Dudley Allen Trust Funds Exceed a Century of Support for Cleveland Institutions

Western Reserve Historical Society among four institutions to receive funds in perpetuity.

The National Fiduciary Trust Committee of KeyBank recently approved to continue, in perpetuity, the Dudley Allen Trust Funds established a hundred years ago for the benefit of four Northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations. The Dudley Allen Trust Funds were established per terms of an agreement between Elisabeth Severance Allen and The Cleveland Trust Company dated September 24, 1915. Five trusts funds were formed to benefit The Cleveland Medical Library Association, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Museum of Art, Oberlin College, and the Jennie Allen Nurse Fund of Oberlin College. The trust funds were to be held for one hundred years, with the income from the trust funds paid to the 4 named organizations.

The agreement states: “It is my wish and I direct that payment of income to the several institutions and organizations hereinbefore designated…..shall continue for such length of time beyond the period originally fixed for their termination, as they shall efficiently and worthily carry out the purposes of their organization, in the opinion of the Board of Directors of The Cleveland Trust Company, whose judgement with respect thereto shall be conclusive.”

This continuing support, now in perpetuity as approved by KeyBank, reflects the forward thinking legacy of philanthropic Clevelanders over a century ago.  At that time, Cleveland was the sixth largest city in the nation.  Manufacturing and industry amassed wealth leading to an unprecedented expansion of philanthropy in Northeast Ohio.  A number of these companies thrive yet today, as do the historically significant nonprofit organizations developed during that era of wealth and philanthropy.  As these companies and nonprofit organizations approach or even surpass their centennial, their legacies continue to grow.

Western Reserve Historical Society will honor those who have reached this milestone at its 100 Year Club annual awards banquet on Monday, December 7, 2015.  The 2015 Class includes eleven local organizations surpassing their centennial and two additional organizations that have reached one hundred fifty years of service.  The list includes Cleveland Play House, Farmers National Bank, Fay Sharpe LLP, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Auto Dealers Association, Hawken School, Jewish Family Service Association, Karamu House, Kiwanis, Seibert Keck, Spitzer Automotive, Ohio Awning & Manufacturing Co (150 years), and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (150 years).

 

For more information on the event visit www.wrhs.org/get-involved/100-year-club/ .

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New Exhibition | Frank N. Wilcox: Artist as Historian | Opening November 27th

Exhibition on prolific Cleveland artist opens November 27, 2015 at Cleveland History Center

Frank Nelson Wilcox (1887-1964) was a native Clevelander who was as interested in history as he was in art. He believed that all art was an emotional experience, and that the forms in nature must be interpreted rather than copied. A prolific student, artist, and long-time professor at the Cleveland School of Art, Wilcox left behind a rich treasure trove of artwork that reflects the history of Cleveland, the Northeast Ohio region, and other parts of the country and world he traveled during his lifetime. A comprehensive exhibition of his work, Frank N. Wilcox: Artist as Historian will open at the Cleveland History Center on Friday, November 27, 2015.

Frank N. Wilcox: Artist as Historian is an exhibition on Wilcox’s work relating to the history of Cleveland and its surrounding Ohio environs. “His work is not like a detailed photographic record of places in time, but an interpretation of places, people and events by a skilled draftsman with a wonderful sense of design and understanding of all of its elements,” says William G. Scheele, exhibit curator.

Wilcox began teaching at the Cleveland School of Art in 1913, after spending time in Europe following his graduation from the school in 1910. He taught design, drawing, painting and printmaking for 44 years and was known as the “Dean of Cleveland School Painters.” As a teacher, Wilcox used his vacation time to travel extensively throughout the United States, Europe and parts of Canada. As a passenger, since he never learned to drive, Wilcox was able to sketch endlessly during his travels, becoming a chronicler of all he saw.

The art collection for the exhibition collaboratively comes together from the Western Reserve Historical Society, Jones Day Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the private Wilcox Family Archives. This will be the first time that many pieces will be available to the public.

Frank Wilcox came from a large family with New England ancestry on both sides, all of whom played a significant role in settling Ohio’s Western Reserve. The Wilcox and Snow families offered young Frank exposure to both city and country life, which is reflected in his work and in family photographs. A companion gallery will illustrate the rich Wilcox and Snow family history and take a look at Frank Wilcox, the man.

“We are pleased to make the connection of art to history to genealogy,” says Angie Lowrie, Director of the Cleveland History Center. “It is an exhibit trifecta.”

Frank N. Wilcox: Artist as Historian is presented at the Cleveland History Center, through the generous support from the Elizabeth Ring Mather and William Gwinn Mather Fund, Ms. Caroline Butler, Mr. Thomas H. Horner and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Waldman. The exhibition will be open November 27, 2015 through April 30, 2016 at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle at 10825 East Boulevard. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is $10 adults; $9 seniors (age 62+); $5.00 students (age 3-12). WRHS members and children 2 & under receive free admission. Group rates are available. For information call 216-721-5722 or visit www.wrhs.org.

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New Exhibition | A Stitch in Time: The Cleveland Garment Industry | Opening November 6th

New Western Reserve Historical Society Publication & Exhibition tells story of “the rag trade” and the immigrant entrepreneurs who left their mark on the region.

A new, illustrated history of the Cleveland Garment Industry tells the stories of the immigrant entrepreneurs and workers who made “the rag trade” part of the city’s economy. A Stitch In Time: The Cleveland Garment Industry, written by Associate Curator for Jewish History Sean Martin, Ph.D., and published by Western Reserve Historical Society, is now available.  A companion exhibition developed in collaboration with Barrie Projects will open at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle on November 6, 2015.

The garment industry, concentrated in the Warehouse District and along Superior between East 19th and East 25th Streets, left its mark on the city in many ways.  Throughout the 20th century, Cleveland was one of the nation’s leaders in the garment industry.  Small shops established in the 19th century by immigrant entrepreneurs grew to become leading manufacturers.  Companies based in Cleveland made dresses, blouses, sweaters, cloaks, and suits for men, women, and children. Successful manufacturers became prominent philanthropists, helping to turn Cleveland into the best location in the nation, and immigrant workers built lives as Americans.  Workers earned the money to get an education and start their families. The industry declined in the late 20th century, but its mark on the city remains.

The publication A Stitch in Time: The Cleveland Garment Industry is available for purchase now through November 5, 2015 at the Cleveland History Center Museum Store for a special preview discount of $25.00.  Following the opening of the exhibition, A Stitch in Time, on November 6th, the book will be sold at the Cleveland History Center and through other book dealers throughout Northeast Ohio for a retail price of $34.95.

The publication was made possible through generous funds from the Stone Rand Philanthropic Fund, Ruth G. and Sam H. Sampliner Fund, Adler Family Foundation, and the William & Barbara Klineman Philanthropic Fund. Martin explained the origins of the project, saying “A Stitch in Time was inspired by the efforts of Marc Frisch, whose family owned Frisch Knitting Mills, and Gary Rand, of Ohio Knitting Mills. Their desire to learn more about the industry their families were involved in motivated WRHS to tell the story of the industry and of companies such as Joseph & Feiss, Richman Brothers, Work Wear, Bobbie Brooks, and Dalton. Garment manufacturers helped immigrants find their way in a new country and contributed significantly to the growth of the city and region.”

The exhibition A Stitch In Time: The Cleveland Garment Industry will open November 6, 2015 and run through 2016 at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle at 10825 East Boulevard.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.  Admission is $10 adults; $9 seniors (age 62+); $5.00 students (age 3-12). WRHS members and children 2 & under receive free admission.  Group rates are available.  For information call 216-721-5722 or visit www.wrhs.org.

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Western Reserve Historical Society Completes $1 million Exterior Renovation at Cleveland History Center

Funds from The State of Ohio and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Support Upgrades to Guest Parking Lot and Main Entrance

The transformation continues for the Western Reserve Historical Society with a $1 million exterior renovation at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle.  With support from The State of Ohio and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and in partnership with Behnke Associates, Inc. and F. Buddie Contracting, Ltd. WRHS completed much needed renovations to its main visitor parking lot on Magnolia Drive and the Reinberger Gallery main entrance plaza.  The improvement project featured a facelift with improved access, new parking controls, and the implementation of green infrastructure.  This upgrade also improves guest access, safety and overall appearance of the 7-plus acres that comprise the Cleveland History Center.

The cornerstone of the project is an approach to sustainability.  Through the installation of multiple bioretention cells, infiltration, stormwater harvesting, and other green infrastructure practices, the parking lot and patio is designed to eliminate from the combined sewer system up to 750,000 gallons of stormwater runoff annually and in turn, reduce the release of combined sewage into the environment.  In addition, lighting upgrades incorporate highly efficient LED fixtures, with appropriate “cut offs” to minimize light pollution.

“The Western Reserve Historical Society genuinely appreciates support from The State of Ohio and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for making this work possible. Stewardship is one of the Historical Society’s core values, ” explains Kelly Falcone-Hall, WRHS President & CEO. “This includes stewardship of the land and responsible stewardship of the collections that we hold in public trust.  This major renovation project dramatically improves the guest experience and community access to the Cleveland History Center, and to University Circle in general.

The new parking lot and guest entrance, located off Magnolia Drive, opens to the public on Friday, September 11, 2015.  Visible improvements will include a pervious paver drive leading to a stamped concrete entry.  Pay-in-lane parking equipment will allow 24-hour parking access for visitors to University Circle.   Multi-modal transportation and community connectivity is encouraged by including bike racks and maintaining convenient drop-off points near the entrance.  A new walkway from the parking lot to the entrance is enhanced by a renovated exterior wall, new gates, and increased green space.

Parking Rates (effective 9/11/15)

Public Hours (Tuesday-Sunday 7:00 am-6:00 pm)
First 2 Hours…………………………..$8
Each Additional 30 min……………..$1
Daily Max……………………………….$15

After Hours (Tuesday-Sunday 6:01 pm-6:59 am | Monday all day/night)
Flat Rate………………………………..$10
*Pay in Lane/Credit Card Only

All WRHS Members – $5/car flat rate
*During regular museum hours only

Western Reserve Historical Society Opens Search for Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costume and Textiles

Western Reserve Historical Society opens search for Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costume and Textiles
Lead Gift from WRHS Museum Advisory Council makes funds available.

The Museum Advisory Council (MAC), an auxiliary of the Western Reserve Historical Society voted unanimously to support WRHS’s nationally ranked costume and textile collection with the Museum Advisory Council Costume Collection Endowment Fund. With the fund in place, WRHS will open a search for the Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costume and Textiles.

“The Museum Advisory Council has a legacy of fundraising to support the Western Reserve Historical Society for more than 60 years,” says Marjorie Comella, MAC President. “We are pleased to direct one of the MAC funds to support this significant part of the museum collection. We consider this to be lead gift and encourage the community to continue their support.”

“This is great news for the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing,” adds Cindy Halle, wife of the late Chisholm Halle. Chisholm Halle was the President of the Halle Brothers. Co. Department Store from 1966 to1973 and a trustee of the Western Reserve Historical Society. “This gem needs a leader. The Collection and Historical Society are deserving of a new chapter!”
The Chisholm Halle Costume Wing at the Western Reserve Historical Society, named for Chisholm Halle, houses 40,000 garments, quilts, and textiles from 1750 to the present. It ranks among the top ten collections of its kind in the United States. The collection is international in scope and contains both historic and contemporary designs, including mass-produced, ready-to-wear, couture and one-of-a-kind pieces.
The Western Reserve Historical Society is Cleveland’s oldest cultural institution. It was founded nearly 150 years ago, in 1867, to preserve and tell the story of Cleveland and the region. Today, WRHS engages the community through one of the country’s finest collections relating to the American experience.

“Preserving and providing greater access to our nationally ranked costume and textile collection is a top priority for this organization. We are indebted to the Museum Advisory Council for this generous gift that will allow WRHS to engage a professional curator to steward and interpret this collection,” explains Kelly Falcone-Hall, WRHS President & CEO.

The search for the Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costume and Textiles will open in Fall 2015. A full job description will be posted online at www.wrhs.org. Inquiries should be directed to WRHS Human Resources, info@wrhs.org.

Cleveland History Center Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 11th Annual Museum Day Live!

Free Admission on September 26, 2015, with a Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket

Cleveland History Center will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

Cleveland History Center is the premier storyteller of Northeast Ohio’s history. It’s mission is to inspire people to discover the American experience through the regional history in Northeast Ohio presented through its vast collections including the Bingham-Hanna & Hay-McKinney MansionsCrawford Auto Aviation MuseumEuclid Beach Park Grand CarouselIn Grand Style: Fashions from the 1870s to the 1930sKidzibits Hands-on GalleryResearch Library and more.

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available for download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

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Western Reserve Historical Society Announces The Release of Digital Repository

On the brink of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s 150th anniversary in 2017, one of Cleveland’s eldest museums makes their archives available to the public through a digital repository, Digital Cleveland History at digital.wrhs.org.

Holding more than twelve thousand images, periodicals and references, Digital Cleveland History has been an on-going project for the last five years, with hopes of making Cleveland’s rich past available to history enthusiasts and inquiring minds around the world.

Images from the WRHS Research Library have been used by varied audiences from students and authors to outlets gearing up for the 2016 Republican National Convention and producers of nationally syndicated shows. Such shows include Jeopardy (ABC) and Mysteries of the Museum (Travel Channel,) who utilize the library’s unique collection to expand their audience’s depth of Cleveland notables, events and landmarks.

“Western Reserve Historical Society strives to be the first stop for the discovery and exploration of Cleveland and the American experience.” says Kelly Falcone-Hall, WRHS President & CEO. “For the first time, the community is able to see our vast trove of manuscript collections 24/7. The new online catalog is both comprehensive and easy to use – a truly magnificent contribution to historical research.”
Guests of Digital Cleveland History are encouraged to utilize the digital repository for print and public use with permission from the museum. High resolution images are available upon request. For those interested in exploring content beyond Digital Cleveland History, contact the WRHS Research Library at 216-721-5722 x1509 or visit WRHS.org.

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Parking Lot Renovations to Begin at WRHS History Center

The transformation story continues at the History Center beginning May 1, 2015. With funds from the State of Ohio, and in partnership with Behnke Associates, Inc. and F. Buddie Contracting, WRHS will renovate the parking lot and exterior grounds leading to the Reinberger Plaza entrance at the History Center in University Circle. The improvements include a full facelift with improved access, new parking controls, and refreshed landscaping. This upgrade will improve guest access, safety and overall appearance of WRHS’s nearly 8-acre site in University Circle.

There will be a period during this process when access to the parking lot and the Reinberger entrance will be restricted. Limited accessible parking will be available at the half circle drive off East Blvd. Alternate parking can be found throughout University Circle and at the VA parking garage.

Guests are encouraged to consider taking advantage of the Circle Link shuttle transportation that circulates throughout Wade Oval.

DOWNLOAD A MAP OF SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION HERE. Here’s more information from Circle Link on using the shuttle:

Circle Link Bus Route
Runs every 23 minutes from 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and every 35 minutes from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Holiday hours may vary. Red Circles indicate shuttle stops along the route.

Commuter Shuttle
Scheduled every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, but not major holidays. Blue Circles indicate shuttle stops along the route.

The Heights a.m. loop runs 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday during the CWRU school year. No service is available on holidays or during breaks.

Evening Shuttle
Commuter shuttles run continuously from 5:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5:15 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday. The CWRU North Campus buses arrive at designated stops approximately every 20 minutes. The South Campus buses arrive approximately every 25 minutes. South Loop route is highlighted in blue; North Loop route is highlighted in orange. Each circle indicates a shuttle stop on the route.

UCRC Shuttle
The UCRC shuttle runs to the CWRU BioEnterprise building and along Cedar Avenue. It arrives at designated stops approximately every 25 minutes from 6:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, but not major holidays. Stops are made on an on-call basis for Ronald McDonald House.

For continued updates on the parking lot renovation, follow WRHS on Facebook and Twitter.

Bring Your Valuables to “Man Cave Trash or Treasure” April 11

Do you have valuables in your man cave? Have them appraised during Man Cave Trash or Treasure at WRHS History Center!
Appraisers available on-site for verbal valuations during one-day event April 11, 2015

Contact: Alyssa Purvis
apurvis@wrhs.org  –  (216) 721-5722 ext. 1407

CLEVELAND, OH – Have a shoebox of baseball cards? A signed jersey? Maybe even your grandfather’s military uniform? Considering bringing them to “Man Cave Trash or Treasure,”  a verbal appraisal event taking place on Saturday, April 11 at the WRHS History Center in University Circle.

Professional appraisers will be on-hand to provide verbal appraisals from 10 am to 4 pm. The History Center will remain open to the public until 5 pm. Visitors are welcome to bring up to 5 individual items or 2 collections (comic books, baseball cards, etc.) for verbal appraisals. In addition to the cost of admission ($10 adults, $5 children ages 3-12), each single item appraisal is $5 and each collection appraisal is $25. Items in the following categories will be accepted:

  • Sports memorabilia
  • Coins
  • Stamps
  • Militaria (no firearms, please)
  • Toys and comics
  • Trains

“We are thrilled to continue on with our signature appraisal day event this spring,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, WRHS President & CEO. “This year’s theme ties directly into the recently extended 1964: When Browns Town was Title Town exhibit, which featured great sports memorabilia and allowed us to entertain the idea of a ‘man cave’ event for its visitors. We hope attendees can find value in some of the items that they have had in their possession for years; it’s intriguing to think of the stories behind some of the items that might come through our doors at the History Center on April 11.”

This year’s annual event features appraisers from Fusco’s Auctions, Great Lakes Coin & Jewelry, Milestone Auctions, Quaker Square Comics, and CW Trains, LLC. Representatives from the Siegel & Shuster Society will also be on site to discuss the developments of a Superman statue planned for the lakefront. The group is dedicated to promoting Cleveland as the place where Superman was created as well as the hometown of the two men who made him a reality.

Last year’s event, which featured Wes Cowan and his team from Cowan’s Auctions, welcomed nearly 300 guests. Visitors planning to attend are encouraged to pre-register in advance, either online or by calling (216) 721-5722 ext. 1502. Those who have questions about the acceptability of their items should call that same number.

For further updates, follow WRHS on Facebook and Twitter.

WRHS Extends Browns Town Exhibit

MEDIA ALERT

Western Reserve Historical Society extends popular Browns exhibit through June 2015

Where: WRHS History Center in University Circle – 10825 East Boulevard

Contact: Alyssa Purvis, Marketing Manager, apurvis@wrhs.org or (216) 721-5722 ext. 1407


 

The Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) has announced that they will extend the popular 1964: When Browns Town was Title Town exhibit. The exhibit, which opened last September, will now be on display at the History Center through the end of June 2015.

“We’re excited to extend this great exhibit and keep celebrating the championship team of 1964,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, President & CEO of WRHS. “The great programming around this exhibit has given us the opportunity to reach new audiences and realize the need to keep it alive for the next few months as more visitors discover what WRHS has to offer. A very special thank you also goes out to the private collectors who generously extended the loan of their collections in order to make this exhibit extension possible.”

1964: When Browns Town was Title Town pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Browns championship team. A wide range of Browns memorabilia relating to the championship team is included in the exhibit, including artifacts from private collectors, the Cleveland Browns, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For more information on the exhibit, click here.

Western Reserve Historical Society Receives Second 4-Star Ranking

WRHS honored with 4-Star Ranking from Non-Profit Evaluator Charity Navigator

CLEVELAND, OH – For the second straight year, the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) was awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities.

WRHS is proud to be among this select group of high-performing charities earning the 4-star ranking. The ranking, which is given to only a quarter of the non-profits evaluated, is based on sound fiscal management, a commitment to accountability, and fiscal transparency.

“Supporters of the Western Reserve Historical Society should feel confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly since it has achieved such an outstanding ranking on these important financial metrics,” said Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator.

Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates.  The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

About Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org)

Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of roughly 5,500 mid-to-large sized charities that garner roughly 50% of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship). Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 201, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

 

“Spirit of Goodyear” Gondola to be Unveiled at WRHS

“Spirit of Goodyear” Gondola to be Unveiled in WRHS Setting the World in Motion Exhibit
Goodyear’s donation of the blimp passenger compartment will be unveiled at the WRHS History Center on February 25, 2015

CLEVELAND, OH – The Setting the World in Motion exhibit at the WRHS History Center will soon have a newcomer: the donated gondola from the Spirit of Goodyear blimp. The gondola’s unveiling will take place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the WRHS History Center.

The gondola, which is the pilot and passenger compartment of the blimp, will be placed next to the recently opened Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel in the exhibit. At 23 feet long and 3,400 pounds, the gondola is now one of the largest artifacts in the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum.

“The addition of this gondola to the Setting the World in Motion exhibit will allow us to continue telling a complete story of the innovators and entrepreneurs of Northeast Ohio’s transportation history,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, President and CEO of WRHS. “The deep ties to Northeast Ohio’s automobile and aviation industries created a natural partnership between WRHS and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.”

Built in 1982, the blimp gondola saw service on three airships, logging more than 41,000 hours of flight during its 31 year history. From 1982-1992, it was mounted on the blimp America based in Spring, Texas; from 1992-1999 it was on the Stars & Stripes in Pompano Beach, Florida; and from 2000-2014 it served the Spirit of Goodyear blimp in Suffield, Ohio. In 2014, the Spirit of Goodyear retired from airship service and received recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records as “The Longest Continuous Use for a Blimp.”

The gondola appeared over some of the world’s largest sporting events such as the Super Bowl in 1990, 1994 and 1995, Major League Baseball World Series games in 1982, 1983 & 1984, The Kentucky Derby, the Daytona 500, U.S. Open tennis and golf, NCAA football, including the Cotton Bowl in 1990, NCAA Final Four basketball and NFL games. In addition, well-known celebrities, such as David Letterman and astronaut Dr. Sally Ride, have flown in the gondola.

The Crawford Auto Aviation Museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society depicts the automobile various stages of development, both on a national and regional level. In includes over 140 antique automobiles, 21 non-car transportation artifacts (motorcycles, bicycles, and boats), 10 aircraft, and 3 carriages and sleighs. The Collection is enhanced further by the WRHS Automotive Marque Files, which include automobile brochures, owner’s manuals, advertisements, and more.

Its automobiles and artifacts are the centerpieces of two major exhibits at the WRHS History Center in University Circle: Setting the World in Motion and REVolution: The Automobile in America.

WRHS Library Makes Leo A. Jackson Papers Available

Judge Leo A. Jackson Papers Now Available to Researches in Western Reserve Historical Society Library
Project funded by the United Black Fund now complete

Contact: Alyssa Purvis
apurvis@wrhs.org  –  (216) 721-5722 ext. 1407

CLEVELAND, OH – The Western Reserve Historical Society’s Library is pleased to announce the availability of the Leo A. Jackson Papers. The papers have been fully processed, cataloged, and are now open for research. Funded by generous support of the United Black Fund, this collection is a significant addition to the rich tapestry of African American history available at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Serving Cleveland from the 1950s-1980s, Leo Albert Jackson (1920-1996) was an African American attorney, judge, and politician. A veteran who served in the U.S. Army, Jackson graduated from Morehouse College in 1943, and obtained a Master of Arts degree from Atlanta University in 1946.  He obtained his law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1950. In 1957, he was elected to Cleveland City Council as the Ward 24 representative. He served there until 1970.

This collection is important in its depiction of Jackson and his experience as an African American community leader and city official. Through the papers, researchers get a strong sense of the government and political climate of Cleveland from the late 1950s-1970. Areas of interest profiled by the collection include housing and zoning concerns, racial tensions, relations with the police, the Hough Riots, and unrest in Glenville (including the Glenville Shootout), as well as how politics in the city was affected by these types of issues.

Recent national events which have (from Cleveland, to New York, to Ferguson) ignited racial tensions and brought police practices into question can also be explored through this specific collection. Researchers can follow Jackson’s career as an African American councilman and see how he applied and interpreted his experiences as he became a judge on Ohio’s Eighth District Court of Appeals in 1970. A full description and inventory of the collections is available online.

Jackson served three consecutive terms on the district court, twice as chief judge, and had a special assignment to the Ohio Supreme Court. He was active in many community organizations in the Cleveland area and received numerous awards for this work. He retired from the bench in 1987. Later, Judge Jackson would collapsed at the County Court House, and be pronounced dead at Lutheran Hospital on April 19, 1996.

During his council career representing Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, Jackson fought for civil rights, introduced gun control legislation, and was dedicated to community development in his ward. He faced controversy on racial issues as a moderate African American who did not ally with the black power movement. He was also active in the county, city, and state Democratic parties and involved in various local issues like the Cuyahoga County Charter debate.

Library Director, Richard Shrake, notes, “We are proud to provide access to the Judge Leo A. Jackson papers. This collection is important both in understanding the significance of Jackson’s influence and in helping the African American Archives continue to depict the many facets and contributions of Black History in Northeastern Ohio.”

Established in 1970, the African American Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society are an ongoing initiative to collect, preserve, and make accessible materials that profile the African American experience in Northeast Ohio.

Celeste Terry, Director of Grants at the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland states, “The United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, Inc. is proud to have provided funding for archiving the papers of Judge Leo A. Jackson. Scholars, students and lovers of history will have access to documents that are historical, and that tell a narrative of the accomplishments of African Americans that shaped Cleveland. These archives chronicle the impact and influence their lives had on improving lives in the City of Cleveland. The African American Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society is an important resource and institution in this community. It preserves and makes available a collection that details the contributions of prominent African Americans that people can learn about for many years to come.“

New Publication on Cleveland Philanthropy Available FREE at WRHS

Newly Published Book, Five Generations: 175 Years of Love for Cleveland available for free at Western Reserve Historical Society

CLEVELAND, OH – Bob Gries, a retired venture capitalist and active philanthropist, recently added “Author” to his resume with Five Generations: 175 Years of Love for Cleveland. The recently completed book covers five generations of one family, and only includes those who spent their lives in Cleveland and made significant contributions to the city.

Generation One includes an immigrant who was the first Jewish settler in our city, had eleven children, and became a city councilman; Generation Two, an entrepreneur who created businesses and banks and saved the city from bankruptcy after the treasurer absconded the city’s funds; Generation Three, a Rabbi who entered college at age 13 and built the largest Sunday school in the world and a merchant who started and built May Company into the largest department store in the state; and Generation Four, founder of the Cleveland Rams and the Cleveland Browns football teams.

Copies of Five Generations: 175 Years of Love for Cleveland are available for no charge to the public at the WRHS History Center and in the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage’s Museum Store.

WRHS Appoints New Library Director

Western Reserve Historical Society Appoints New Library Director
Richard Shrake will oversee WRHS Research Library beginning in June 2014

Cleveland, OH— The Western Reserve Historical Society announced today that Richard Shrake will join the museum as the Director of the Research Library. Shrake, a native of Akron, Ohio, was most recently the Associate Librarian for Technical Services at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Shrake has been a Certified Archivist since 2005 and is an active member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, serving on both the Nominations Committee and the Exam Development Committee. As a member of the Society of American Archivists, he has presented several papers and conducted workshops for a number of industry conferences.

“Having Richard joining the WRHS staff will magnify the presence of the WRHS archives in the community as well as provide greater cohesion and direction to the important initiatives facing the library. Libraries are undergoing monumental changes, and having an experienced director steeped in ‘best standards’ of the industry will assure the preservation of the priceless material we hold in our archives and the growth of the library in the future,” says Kelly Falcone-Hall, Interim CEO at WRHS. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Richard at the helm of the Research Library at this critical juncture in digital innovation, preservation challenges, tight budgets, and meeting the priorities within our Strategic Plan.”

The WRHS Research Library is home to over 4 million photos, countless community history archives, genealogy resources, and collections that span local and national history. In one of its most recent projects, the Research Library made over 2,800 finding aids available online through OhioLINK. OhioLINK is an online repository that allows anyone with a computer to access the digitized collections within an institution’s auspices. To date, WRHS is the institution that has contributed the most digitized finding aids to OhioLINK.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with compelling collections and a dedicated staff while also getting to relocate to my hometown in Northeast Ohio,” said Shrake. “I am eager to become a part of WRHS’ legacy of encouraging discovery and understanding of the region’s history.”

Iconic Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel Open to Public

Iconic Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel Restored to Life at the Western Reserve Historical Society
Grand Carousel will be open and ready for riders on Sunday, November 23 at WRHS History Center in University Circle
Contact: Alyssa Purvis – apurvis@wrhs.org

CLEVELAND, OH – Euclid Beach Park was a longstanding Cleveland icon, attracting locals, visitors from afar, and even presidential candidates to the shores of Lake Erie to enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the nation’s best-known amusement centers. When the park closed in 1969, the Carousel’s long journey back to Cleveland began and this year, on November 23, the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel will operate once again at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s (WRHS) History Center in University Circle. Two rides are included with the cost of general admission: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 62+, and $5 for children ages 3-12. Each additional ride will cost $3 and can be purchased on-site. Admission can be purchased online in advance, but rides will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Everyone involved in the restoration of the Grand Carousel has worked so hard to bring the pieces of this truly iconic landmark back to Cleveland,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, President & CEO of WRHS. “The Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel will be the ultimate interactive exhibit and we are incredibly excited to have this piece of Cleveland’s history live on in the Carousel Pavilion at the History Center. The Carousel Pavilion, an all-weather glass addition that was designed specifically for the Carousel by Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects, Inc., is the ideal space to showcase the beauty and craftsmanship of the Carousel. To have what was known as the finest carousel ever made as part of the WRHS collections is an inclusion and responsibility we are proud to carry as the stewards of Northeast Ohio’s history.”

Built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1910, the Carousel that operated at Euclid Beach Park featured 58 hand-carved wooden horses, 54 of which still exist today and will be available to ride on the newly restored Carousel. In addition to the horses, visitors can experience rides on the Carousel in two chariots, one of which is a newly created chariot accessible to all and another that is original to the 1910 carousel. The second original chariot will be placed in the Carousel Pavilion as a photo opportunity for visitors. The restoration work on the Grand Carousel was done by Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio. Carousel Works is the largest manufacturer of wooden carousels in the world.

In June 2010, the relationship between The Cleveland Carousel Society, Euclid Beach Park Now, and WRHS was formed. The three institutions have been working together to fundraise and restore the Grand Carousel to its original splendor. The friends and supporters of the project will gather to experience its first turns on Saturday, November 22. More information about the Opening Celebration and continued sponsorship opportunities is available online. Tickets to the Opening Celebration are available to the public for purchase.

“The Western Reserve Historical Society is the perfect home for the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel,” said John Frato, President of Euclid Beach Park Now. “WRHS is the repository for all of the important pieces from Cleveland’s history and there is no doubt that the Carousel is one of those pieces. At the History Center, the Carousel will once again be able to provide memories to families who rode it at Euclid Beach Park and touch a new generation of riders well into the future.”