Historical Society of Old Brooklyn

Historical Society of Old Brooklyn A growing and vital organization that hopes to aid in the revitalization of Old Brooklyn. They named their group the Four Corners Guild. Membership is $5 yearly.

In 1982 a group of people from the Old Brooklyn neighborhood met together at The Glenn Restaurant with the purpose of forming a historical society in this area. In March 1986 the Four Corners Guild filed an Articles of Incorporation with the State of Ohio and changed its name to the Historical Society of Old Brooklyn. The group has continued to be in existence since its inception, and today it is

a growing and vital organization that hopes to help in the revitalization of Old Brooklyn. Please join us in our efforts to preserve and share memories of our rich heritage by becoming a member of the Historical Society of Old Brooklyn. Contact the Society at [email protected].

Enjoy a speaker from the Western Reserve Historical Society
04/16/2024

Enjoy a speaker from the Western Reserve Historical Society

04/10/2024

Your spring cleaning can help us!

Part four (April issue, Plain Press). Thank you Lynette Filips and William G. Krejci
04/04/2024

Part four (April issue, Plain Press). Thank you Lynette Filips and William G. Krejci

by Lynette Filips    (Plain Press April 2024) This month we continue to look at the history of the northwest corner of Pearl Rd. and Memphis Ave. which the Old Brooklyn Community Developm…

Part three of the history (March issue, Plain Press)
04/04/2024

Part three of the history (March issue, Plain Press)

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Friday, February 16, 2024; 4200 Pearl Road, Pearl Road United Methodist Church: The lawn of this church provides a rare green space on this stretch of Pearl Road. by Lynette Fi…

03/23/2024
Leap Day greetings to Old Brooklyn (and all history) enthusiasts! It’s that one extra day we get every four years, and w...
02/29/2024

Leap Day greetings to Old Brooklyn (and all history) enthusiasts! It’s that one extra day we get every four years, and we're making it count by reaching out to you with a lighthearted request to
Leap into History with the Historical Society of Old Brooklyn!
We're passionate about preserving our rich history and we need your help to keep the momentum going. Today we’re asking you to leap into action with us and contribute to our efforts!
Why support us?
THE PAST: Your donation helps us maintain our museum, archives and artifacts, allowing you leap back in time without a DeLorean!
THE PRESENT: Make community connections. Support our events and programs that bring neighbors together to celebrate Old Brooklyn's unique history.
THE FUTURE: It helps ensure that future generations can enjoy the charm and stories of our community.
Ready to make history together? Take a leap and donate today! Visit

Catch this first in a series of articles about the history of an important piece of downtown Old Brooklyn by Lynette Filips in the Plain Press January 2024. https://bit.ly/4aZPGAM Continue with part two, "Resident reflects on history of Old Brooklyn corner slated for redevelopment" in the February 2...

02/28/2024

March 8 at 7 p.m. Lennie Stover, founder of the Red Line Greenway, a 2.5 mile urban trail that connects eight racially and economically diverse neighborhoods, will present the history behind this volunteer driven project that spans over 100 years. From the Van Sweringen brothers building of the Cuyahoga Viaduct and Terminal Tower in the 1920's, to RTA's Red Line making Cleveland the first city in America to connect its airport to its downtown in the 1950's. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad closing in the 1970's left the viaduct underutilized and the trackside had become a dump for many residents. Learn how a man riding the train in 1975 for a job interview started a successful volunteer effort to clean up the tracks and how three local men from the suburbs adopted a 200 foot site in 1977 that eventually grew to two miles of trackside, the precursor to the greenway today. Fast forward to 2009 when an idea was born to make the trackside a public green space, partnerships were formed, and $6 million was raised to make the greenway a reality that opened in 2021.

The final chapter of this story has not been written! A brief three minute video will highlight current efforts to build phase III of the greenway known as the Skywalk. The Skywalk will be the highest elevated greenway in America on an active rail line and will connect 58,000 residents to 120,000 jobs downtown. Learn the strategy for achieving this goal and the current status of the project, all volunteer driven.

Our meetings are held at Pearl Road United Methodist Church, 4200 Pearl Road (enter driveway off Memphis Avenue). Questions (216)337-8200.

Part two. See first part posted below.
02/08/2024

Part two. See first part posted below.

by Lynette Filips      (Plain Press February 2024) This month we continue to look at the history of the northwest corner of Pearl Rd. and Memphis Ave. which the Old Brooklyn Com…

01/17/2024

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN November 18, 2023, Pearl Road at Memphis Avenue: This former St. Luke’s United Church of Christ sits on the site of a proposed new development in the Old Brooklyn Historic Dist…

Friday, January 12th, at 7 p.m., William G. Krejci presents his new book, Lost Ghost Stories of Cleveland. Pearl Road Un...
01/10/2024

Friday, January 12th, at 7 p.m., William G. Krejci presents his new book, Lost Ghost Stories of Cleveland. Pearl Road United Methodist Church, 4200 Pearl Road (enter the driveway off Memphis Avenue.) Inquiries, please call the HSOB museum at (216) 337-8200.

Sept. 8 meeting: Let's Revisit the Richfield Coliseum (1974-1994).  At the September meeting we will look at the history...
08/31/2023

Sept. 8 meeting: Let's Revisit the Richfield Coliseum (1974-1994). At the September meeting we will look at the history of the Richfield Coliseum from the grand opening with Frank Sinatra to the final event featuring Roger Daltrey of the Who. We will look at concerts, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Force, and more. Prizes and surprises!

The meeting will be on Friday, September 8, 2023, at 7 p.m., at Pearl Road United Methodist Church, 4200 Pearl Road (enter driveway off of Memphis Avenue). For inquiries, please call the museum at (216)337-8200.

This August: Event to focus on history and architectureHistory and architecture lovers: The Federal Reserve Bank of Clev...
07/19/2023

This August: Event to focus on history and architecture

History and architecture lovers: The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will host a FedTalk inside its downtown Cleveland headquarters, which turns 100 years old this year, for a program that explores why the US central bank exists and why it’s structured the way it is. Titled “Nothing the World Had Ever Seen: The Origins of America’s Central Bank,” the FedTalk will take place from 5 to 7 pm on Tues., Aug. 8. During the program architect Thomas Veider will present his research about the history of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s building and its connections to Cleveland’s architectural past. After our presenters delve into the past, they’ll take audience Q&A, followed by light refreshments in the Cleveland Fed’s historic lobby. Unable to make it to Cleveland? This hybrid event will be livestreamed, too. Register at

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On Friday, May 12 the Historical Society of Old Brooklyn will host Riverside Cemetery's Jamie Owens and Maria Moldovan, ...
04/20/2023

On Friday, May 12 the Historical Society of Old Brooklyn will host Riverside Cemetery's Jamie Owens and Maria Moldovan, who will give a presentation on the "Symbols and Stories of Riverside Cemetery," a fascinating deep dive into the meaning behind headstone symbolism and the history behind the people who chose these symbols to represent them after they have passed. Meeting begins at 7 p.m., at Pearl Road United Methodist Church, 4200 Pearl Road. Enter the driveway off Memphis Avenue. For questions, please contact the museum at (216) 337-8200.

The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn will host Mr. William Krejci, author of "Buried Beneath Cleveland: Lost Cemeterie...
01/05/2023

The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn will host Mr. William Krejci, author of "Buried Beneath Cleveland: Lost Cemeteries of Cuyahoga County," Friday, January 13, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Pearl Road United Methodist Church, 4200 Pearl Road. Enter by the blue door off the parking lot. Driveway off Memphis Avenue. For inquiries, please call the Historical Society of Old Brooklyn (216) 337-8200.

Address

3430 Memphis Avenue
Cleveland, OH
44109

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12pm - 5pm
Thursday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

(216) 337-8200

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