in the areas of family history, community history, entrepreneurship, and technological innovation, Cleveland History Center provides the public with a much-needed sense of place in today’s mobile society, and a base for learning about invention and ingenuity that can be transferred into modern economic expansion. Each document and artifact tell a story that personally engages individuals, young and old. These stories come alive through the exhibits at the Cleveland History Center.

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Photos from Italian American Museum of Cleveland IamCle's post
05/07/2021

Photos from Italian American Museum of Cleveland IamCle's post

We're #1! Home to diverse architecture, sculpture, music, and fine and modern art, we are thrilled to share that Univers...
05/07/2021
Best Arts District Winners (2021) | USA TODAY 10Best

We're #1! Home to diverse architecture, sculpture, music, and fine and modern art, we are thrilled to share that University Circle was just named America's Best Arts District by the 2021 USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest!

The winners for Best Arts District are in! Click to see the winners for Best Arts District , chosen by the readers of 10Best and USA TODAY.

Join our Genealogy Committee tomorrow for a special all-day seminar! New York has been the heart of U.S. immigration sin...
05/07/2021
Genealogy Committee Seminar | Navigating New York Research

Join our Genealogy Committee tomorrow for a special all-day seminar! New York has been the heart of U.S. immigration since the 1600s. Discover the origins of key immigrant and emigrant groups and settlers and where they went throughout the following years.

Learn the New York migration routes and transportation modes that your New York ancestors may have taken. Putting your ancestors in the context of their times is key for researching them. Follow the link to register: https://bit.ly/33hd4In

Enjoy four presentations from the comfort of your own home to help you research your New York ancestors. The presentations cover records and repositories for both New York City and New York State.

Earth Day provides us a good opportunity to think about how far we have come in dealing with our destruction of the natu...
05/06/2021

Earth Day provides us a good opportunity to think about how far we have come in dealing with our destruction of the natural world and, of course, how far we have yet to go. On May 19, Senior Historian John Grabowski will look back 100 years and discuss the incredible impact the “Roaring Twenties” had on Cleveland’s environment.

Join us on May 19 and find out why Cleveland not only “roared” one hundred years ago, but smelled, and why that “good old neighborhood” was not really a healthy place to be. Tickets available here: https://bit.ly/3tYvLfM

Earth Day provides us a good opportunity to think about how far we have come in dealing with our destruction of the natural world and, of course, how far we have yet to go. On May 19, Senior Historian John Grabowski will look back 100 years and discuss the incredible impact the “Roaring Twenties” had on Cleveland’s environment.

Join us on May 19 and find out why Cleveland not only “roared” one hundred years ago, but smelled, and why that “good old neighborhood” was not really a healthy place to be. Tickets available here: https://bit.ly/3tYvLfM

#ClevelandOrchestra has launched a new digital series #MusiCLEYours. Enjoy the first episode here.  We are so excited th...
05/05/2021
MusiCLE Yours First performance

#ClevelandOrchestra has launched a new digital series #MusiCLEYours. Enjoy the first episode here. We are so excited that the next video in the series to be released is a recording from the CHC!

Explore the music of William Grant Still with this concert featuring his “Incantation and Dance for Oboe and Piano” and “Danzas de Panama for String Quartet,...

Join our Genealogy Committee this Saturday for a special all-day seminar! New York has been the heart of U.S. immigratio...
05/05/2021
Genealogy Committee Seminar | Navigating New York Research

Join our Genealogy Committee this Saturday for a special all-day seminar! New York has been the heart of U.S. immigration since the 1600s. Discover the origins of key immigrant and emigrant groups and settlers and where they went throughout the following years.

Learn the New York migration routes and transportation modes that your New York ancestors may have taken. Putting your ancestors in the context of their times is key for researching them. Follow the link to register: https://bit.ly/33hd4In

Enjoy four presentations from the comfort of your own home to help you research your New York ancestors. The presentations cover records and repositories for both New York City and New York State.

It has four wheels, but it’s not a car. It can theoretically hit 300 mph, but it’s not a Bugatti. It has a ten cylinder ...
05/05/2021

It has four wheels, but it’s not a car. It can theoretically hit 300 mph, but it’s not a Bugatti. It has a ten cylinder Viper engine, but it’s not a racer. It is a motorcycle, but not a Harley, Honda, or Husqvarna. It’s a Dodge! A Tomahawk, to be specific. Although the design is eighteen years old, it still looks like it came straight out of the pages of Marvel Comics.

This fire-breathing five hundred horsepower street rocket is on display NOW in the Crawford at the Cleveland History Center. Come see it for yourself! Open Friday-Sunday, 10am - 4pm.

With a bit of sparkle and playful silhouettes, Amanda Wicker designed everything from jumpsuits to bridal gowns. Beyond ...
05/03/2021

With a bit of sparkle and playful silhouettes, Amanda Wicker designed everything from jumpsuits to bridal gowns. Beyond fashion, Wicker was also active with the NAACP, the National Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, the Future Outlook League, and served on the board of the Central Area Community Council. She was active in the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs and was honored by them with the Sojourner Truth Award for her service to the community and young people. Join us June 10 for the opening of our upcoming exhibit, Amanda Wicker: Black Fashion Design in Cleveland. Tickets and more info available here: https://bit.ly/3gMenqG

With a bit of sparkle and playful silhouettes, Amanda Wicker designed everything from jumpsuits to bridal gowns. Beyond fashion, Wicker was also active with the NAACP, the National Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, the Future Outlook League, and served on the board of the Central Area Community Council. She was active in the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs and was honored by them with the Sojourner Truth Award for her service to the community and young people. Join us June 10 for the opening of our upcoming exhibit, Amanda Wicker: Black Fashion Design in Cleveland. Tickets and more info available here: https://bit.ly/3gMenqG

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10am-4pm, guests are welcome to explore the Cleveland History Center! History buffs, sp...
05/01/2021

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10am-4pm, guests are welcome to explore the Cleveland History Center! History buffs, sports enthusiasts, families, students, educators and “Cleveland lovers” around the world experience the region’s collective stories when they visit the CHC.

Guests are encouraged to start in Cleveland Starts Here® sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, an exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through Cleveland’s history from 1796 to today. Then take a ride on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel before exploring the world-renowned Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. The Cleveland History Center welcomes and encourages everyone to come together, explore, discover, and make meaningful long-lasting connections with the community and each other. More info at wrhs.org!

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10am-4pm, guests are welcome to explore the Cleveland History Center! History buffs, sports enthusiasts, families, students, educators and “Cleveland lovers” around the world experience the region’s collective stories when they visit the CHC.

Guests are encouraged to start in Cleveland Starts Here® sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, an exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through Cleveland’s history from 1796 to today. Then take a ride on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel before exploring the world-renowned Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. The Cleveland History Center welcomes and encourages everyone to come together, explore, discover, and make meaningful long-lasting connections with the community and each other. More info at wrhs.org!

Check out this recent blog post from our Grants Manager Robyn Marcs about the famous rivalry between the Browns and the ...
04/30/2021
Dawg Pound! Steeler Nation!

Check out this recent blog post from our Grants Manager Robyn Marcs about the famous rivalry between the Browns and the team every Clevelander loves to hate, the Steelers!

Dawg Pound! Steeler Nation! Posted on April 30, 2021 by sbrosious Contributed by Robyn Marcs, WRHS Grants Manager. Back in this era, there was a role reversal between these two teams with the Browns being one of the most winningest teams in football and the Steelers consistently losing games. The St...

As Volunteer Appreciation Month comes to a close, WRHS would like to again thank our incredible volunteers! Your gifts o...
04/30/2021

As Volunteer Appreciation Month comes to a close, WRHS would like to again thank our incredible volunteers! Your gifts of time and talent are amazing!

As Volunteer Appreciation Month comes to a close, WRHS would like to again thank our incredible volunteers! Your gifts of time and talent are amazing!

Casey Coleman, the late sportscaster in Cleveland, took shoes from the Browns locker room after the 1964 championship ga...
04/30/2021

Casey Coleman, the late sportscaster in Cleveland, took shoes from the Browns locker room after the 1964 championship game when he was a kid. Coleman’s father, Ken, did the television broadcast for CBS and was allowed in the locker room. He noticed Brown tossed the cleats beside his locker for someone to clean and he grabbed them as a souvenir. In 2004 during the 40th anniversary of the championship game at a ceremony at Severance Hall, Coleman returned the shoes to the Cleveland Browns.

Casey Coleman, the late sportscaster in Cleveland, took shoes from the Browns locker room after the 1964 championship game when he was a kid. Coleman’s father, Ken, did the television broadcast for CBS and was allowed in the locker room. He noticed Brown tossed the cleats beside his locker for someone to clean and he grabbed them as a souvenir. In 2004 during the 40th anniversary of the championship game at a ceremony at Severance Hall, Coleman returned the shoes to the Cleveland Browns.

"The Cleveland History Center (CHC) immerses you the moment you walk in, from recent history all the way back to the cit...
04/29/2021
Rain in Cleveland for the NFL Draft? Here are 21 indoor activities for visitors

"The Cleveland History Center (CHC) immerses you the moment you walk in, from recent history all the way back to the city’s first newspapers. The size and diversity of the museum collection is impressive. It feels like you could spend all day here."

Come visit the CHC during your NFL visit!

Don't worry about the rain during the NFL Draft. Here are some indoor activities to enhance your visit to Cleveland.

Many of the Browns players are household names in Cleveland: quarterback Frank Ryan, running backs Jim Brown and Leroy K...
04/29/2021

Many of the Browns players are household names in Cleveland: quarterback Frank Ryan, running backs Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly, receivers Gary Collins and Paul Warfield, offensive lineman Gene Hickerson, tackle Dick Schafrath, defensive lineman Dick Modzelewski, and kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza.

These photographs, including ones from the Charles Proctor collection, show key 1964 Browns players in action against the teams on their 1964 schedule: Washington Redskins, St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions.

"Looking for a crash course in Cleveland history? Located at the Western Reserve Historical Society in the University Ci...
04/28/2021
11 NFL Draft-adjacent things to see, do and eat in Cleveland

"Looking for a crash course in Cleveland history? Located at the Western Reserve Historical Society in the University Circle museum district, the Cleveland History Center’s “Cleveland Starts Here” exhibit tells the stories of the triumphs and tragedies that define Cleveland. Open Friday-Sunday, 10am to 4pm."

So, you're in Cleveland for the NFL Draft. Welcome! But now what do you do?

Truth: Cleveland loves sports. Win or lose; rain or shine; downpour or blizzard — Cleveland fans show up, adorned in tea...
04/28/2021
History of the Cleveland Football Fans with CC

Truth: Cleveland loves sports. Win or lose; rain or shine; downpour or blizzard — Cleveland fans show up, adorned in team colors, ready to cheer, and they still do. If you want a refresher on Cleveland before the draft, start with the video below; a history lesson on Cleveland's historic fandom featuring a handful of WRHS staff members!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALCAjI-M7J8

Truth: Cleveland loves sports, but football is king. Cleveland never had celebrity players or baller budgets. But you better believe it — win or lose; rain o...

"As the city prepares to usher in its official 100-year anniversary on Aug. 9, a whole slate of events, activities and a...
04/23/2021
Cleveland Heights celebrates centennial throughout 2021

"As the city prepares to usher in its official 100-year anniversary on Aug. 9, a whole slate of events, activities and attractions is being planned to celebrate a century of rich diversity."

Plans call for a time capsule, a north-end mural, virtual guided tours and the signing of a 6-foot-tall card, targeted around the 100-year anniversary of the city's official date of incorporation on Aug. 9, 1921.

Happy #EarthDay! Cleveland has much to be proud of on this 50th Earth Day, and it’s all because of the June 22, 1969 Cuy...
04/22/2021

Happy #EarthDay! Cleveland has much to be proud of on this 50th Earth Day, and it’s all because of the June 22, 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire. A month after the fire, Time Magazine published an article on the nation’s environmental problems, and it was that article along with Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes’ successful lobbying for better environmental legislation that helped to ignite national environmental policy change. Following the fire Carl Stokes testified before Congress advocating for greater federal involvement in pollution control, which led to the first Earth Day event on April 22, 1970 and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) later that same year.

Although Stokes acknowledged the importance of reducing air and water pollution, as Cleveland’s first black mayor he was the first to broaden the focus on how these issues affect low-income and minority communities. Stokes remarked at the first Earth Day event “I am fearful that the priorities on air and water pollution may be at the expense of what the priorities of the country ought to be: proper housing, adequate food and clothing.” So as we reflect on this Earth Day and continue to champion for the environmental movement, let’s not forget to champion for our urban environments as well.

Happy #EarthDay! Cleveland has much to be proud of on this 50th Earth Day, and it’s all because of the June 22, 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire. A month after the fire, Time Magazine published an article on the nation’s environmental problems, and it was that article along with Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes’ successful lobbying for better environmental legislation that helped to ignite national environmental policy change. Following the fire Carl Stokes testified before Congress advocating for greater federal involvement in pollution control, which led to the first Earth Day event on April 22, 1970 and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) later that same year.

Although Stokes acknowledged the importance of reducing air and water pollution, as Cleveland’s first black mayor he was the first to broaden the focus on how these issues affect low-income and minority communities. Stokes remarked at the first Earth Day event “I am fearful that the priorities on air and water pollution may be at the expense of what the priorities of the country ought to be: proper housing, adequate food and clothing.” So as we reflect on this Earth Day and continue to champion for the environmental movement, let’s not forget to champion for our urban environments as well.

"The Western Reserve was, and arguably, still is a “place apart” in Ohio." Read more on our blog: https://bit.ly/3gx6tRM
04/21/2021
A Different Part of Ohio

"The Western Reserve was, and arguably, still is a “place apart” in Ohio." Read more on our blog: https://bit.ly/3gx6tRM

A Different Part of Ohio Posted on April 20, 2021April 20, 2021 by sbrosious Contributed by John J. Grabowski, Ph.D., Historian/Senior Vice President for Research and Publications. It’s relatively easy to find a good definition of the Western Reserve on various websites (including that of the West...

Did you know that WRHS's Heritage Management Team partners with businesses, philanthropies and nonprofits to help captur...
04/20/2021

Did you know that WRHS's Heritage Management Team partners with businesses, philanthropies and nonprofits to help capture and preserve their organization's innovation, pride, and history for generations to come?

Our team provides services such as in-house heritage management program development, digitization of materials, conducting oral histories, as well as housing organizational records at WRHS's own Research Library. For more information on our Heritage Management program and what WRHS can do for you, email [email protected]!

Did you know that WRHS's Heritage Management Team partners with businesses, philanthropies and nonprofits to help capture and preserve their organization's innovation, pride, and history for generations to come?

Our team provides services such as in-house heritage management program development, digitization of materials, conducting oral histories, as well as housing organizational records at WRHS's own Research Library. For more information on our Heritage Management program and what WRHS can do for you, email [email protected]!

Declared “the most beautiful street in America,” Euclid Avenue was once home to powerful families who not only shaped Cl...
04/20/2021
Speaking of Cleveland | Stories from Millionaires’ Row

Declared “the most beautiful street in America,” Euclid Avenue was once home to powerful families who not only shaped Cleveland, but national politics and industry, as well. Join us tomorrow, April 21, for an evening online lecture and hear the stories of Millionaires' Row as you take a walk down Euclid Avenue in the 19th Century and learn about the beautiful art and architecture of Cleveland's most dazzling homes.

Learn More: https://www.wrhs.org/events/speaking-of-cleveland-stories-from-millionaires-row/

The Cleveland History Center’s signature lecture series, Speaking of Cleveland, invites participants to take a front-row seat as our experts share significant stories that capture the Cleveland spirit. Each month, join our staff as we explore the intriguing, curious, and oft-forgotten tales from C...

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The Cleveland History Center tells the story of Northeast Ohio through the use of its vast collections, and provides the public with a much-needed sense of place in today’s mobile society. Each document and artifact tells a story that personally engages individuals, young and old. These stories come alive through the exhibits at the Cleveland History Center.

Among a number of rotating temporary exhibits, additional permanent exhibits include the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, Bingham-Hanna Mansion, Hay-McKinney Mansion, Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, and Kidzibits Playzone.

In the fall of 2017, we opened our newest exhibit, Cleveland Starts Here® a new Cleveland history experience and digital portal sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. This exhibit allows first-time visitors and life-long residents to immerse themselves in Cleveland’s stories from the 1790s to today. Using the latest technologies and digital media, rarely seen images, films, art and historical artifacts are now accessible for visitors to experience.


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I'm wondering if anyone has information or picture(s) of a National Humane Alliance Fountain that I believe was given to Cleveland. It was one of approximately 150 fountains similar to the one pictured given to communities all across the U.S. and beyond by the National Humane Alliance from about 1902 to 1915. I have found some evidence that a fountain was given and possibly installed at Payne & Superior Aves. Many communities received the fountains and then either moved them or discarded them because of changing traffic patterns. To date, I have been able to compile data and pictures on most of the fountains which can be found at http://electronicvalley.org/derby/quiz/pages/wateringtrough.htm as well as on an interactive Google map https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1NW8lnCl1lpM6uJai9jkOfmDYVfE&ll=38.70519172284092%2C-98.86504629030367&z=4 and I would like to be able to update the information with whatever you might have about the fountain in Cleveland or could direct me to someone who might know.
This newspaper ad is from 1926
A friend of mine recently found this old Dodge truck sleeping in a Akron garage for the past 65 years. Can anyone provide more information on The Individual Laundry Co in Lakewood? The truck is now running and drivable again
If you've ever gone to The Front Row Theater, Join my group please to share your memories of the theater. Plus any photos/videos you have of the theater. https://www.facebook.com/groups/126325550787038/
Hi Cleveland! Library of Congress here. Trying to ID some photos that were found in a collection here and which MIGHT have ties to your city. Anyone look familiar in the photos below? Thanks!
Hi Cleveland--Hello from the Library of Congress. Trying to ID the people in this photo. Does the cop's cap to the extreme left look like Cleveland? Thx.
New Cleveland group! Emphasis on history but not limited. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClevelandStreets/
Public Square 1945
#WRHS150 Living on Thornhill Drive right across from the park made summers in East Cleveland the best of times for us kids in the early 1950s. Every morning, my sister and I would meet up with our neighborhood friends. We’d climb over the stone wall that surrounded the tether all court and explore the “woods” we dubbed Indian Village. I’m pretty sure we never found arrowheads among the bushes, but I loved tagging along with the big kids of 6 or 7. After lunch, we were back in the park, lined up at “The Red House”, appropriately dubbed that because it was a red brick building that housed sports equipment and crafts. Miss Alice drove up in her white car and cheers rang out. She opened the door to the craft room and the smell of Tempra paint, varnish, and leather excited our senses. We’d line up to pick our craft for the day. It might be painting a plaster cast of a turtle shell, rabbit, flowers in a basket, or and Indian Chief with a feathered headdress. Or we could lace-up pieces of leather to make a bookmark or coin purse. It was very exciting to get a round aluminum disk and tap designs or initials using a little hammer and nail. Miss Alice used pliers to turn up the edges to transform it into an ashtray. It was time to go when Mrs. Johnson stood on the porch and rang a bell for her kids. Then we all went running home for dinner.
So they changed their name to the Cleveland History Center from the Western Reserve Historical Society?
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Hi, I’m a librarian in the Center for Local & Global History at the Cleveland Public Library and I’m excited to invite you to CPL’s first ever Family History Day on June 29th. We have an outstanding lineup of presenters, including J. Mark Lowe, Shamele Jordon, Tim Pinnick, Amanda Epperson, Sunny Morton, Cynthia Turk, Deborah Abbott, Carla Cegielski, and Peggy Lauritzen. 

 Here is a link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1473364692799312 And here is a link to the registration page: https://cpl.libcal.com/calendar/events/familyhistoryday 
Registration is free and it’s filling up fast. 
If you can’t make it to the event, I hope you visit our Genealogy Resources page to learn more about what CPL has to offer: https://cpl.org/research-learning/genealogy/