LGBT Exhibit Constructed in Honor of GG9

The Victory of Self Will Capture the Civil Rights Movement of Northeast Ohio’s LGBT Community

Exhibit being constructed in honor of the 9th Gay Games, coming to Cleveland August 9-16

Cleveland, OH— In San Francisco in 1982, Tom Waddell and 1,350 athletes from all over the world would make history in the most inspiring way in the first ever Gay Games. This year, the 9th Gay Games will come to Cleveland and to commemorate their arrival, the Western Reserve Historical Society will unveil a new exhibit, The Victory of Self: The LGBT Community in Northeast Ohio.

The exhibit will be on display during regular museum hours beginning July 20, 2014. General admission costs apply—however, WRHS is pleased to extend a $2 discount to all Gay Games participants who produce credentials upon entry.

Objects, banners, photographs, newspapers, video recordings, and more from the WRHS LGBT Archives will come together to provide the visual background for the exhibit and touch upon a variety of aspects of the LGBT community’s history from the pre-Stonewall period to the present. Each aspect will contribute to the broader narrative of the cultural and social infrastructure of the community. WRHS is a community partner of the 9th Gay Games.

“The true focus of this groundbreaking exhibit is to depict how the LGBT community of Northeast Ohio came together and became visible in their fight for equal rights, including today’s ongoing struggle for same-sex marriage,” said Dr. John Grabowski, Senior VP of Research and Publications at WRHS. “WRHS has a responsibility to preserve and tell the story of all of Northeast Ohio, and we are proud to continue doing so by displaying these important pieces of LGBT history. Our LGBT community archive project began in 1991 with the help of what is known today as the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. Our hope is that the participants of the Gay Games 9 will come out to University Circle and learn about the history of the movement in Cleveland while they are in town.”

WRHS appreciates the support of Liz Roccoforte and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Case Western Reserve University, Chris Rogers of Vision Video, and Phyllis Harris, Ryan Zymler and the staff at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland in making the implementation of this exhibit possible.

Access to the exhibit is free with the price of general admission to the WRHS History Center: $10 adults, $5 children ages 3-12, and free for WRHS members.

About the Gay Games

The Gay Games is an international sporting and cultural event held every four years under the founding principles of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best™. Launched in 1982, the Games invite participation from everybody regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or health status.

The Games are intended to bring a global community together in friendship, to experience participation, to elevate consciousness and self-esteem, and to achieve a form of cultural and intellectual synergy. The Gay Games is open to anyone 18 years or older. About 10 percent of participants are from outside the LGBT community.

About the Western Reserve Historical Society

The Western Reserve Historical Society is the premier center for collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Northeast Ohio.  As a testament to its financial solidarity, the organization has received the coveted four-star ranking from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. WRHS received a 70 out of 70 on “Accountability and Transparency” from the evaluation service, acknowledging the highest levels of financial stewardship and professionalism.

The History Center is located in Cleveland’s University Circle at 10825 East Boulevard. Museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, Noon to 5 pm. Admission is $10/adult, $9/senior 62+, and $5/child age 3-12. The Research Library is open Thursday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Western Reserve Historical Society members and children two years and under are admitted free of charge. Group rates are available. The History Center is handicap accessible, with an elevator providing access to various levels of the museum.

Hale Farm & Village Civil War Reenactment will Feature the Third Battle of Winchester

BATH, Ohio— Imagine an open field flanked by woods suddenly full of clashing soldiers, cavalry horses, and clouds of smoke. The Third Battle of Winchester, which took place in the Shenandoah Valley in September of 1864, will be re-created for visitors at the 26th annual Hale Farm & Village Civil War Reenactment. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, with the battle beginning at 2:00 pm each day.

“Each summer we welcome thousands of spectators and reenactors to Hale Farm & Village for the Civil War Reenactment event,” said Jason Klein, site manager at Hale Farm. “We like to take a deep look at how we can keep the event exciting and engaging for our visitors, staff, and the reenactors who take part in it each year. So each year the battle and the staging of it evolves. This is a unique feature in reenactments and we know that our visitors –and the reenactors themselves—appreciate that it is more work, but it’s a new insight to a piece of history. So that makes for a better experience. The Battle of Winchester took place in the Shenandoah Valley, parts of which look almost exactly like the backdrop here at Hale Farm & Village in the Cuyahoga Valley.” A YouTube video conveys the excitement of the battle which was held last year.

Suttlers Row, lined with merchandise and vendors from the Civil War era, will be back this year. Visitors can choose from a variety of different items; Civil War-themed books, vintage photos, clothing, and more. On both sides of the site, encampments for the Confederate and Union armies will be constructed, allowing visitors to interact with reenactors in character of the era. Visitors can ask about how the war is going or what they are going to have for dinner and the reenactors will answer from the period of the Third Battle of Winchester in 1864.

“The interaction with the reenactors on-site is an up close and personal educational opportunity. And, although there is a large crowd, this is a huge space. There are plenty of opportunities for a personal chat with a reenactor—and they welcome that. They love history and they want to share what life was like during the Civil War” said Klein. “Last year we had over 700 reenactors from all over the country depicting aspects of life during the Civil War from various perspectives. You won’t see a reenactor with a cell phone or any modern clothing in either of the encampments, which makes the experience genuine and realistic for everyone in attendance.”

Advance tickets for the Civil War Reenactment are available online. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for WRHS members and children under the age of 2. For a glimpse into the Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment, watch this YouTube video. There is ample parking at the site and there is a drop off lane to bring people to the front door for guests with limited mobility. The site can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Many paths that lead away from the Gatehouse are gravel, so please anticipate this type of terrain. The Gatehouse has handicap accessible rest rooms and visitors can see the battle from an accessible area outside the Gatehouse.

May Centennial Gift: Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval

CLEVELAND (May 5, 2014) – Following record-breaking attendance at Cleveland Metroparks
Zoo as part of its April centennial gift, the Cleveland Foundation announced today that its May
gift to the community – Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval – will celebrate the longtime
support the foundation has provided to four cultural institutions in University Circle: Cleveland
Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and
Western Reserve Historical Society. May 24 will be the first free Saturday ever for all four Wade
Oval institutions, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are pleased that our May centennial gift to the community will make the first-class
institutions on Wade Oval available to all Greater Clevelanders,” said Robert E. Eckardt,
executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation. “This concentration of cultural institutions
is unmatched anywhere in the world. As part of Memorial Day weekend festivities, we invite the
community to take advantage of this cultural heart of our city.”

Each institution is offering something unique to visitors on Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade
Oval, in recognition of the nearly $50 million in collective support the foundation has provided
them throughout the past 100 years.

Because the Cleveland Museum of Art always offers free admission, the Cleveland Foundation
has made it possible for the museum to offer a special gift on May 24: all available public tickets
to the Van Gogh Repetitions exhibition will be free for the first 500 visitors. The special
exhibition is scheduled to close on May 25.

“The Cleveland Museum of Art is delighted to be among the great institutions included in
Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval,” said Fred Bidwell, interim director of the Cleveland
Museum of Art. “The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Foundation have a long and
rich history of collaboration, working to give back to the community. The museum is committed
to meaningful community engagement, and we are grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for its
significant support of our efforts.”

Cleveland Botanical Garden will debut its highly anticipated Nature Connects exhibit, which
will feature 14 LEGO brick sculptures depicting plants and animals.

“This will be the first time the Botanical Garden is able to offer free admission on the opening
day of a major attraction, and it’s thanks to our longtime partner, the Cleveland Foundation,”
said President Natalie Ronayne. “We celebrate the foundation’s generosity to the Garden and the
impact its support enables us to achieve in our community.”

As part of the Cleveland Foundation gift, free admission to the Cleveland Museum of Natural
History will include free entry to Shafran Planetarium for the first time ever.

“The Cleveland Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Museum, especially our
education and science initiatives, and we are honored and delighted to be part of this historic
celebration of Cleveland’s legendary cultural district on Wade Oval,” said Dr. Evalyn Gates,
executive director and CEO. “The Cleveland Foundation’s gift to the community has allowed us
to open a window into the universe through free admission to the Shafran Planetarium, and to
invite the community to explore science and nature – past, present and future!”

For Cleveland Foundation Day, the Western Reserve Historical Society has extended its popular
Dior & More – For the Love of Fashion exhibit through May 25. WRHS will have curators and
experts available in the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection, as well as in other exhibits. Tour
guides in the Hay-McKinney House and the Research Library will answer questions from

“Our mission includes sharing the history of Northeast Ohio with the public. This wonderful
opportunity provided by the Cleveland Foundation means we will be sharing with many more
people than we normally see in a day,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, interim CEO. “We hold in our
archives the papers of the Cleveland Foundation, so we will select a number of beautiful
examples from the early days of the foundation for the public to view in our Research Library.”

On May 24, University Circle Inc. will offer free shuttle service between the Wade Oval
institutions and to/from both Louis Stokes VA Medical Center garages (the patient garage on
Magnolia Drive and the employee garage on E. 105th Street), which will be free to Cleveland
Foundation Day visitors. Traffic will be rerouted in one direction around the Oval to help with
flow. Visitors are being encouraged to carpool or take the RTA’s HealthLine to the Adelbert
Road or Ford Road station. For more information, go to For more details on Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval, visit

Many Greater Clevelanders have taken advantage of the foundation’s previous “Cleveland
Foundation Day” gifts to the community. Cleveland Foundation Day on the RTA on Jan. 16 led
to a 25 percent increase overall on RTA buses and trains. Cleveland Foundation Weekend on
North Coast Harbor on Feb. 22 and 23 brought a record 16,450 visitors to Great Lakes Science
Center, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 8,000 visitors represented a 500
percent increase over a typical Sunday. March’s Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland
International Film Festival drew the biggest Monday audience in the Festival’s 37-year history,
with nearly 8,000 attendees. April’s Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
drew a record-breaking 35,700 visitors.

Are You ‘In Fashion’? Celebrate Fashion with WRHS!

CLEVELAND, OH – The Western Reserve Historical Society has a soft spot for fashion. It is apparent from its extensive costume and textile collection, which is comprised of more than 30,000 items from three centuries. On May 10, WRHS will highlight their collection as well as the Cleveland fashion community with the events of In Fashion. The day will feature a Tailored & Trendy Tea, a Trunk Show, and an exclusive look at pieces from the next exhibit in the Chisolm Halle Costume Wing: In Grand Style.

To start the day, visitors are invited to enjoy a Tailored & Trendy Tea in the splendor of the Hay-McKinney House. The tea begins at 10:30 am and will include light sandwiches, pastries, coffee, and tea. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress in the spirit of the program. This portion of the day’s events does require reservations in advance. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 per child age 3-12, or $20 per member adult. Tickets can be purchased online at After tea, guests can shop a Trunk Show in the Reinberger Gallery before or after they take advantage of one of the last weekends to view Dior & More – For the Love of Fashion, which closes May 24, 2014.

The Trunk Show will be an all-day event featuring local boutiques, designers, and artisans. Each vendor will be set up to display and sell their merchandise. Committed vendors include Beau Monde Vintage, Elizabeth Vilkas Design, Quilted Cat Designs, Washed Ashore Jewelry, Noto Akron, Simply Silver, and What a Great Hat. Additionally, the museum store will be featuring vintage jewelry, items from Cleveland Clothing, Inc., and a sale on Dior & More-related merchandise. Members of VIVA, a group specializing in vintage fashion shows, will also be modeling fashions from the 20th century, allowing you to imagine yourself riding in style in a classic car from the WRHS collection.

During “Off the Rack” at 1:00 pm, Dior & More – For the Love of Fashion guest curator Susan Neill will give an exclusive preview of the In Grand Style exhibit slated to open in November 2014. Neill, who will also guest curate In Grand Style, is an independent curator and museum consultant based in Chicago. Attendees will get an up close and personal look at select items from the WRHS costume and textile collection that embody the opulent lifestyles of high-society Clevelanders from the Gilded Age and Edwardian era through the 1920s. Although this program is included with general admission to the History Center, space is limited.

Media Contact: Alyssa Purvis, 
(216) 721-5722 ext. 1407

Reenacting Community to be Honored at 6th Annual Legacy Award Benefit

BATH, Ohio – The Civil War Reenactment and Encampment that takes place at Hale Farm & Village attracts hundreds of reenactors each year. At this year’s Legacy Award Benefit, a fundraising gala, two groups of reenactors, the Army of the Ohio and the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, will take on a slightly different role as they receive recognition for being an integral part of the Civil War Reenactment event.

The 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry is one of the largest mounted cavalry reenacting units in the country. It is respected for its authenticity and historical knowledge of cavalry drill, tactics and dress. Participants come from as far away as Vermont, Wyoming and Arizona to ride with the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.

“The cavalry adds scale to the battle and to the sense of authenticity. Horses are no longer common sights in the 21st century, so the horses thundering through the fields help create the drama of the battle. And, the Army of the Ohio is the very buttoned down team that makes
everything on the battlefield run like a well-oiled machine. We obviously couldn’t recreate the battles of the Civil War without the reenactors, so we felt it was time to honor these stars of the event,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, Interim CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

The Legacy Award Benefit will take place on Saturday, May 17 at Hale Farm & Village. The spirit of the Civil War will carry throughout the event, with an encampment staged by reenactors in the fields beyond the Gatehouse and Civil War era artifacts on display for attendees to view.
Additionally, a live band will provide entertainment for guests as they enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’ouevres throughout the evening.

“The reenacting community allows us to further our mission of Hale. The reenactors connect with children and adults adding to the power of the experience and the context of our artisans and interpreters in the 32 historic buildings on the grounds,” said Falcone-Hall. “We are honored
and delighted to have their leadership, passion, and love for American history on display during the event each year. Presenting these two reenactor groups with the Legacy Award during the Civil War’s sesquicentennial gives us the perfect stage to highlight the significance of their
involvement with Hale Farm’s annual reenactment, and very importantly, to thank them.”

The VIP Patron Party will begin at 6:00 pm and continue until the start of the award ceremony and main event at 7:00 pm. The Patron Party includes an exclusive cocktail preview hour with Civil War reenactor colonels and captains. Tickets to this exclusive part of the evening are $125 per person. Tickets to the Main Event, which begins at 7:00 pm, are $75 per person. Legacy Award Benefit tickets van be purchased online at or by phone at (330) 666-3711 ext. 1708. Proceeds from the event will support Hale Farm & Village.

Young Historians Living Histories Video to Debut at CAAMFest

Contact: Alyssa Purvis,
(216) 721-5722 ext. 1407

CLEVELAND, OH — In Fall of 2013, the Western Reserve Historical Society and the locally founded Asian Indian Heritage Project which serves Northeast Ohio, embarked on Young Historians, Living Histories. The project, funded through a grant from the Smithsonian Institution’s Youth Access Program, is a national project engaging under-served Asian Pacific American youth to deepen their understanding and appreciation of their history by conduction oral histories and film documentaries. The Western Reserve Historical Society brought together six local students in an effort to capture and record the oral histories of members of the Cleveland Asian Indian community. Over the course of three months, the students interviewed individuals and couples from the community and in January 2014, completed the creation of a six-minute video from the interview footage.

The video, which the students created and edited themselves, will premiere nationally on March 15 at CAAMFest 2014, a film festival produced by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

“The students who worked on this project did an outstanding job capturing the oral histories of those in their community,” says Dr. John Grabowski, Senior VP for Research and Publications at WRHS, who led the project at WRHS. “The experience was enlightening for all involved, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team we assembled. The premiere at CAAMFest is a great celebration of the hard work that was done.”

The festival, which will take place in San Francisco, is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting about 130 works. Since 1982, the CAAMFest has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema. The Cleveland film is one of nine produced by those who worked on the Young Historians, Living Histories program at sites throughout the United States.

WRHS began its involvement in the program after being chosen as one of nine Smithsonian Affiliate partners for the project. With those funds, WRHS was able to purchase video equipment used for the project and provide modest stipends to the students involved in the project. The selection process for both the students and interviewees began shortly after, with constructive and insightful input from AIHP and the Asian Indian community. The student videographers/Interviewers were: Aekta Chowksey, Debolina Ghosh, Pranav Idnany, Krish Lamba, Trisha Roy, and Shivani Yerigeri. The video editors were: Debolina Ghosh and Krish Lamba. The Interviewees were: Dr. Ranajit Datta, Dr. Ivan Tewarson, R. Balasubramaniam, Dr. Elizabeth Balraj and Mr. Winfred Balraj, Dr. Shanta Kampani and Mr. Surinder Kampani, and Dr. Saroj Aggarwal and Mr. Shiv Aggarwal. Two students and one AIHP representative will represent the group and introduce the final video for its world premiere at CAAMFest.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access manages the Youth Access Grants program. The project is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Smithsonian Affiliations, and the Center for Asian American Media. The goal of the program is to encourage young historians to explore and better understand the history and culture of the Asian American experience while at the same time, learning to utilize new technologies.

What’s it worth? Find out at Antiques Appraisal Day with Wes Cowan

CLEVELAND, OH – From Bakelite jewelry, to dusty bikes or political posters, every day, regular people are discovering value in something they found around the house. On Saturday, April 26, The Western Reserve Historical Society presents Antique Appraisal Day with Wes Cowan. As experts in American antiques and collectibles, the Ohio-based team of appraisers from Cowan’s Auctions will evaluate books, manuscripts, photographs, decorative arts, paintings, political ephemera, and jewelry.

“Sometimes the value of an object can exceed expectations. The anticipation is part of the fun. When you come to Antiques Appraisal Day on April 26, you not only get an appraisal, but admission to the History Center. So whether you end up thrilled with the value of your item or not, you are welcome to tour our other exhibits, or to shop in our beautiful Museum Store,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, Interim CEO, Western Reserve Historical Society.

Appraisals for WRHS Members begin at 9:00 a.m., with $5 for first item and $10 for the second. For the general public, appraisals will start at 10:00 a.m. with $15 for first item and $10 for second. There is a limit of two hand-carried items per person. Appraisals will take place on a first-come, first-served basis so guests are advised to arrive as early as possible. Admission can be secured online in advance of the April 26 event.

Wes Cowan, founder, owner, and principal auctioneer of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio, travels all over the country appraising heirlooms on the PBS show Antiques Roadshow and digging up clues on the hit show History Detectives, also on PBS. Appraisers from Cowan’s Auctions will also be present at the event, and include Diane Wachs, Graydon Sikes, and Brad Wanstrath.

“Trends change as to what we see at appraisal events,” said Wes Cowan. “There is a renewed interest in ‘mid-century’ items. We see more decorative arts, posters, and jewelry now from that period than we have in the past. There is a market for it.” He continued, “We are in the process of opening an office in the Cleveland area. This is a big step for us. This will be our first office beyond our Cincinnati office. We are looking forward to this Antique Appraisal Day event to reacquaint ourselves with many friends and clients in the Cleveland-area. And, if you haven’t met our team yet, we encourage you to bring a couple of items of yours that you are curious about to the History Center on Saturday, April 26.”

Schedule and pricing:
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Exclusively for WRHS Members:
$5 for first item; $10 for second item. Limit two items

10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
General Admission, including members:
$15 for first item; $10 for second item. Limit two items

Parking is available in the lot off Magnolia Drive. A Special Event parking fee of $8.00 is in effect. There is additional limited street parking.

The Western Reserve Historical Society History Center is located in Cleveland’s University Circle at 10825 East Boulevard. Museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday, Noon – 5:00pm. Western Reserve Historical Society members and children two and under are free of charge. The research library is open Thursday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $10 and $5 for children 3-12. Group rates are available. Parking lot fees are paid at the admission desk during museum hours.