Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Western Reserve?
We are called the Western Reserve Historical Society (instead of the Cleveland or Northeast Ohio Historical Society) due to the history of settlement in this region. Northeast Ohio belonged to the state of Connecticut in the post-Revolutionary War 18th century. The area was dubbed the Western Reserve because it was the westernmost part of Connecticut and a target for expansion and settlement. Find a complete explanation of the history of the Western Reserve.
What makes up the Western Reserve Historical Society?
Western Reserve Historical Society was founded in 1867 to preserve and present the history of all of the people of Northeast Ohio. Today, WRHS is one of the largest regional historical societies in the nation with a mission to inspire people to discover the American experience by exploring the tangible history of Northeast Ohio. Our collections are made accessible to the public through our two primary venues: the History Center in Cleveland’s University Circle and Hale Farm & Village in the Cuyahoga Valley near Bath, Ohio.
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Where are the cars?
The Crawford Auto Aviation Collection galleries will reopen February 2, 2013, after a $3.5 million renovation project. All other areas of the History Center, including Kidzibits Family Education Center, the Research Center and the historic homes, are open throughout the renovations. Most of the vehicles and aircraft in the Crawford Collection were moved to safe off-site storage. Some vehicles may be viewed at other museums during our renovation project. Visit our WRHS Out & About .
Where are all the costumes?
Costume and textile exhibits rotate regularly due to the sensitive nature of the historic fabrics. Several new costume exhibits are planned for the coming months. Visit our Exhibits page to find what is now showing. For more information, search the Costume Collection.
Do you have pamphlets on the history of the Bingham-Hanna and Hay-McKinney Houses?
We are working to develop a publication of the history of the houses. Upon completion, it will be available for purchase in our museum stores and online.
What is happening with the Euclid Beach Park Carousel?
Rebuilding the iconic Euclid Beach Park Carousel and a glass pavilion to house it at WRHS is a project of two separate nonprofit organizations: Cleveland’s Euclid Beach Park Carousel Society and Euclid Beach Park Now. WRHS owns the carousel horses, chariots and original mechanism and is working in partnership with those two organizations to make the carousel available for the public to ride once again. The WRHS History Center is currently undergoing a $3.5 million renovation. Separate from those renovations, the Carousel Society is raising funds to build the carousel pavilion to be connected to the WRHS History Center at the corner of East 108th Street and East Boulevard. The entire renovation project is slated for completion in the fall of 2012. The rebuilding of the carousel itself, and its placement within the pavilion at WRHS, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013. For more information on the Cleveland’s Euclid Beach Park Carousel Society visit www.clevelandcarousel.org .
You used to have ____ on display. Where is it?
Western Reserve Historical Society is recognized nationally for our outstanding holdings in our special collections. We collect more than we can display at one time. We regularly rotate the collections on exhibit and, at times, loan artifacts to other institutions. To find where else you might see collections on exhibit visit our WRHS Out & About page.
I have a car/book/photograph/etc, would the museum like to buy it?
Click here for information on how and what we collect.
I have this car/book/photograph/etc, how much is it worth?
As a matter of museum ethics, staff at WRHS cannot appraise materials. A list of appraisers is available through the Appraisers Association of America or your local Yellow Pages.
How do I make a donation or become a member?
To find out how you can get involved click here.
Is WRHS connected with Case Western Reserve University?
Western Reserve Historical Society and Case Western Reserve University are two independent institutions. However, we do collaborate on a number of academic projects for scholars and the general public, including:
• The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
• SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship) - WRHS hosts well over a dozen visiting SAGES classes each year for special sessions on exhibits, archives, and special topics
• Individual class visits
• HSTY 306/406 "History Museums: Theory and Reality" - a summer course offered through CWRU which consists of an intensive internship at WRHS
• A Memorandum of Understanding with the Kelvin Smith Library at CWRU that works to increase access to the WRHS collection through digitization. Visit Digital Case to see what is available now.
Where do you get your exhibits?
Many of the current exhibits at the History Center and Hale Farm & Village are developed from within our extensive collections. WRHS also coordinates travelling exhibits with other museums and educational institutions. To see what is now showing click here.
What is Shandy Hall and how can I visit?
Robert Harper built a four-room home in 1815 and then, over the next 20 years, transformed the house into what was then considered a mansion. The two generations that succeeded Robert Harper took great care to preserve the furnishings, tools, and traditions that exist today at Shandy Hall. This gem is located in Geneva, Ohio and is open by special appointment only.
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What is Loghurst and how can I visit?
Loghurst is located in Canfield, Ohio. Originally built in 1805 as a home for the Conrad Naff family, this log structure is thought to be the oldest remaining log home in the Western Reserve. Loghurst continues to be part of the WRHS Collection of historic buildings and properties. Today, the Canfield Heritage Foundation maintains the property and public operation. Cannfield Heritage Foundation offers additional information.
Can I take pictures during my visit?
Personal photography is permitted unless otherwise noted. No flash photography is allowed in the museum exhibit galleries. Tripods and other special equipment are not permitted. You, yourself, may be captured by museum photographers during your visit. These images may be used for promotional purposes.
Professional and commercial photography require special permissions. Call (216) 721-5722 x1405 or email email@example.com for more information.