Virtual Tours | Carl & Louis Stokes: Making History

Virtual Tours | Carl & Louis Stokes: Making History

Immerse yourself in the stories and lives of Northeast Ohio’s past and present heroes when you sign up for CHC’s live Zoom presentation and walkthrough of Carl & Louis Stokes: Making History, an exhibit that honors Mayor Carl B. Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes.

In this free program, guests are invited to explore the exhibit in a guided virtual tour, where we will be discussing the political careers of Carl and Louis Stokes in light of broader issues of African-American and American urban history. While the exhibit celebrates the achievements of Carl and Louis Stokes, it also uses their experiences to reflect on and explore topics such as the Civil Rights Movement, social and economic disparity and the rise and importance of heroes and exemplars.

Tours will be held at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Admission is free, but registration is required in order to access the Zoom link. You may register and select your tour time below.

About Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at WRHS

Every year, the Cleveland History Center (CHC), headquarters of the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS), commemorates and celebrates the history, spirit, and life of one of America’s greatest heroes of social justice and equality – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the CHC continues it’s commitment by creating a unique online Martin Luther King, Jr. Day experience. Enjoy this curated collection of free digital programs, activities, and content you can safely explore from home! Click here to learn more.

Speaking of Cleveland | Italian American Life in Cleveland

Speaking of Cleveland | Italian American Life in Cleveland

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 Cleveland’s past. Pulled directly from the nationally recognized collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society, these stories showcase the innovation, the grit and the pride that characterize Cleveland’s past, present and future.

This Month’s Program

Today, Cleveland is home to a vibrant Italian American community that has grown over decades of immigration. Explore Italian immigration to the city from the late 19th Century through the present day, with a focus on life in the Italian neighborhoods.

Registration

Price: $15 general admission / $10 WRHS member admission

You may register using the options below. This event will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join the course, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.

Speaking of Cleveland | Ghosts of Christmas Past

Speaking of Cleveland | Ghosts of Christmas Past

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 Cleveland’s past. Pulled directly from the nationally recognized collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society, these stories showcase the innovation, the grit and the pride that characterize Cleveland’s past, present and future.

This Month’s Program

Enjoy a true Victorian holiday season and explore the ghosts and folklore that shaped 19th Century holidays in Cleveland. Whether you view them as creepy superstitions or tales with hidden wisdom, these stories are made to entertain and will leave you looking at holiday traditions in a whole new way.

Registration

Price: $15 general admission / $10 WRHS member admission

You may register using the options below. This event will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join the course, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.

Cleveland Civics History Series | Women & Philanthropy: The Monied Women of Cleveland and Their Impact

Women and Philanthropy: The Monied Women of Cleveland and Their Impact

Presenter: Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University

Date: Thursday, December 3

Time: 7:00 pm

About the Event: This talk will examine the role of the Wade family women and their milieu in shaping the culture of philanthropy and the Settlement Movement in late nineteenth century Cleveland.

The Cleveland Civics History Series is sponsored by the Cleveland History Center, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University, and the League of Women Voters – Greater Cleveland.

Cleveland Civics History Series | The City on the Hill: Tom L. Johnson and the Mayors Influenced by Henry George

The City on the Hill: Tom L. Johnson and the Mayors Influenced by Henry George

Presenter: Dr. Alexandra W. Lough, author of The Last Tax: Henry George and the Social Politics of Land Reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Date: Thursday, November 19

Time: 7:00 pm

About the Event:Cleveland during the period of Mayor Tom L. Johnson (1901-1909) was considered by many to be one of the best governed cities in the nation. But Johnson was just one of several mayors who were followers of the 19th century political economist and social reformer Henry George. Dr. Alexandra Lough will explain how the teachings of Henry George influenced Tom L. Johnson’s mayoralty in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Civics History Series is sponsored by the Cleveland History Center, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University, and the League of Women Voters – Greater Cleveland.

Speaking of Cleveland | Ohio’s Presidential Past

Speaking of Cleveland | Ohio’s Presidential Past

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 Cleveland’s past. Pulled directly from the nationally recognized collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society, these stories showcase the innovation, the grit and the pride that characterize Cleveland’s past, present and future.

This Month’s Program

Ohio is sometimes called the Mother of Presidents, and it is claimed that the state has produced more U.S. presidents than any other state. Join Chief Curator Eric Rivet to learn about the truth behind this claim and to hear stories about the men from Ohio that have held the nation’s highest elected office.

Registration

Price: $15 general admission / $10 WRHS member admission

You may register using the options below. This event will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join the course, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.

Speaking of Cleveland | Eliot Ness & the Torso Murders

Speaking of Cleveland | Eliot Ness & the Torso Murders

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 Cleveland’s past. Pulled directly from the nationally recognized collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society, these stories showcase the innovation, the grit and the pride that characterize Cleveland’s past, present and future.

This Month’s Program

While acting as Cleveland’s Safety Director, Eliot Ness made great improvements in our infrastructure that created a lasting legacy for the city. However, in these same years, Ness would come head-to-head with a series of heinous crimes – the Torso Murders. Explore the famous case that is still considered unsolved to this day, and learn about the Cleveland of Eliot Ness.

Registration

Price: $15 general admission / $10 WRHS member admission

You may register using the options below. This event will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join the course, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.

Cleveland Civics History Series | The Mike White Years by the Journalists Who Covered Him

The Mike White Years by the Journalists Who Covered Him

Panel: Brent Larkin, Cleveland Plain Dealer; Tom Beres, WKYC-TV (retired); Leon Bibb, WKYC-TV, WEWS-TV (retired); moderated by Mark Naymik, WKYC Channel 3 – Cleveland

Date: Wednesday, October 21

Time: 7:00 pm

About the Event:The 1990s in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio were molded by 3-term Mayor Michael R. White (1990-2002). Changes to the Cleveland Public Schools, Gateway stadium (and stadiums in general), the Browns, the airport, and many other decisions were made that are impacting the region to this day. Hear from the journalists who covered Mayor White as they look back 20 years later.

The Cleveland Civics History Series is sponsored by the Cleveland History Center, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University, and the League of Women Voters – Greater Cleveland.

Cleveland Civics History Series | Deconstructing the Rockefeller Myth: A Cleveland Perspective

Deconstructing the Rockefeller Myth: A Cleveland Perspective

Presenter: Dr. John J. Grabowski, Senior Vice President of Research & Publications, Western Reserve Historical Society, and Krieger Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History, Case Western Reserve University

Date: Wednesday, October 7

Time: 7:00 pm

About the Event: John D. Rockefeller. Did he forget Cleveland? Dr. Grabowski will talk about the various long held beliefs held by many Clevelanders about John D. Rockefeller and whether they are based in truth.

The Cleveland Civics History Series is sponsored by the Cleveland History Center, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University, and the League of Women Voters – Greater Cleveland.

Virtual Italian Language Lessons Begin – Fall 2020

The Cleveland History Center is taking its Italian Language Class series online! This series of basic Italian Language Classes will be taught by Serena Scaiola, a native speaker of Italian with many years of teaching experience at all levels in several local universities.

Beginner Italian: This 8-week, Saturday morning course is designed for individuals with no previous knowledge of Italian, or for those who were exposed to the Italian spoken language but need to refresh. It is intended to give basic skills in reading, listening and speaking, with a focus on developing comprehension and communication skills. The fundamental elements of grammar, phonetics, and syntax will be introduced by using a functional situation approach. A part of each lesson will be dedicated to real situation exercises, grammar drills and consolidation of the material, deepening of concepts through cultural readings, conversations, role games, listening, and reading exercises. No matter what the motivation is – personal interest, upcoming travels or researching your genealogy – learning Italian will make any experience much more fun and engaging!

Intermediate Italian: This 8-week, Thursday morning course is designed for individuals with previous exposure to Italian language, those who want to brush up on their skills, intermediate level speakers and/or returning students with previous experiences at the Beginner level.  These classes will build on the concepts taught in the Beginner level, and will utilize many of the same learning tools and strategies, while gradually introducing new elements of the language. (May be taken simultaneously with the Beginner level class, or the Advanced level class.)

Advanced Italian: This 8-week, Saturday afternoon course is designed for individuals who have already taken Beginner Italian, or have a very basic knowledge of Italian language.  These classes will build on the concepts taught in the Beginner level and will utilize many of the same learning tools and strategies.

DATES & TIMES:

Beginner I: Saturdays, September 26 – November 14, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

Intermediate: Thursdays, October 1 – November 19, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

Advanced: Saturdays, September 26 – November 14, 2020 | 12:00-1:30pm

LOCATION: This course is online only and will be delivered via Skype. After you register, your instructor will send instructions on how to join the class virtually.

SUGGESTED MATERIALS: Italian Grammar (Quickstudy: Academic) by Inc. BarCharts; Italian Verb Conjugation Card (Foreign Language Verb Conjugation Cards) by Marcel Danesi. Both available on Amazon.

Registration for this course is now open! Please see below to register.

Cleveland Civics History Series | The Long Arc of Justice and the Beloved Community

The Long Arc of Justice and the Beloved Community: Courage and Resilience in Black Women’s Struggle for Universal Voting Rights and Political Power

Presenter: Joy Bostic, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies and Founding Director for the African and African American Studies Program, Case Western Reserve University

Date: Wednesday, September 23

Time: 7:00 pm

About the Event: This talk will delve into the core values and organizing strategies Black women use locally and nationally in the struggle for inclusive voting rights in the United States.

The Cleveland Civics History Series is sponsored by the Cleveland History Center, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University, and the League of Women Voters – Greater Cleveland. Made possible with a generous donation from Lin Emmons.

Online Course Begins – Cleveland: Many Peoples, One City

This course has been postponed. Please check back soon for an updated schedule.

Course Information

Title: Cleveland: Many Peoples, One City

Course Description:

We came to Cleveland as immigrants from foreign countries and migrants from other parts of the United States, often to search for work but also to escape oppressive conditions elsewhere or to reunite with families.

We settled here to raise our families and pursue our careers, and we came to call Northeast Ohio home. Yet while we have found common ground, we also celebrate our differences and remember our connections to the homes of our ancestors. This course will examine the diverse ethnic and religious communities of our region with special attention to the inter-racial and inter-ethnic relationships that have both shaped our community and hindered its development.

Students will examine the histories of the migrants to the region and their efforts to build organizations to serve their social, cultural, and political needs while fitting in to the community around them. The mutual aid organizations and cultural societies founded in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to meet the needs of Cleveland’s new residents fostered a separation from the larger community even as they encouraged integration into an American society made up of a bewilderingly diverse array of immigrants. While greater Cleveland is a diverse community, the region’s continued racial and ethnic segregation presents difficult challenges to future development. Students will consider both what unites us as residents of Northeast Ohio and also what divides us, using the events of the past as a guide to understand the present moment. The goal is to learn more about our neighbors.

Note: Any readings recommended for this course are suggested but not required. This course will not involve any written assignments.

Schedule: TBD

Time: 12:00-1:30pm (a brief break will be included)

Instructor: Sean Martin, PhD, Associate Curator of Jewish History

Pricing:

Course Registration | $75

WRHS Member Registration | $65

How to Register:

To register, please see below. This course will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join the course, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.

Common Ground Virtual Discussion: Women & Politics

Common Ground Virtual Discussion: Women and Politics

​The Western Reserve Historical Society is proud to once again be a part of Common Ground, the Cleveland Foundation’s community-wide initiative to inspire connection, build community, and create positive change. This year, we will be presenting a virtual Fred Walk program based on our new exhibit, Women & Politics​, where guests will first learn about the historic struggle for voting rights and then discuss the issues faced by voters today.

Be among the first to get a sneak peek of the brand-new virtual version of our upcoming exhibit, Women & Politics, as our experts guide you through the story of women’s empowerment, from the early days of the suffragist movement to the election of northern Ohio women to positions of power on the local, state and national levels.​ After a brief introduction, participants will be split into one of three groups, where you will dive deeper into parts of our virtual exhibit to answer a thought-provoking discussion question with your group. Finally, you will come back together to share what you have learned and explore the resources available to those wishing to make change within their community. Sign up for FREE here.

Registration is free but required. To register, click here​. This event will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.

Online Course Begins – Golden Doors & Border Walls: An Overview of Immigration to the United States

Course Information

Title: Golden Doors & Border Walls: An Overview of Immigration to the United States

Course Description:

We often refer to ourselves as a “nation of immigrants,” yet the question of who should come to America and who is capable of becoming an “American” has often clouded that more hopeful characterization of our nation.

This six-session course will examine the history of immigration and migration to what is now the United States from the time of the first peoples to the present. Students will examine the shifting patterns of global immigration and migration to North America, and particularly Northeast Ohio, over time and examine, in detail, the historical issues and events that created those patterns. Central to this examination will be a focus on the evolution of laws and policies, both within and outside of the U.S., that sought to regulate or stop the flow of immigrants and which also challenged the right of those already in the U.S. to become citizens.

Xenophobia, the fear of the stranger, has been ever present in this history. How and why it occurred at different times is central to understanding American immigration history. Equally present over time was the conception of the United States as a “refuge” – a place welcoming all who sought safety, liberty, and opportunity. One session of the course will be fully devoted to the way we have come to remember and to celebrate this aspect of the national experience. The core purpose of this course is to challenge the participant to consider whether this concept reflects reality – either then or now.

Note: Readings for this course are suggested but not required. This course will not involve any written assignments.

Schedule: Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, and 30; Aug. 6 and 13

Time: 12:00-1:30pm (a brief break will be included)

Instructor: John Grabowski, PhD, WRHS Senior Vice President of Research & Publications and Krieger Mueller Historian

Pricing:

Course Registration | $75

WRHS Member Registration | $65

How to Register:

To register, please see below. This course will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join the course, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.

Virtual Book Discussion | Cleveland A to Z

Virtual Book Discussion | Cleveland A to Z

Join WRHS Senior Vice President of Research and Publications and Kreiger Mueller Historian John Grabowski for a discussion of his book, Cleveland A to Z, a very different guide to Cleveland.

Cleveland A to Z is not a typical city guide. Rather than concentrating solely on the usual topics —landmarks, restaurants, shopping, and notable facts — this guide touches on deeper themes related to Cleveland’s people, places, stories, and events. Dr. Grabowski will provide a sampling of the 72 articles in the book that examine the city’s rich history, while also hinting at the issues, attitudes, and even the quirks that define Cleveland’s character. Cleveland A to Z is an ideal entry point for a fuller exploration of the city’s history.

Get ready for the discussion by purchasing a copy of Cleveland A to Z at our Online Museum Store!

How to Register

Registration for this event is free but required. To reserve your spot, click below. This event will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.

This event is presented in partnership with Canalway Partners as part of Cleveland History Days. For more information on Cleveland History Days, click here.

 

Virtual Lecture | A Collector’s Tale: Memorabilia of the American Women’s Suffrage Movement

A Collector’s Tale: Memorabilia of the American Women’s Suffrage Movement

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020 | 2:00pm

Format: Zoom

About This Program

Angela Clark-Taylor, PhD, Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, will utilize artifacts and ephemera from the American Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Anti-Suffrage Movement to provide a brief history of women’s suffrage and the memorabilia suffragists created to develop a mainstream market appeal for their movement to the American people. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Registration is required in order to access the Zoom link. To register, click here.

This program has been made possible by a generous donation from Lin Emmons. Cosponsored by Case Western Reserve University Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, and the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Virtual Italian Language Lessons Begin

The Cleveland History Center is taking its Italian Language Class series online! This series of basic Italian Language Classes will be taught by Serena Scaiola, a native speaker of Italian with many years of teaching experience at all levels in several local universities.

Beginner Italian: This 8-week, Saturday-morning course is designed for individuals with no previous knowledge of Italian, or for those who were exposed to the Italian spoken language but need to refresh. It is intended to give basic skills in reading, listening and speaking, with a focus on developing comprehension and communication skills. The fundamental elements of grammar, phonetics, and syntax will be introduced by using a functional situation approach. A part of each lesson will be dedicated to real situation exercises, grammar drills and consolidation of the material, deepening of concepts through cultural readings, conversations, role games, listening, and reading exercises. No matter what the motivation is – personal interest, upcoming travels or researching your genealogy – learning Italian will make any experience much more fun and engaging!

Advanced Italian: This 8-week, Saturday-afternoon course is designed for individuals who have already taken Beginner I Italian, or have a very basic knowledge of Italian language.  These classes will build on the concepts taught in Beginner I and will utilize many of the same learning tools and strategies.

DATES & TIMES:

Beginner Italian: Saturdays, June 27 – Aug. 22 | 10:00-11:30am

Advanced Italian: Saturdays, June 27 – Aug. 22 | 12:00-1:30pm

NOTE: Classes will not meet on Sat., July 4.

COST: $120.00 | WRHS members $100.00

LOCATION: This course is online only and will be delivered via Skype. After you register, your instructor will send instructions on how to join the class virtually.

SUGGESTED MATERIALS: Italian Grammar (Quickstudy: Academic) by Inc. BarCharts; Italian Verb Conjugation Card (Foreign Language Verb Conjugation Cards) by Marcel Danesi. Both available on Amazon.

Virtual History on Tap: PRIDE

 

Virtual History on Tap: PRIDE

This month, we are shining the spotlight on Cleveland’s LGBTQ+ history with Virtual History on Tap: PRIDE. Grab a cocktail and join us for this online happy hour as we discuss the rich history of Cleveland’s LGBTQ+ community, including local activism, the birth of the LGBT Community Center, the 2014 Gay Games, and Pride celebrations of years past. Presented in partnership with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, this event will feature presentations from our Cleveland history experts, interviews with special guests, and live Q&A.

Presentations include…

History of the LGBT Center | Presented by the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, this presentation will illustrate the Center’s 45-year history and discuss some of the key programs and services that they offer to the community today.

Gay Life in the 1970s | In a wide-ranging informal conversation, John Grabowski will be speaking with John Nosek and Leon Stevens about gay life in Cleveland during the 1970s: the post-Stonewall period that saw the the beginning of the GEAR (Gay Education Awareness and Resources Foundation, the progenitor of today’s LGBTQ Center), its first newspaper, High Gear, and the city’s first Gay Pride marches.

Victory of Self | Filmed for our 2014 exhibit, The Victory of Self: The LGBT Community in Northeast Ohio, this video has never before been shared outside the walls of WRHS.

And more!

How to Register

Registration: $5

WRHS Member Registration: FREE

Note: To purchase tickets, click below. This event will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.

Ticket sales will close at 3:00pm on Friday, June 26.

Online Course Begins – Cleveland: The Evolution of a City

Course Information

Title: Cleveland: The Evolution of a City 

Course Description:

Books, blogs, and websites relating to Cleveland’s history seem to be increasing every day. Many are focused on topics that have wide appeal because they are already embedded in the public consciousness or link to popular memory. Millionaires Row, the triumphs and fiascos of local sports teams, and the multiple heritages that make up our cosmopolitan region are good topics and enjoy a good market. They certainly are not unimportant historically, but all too often their deeper complexities are overlooked.

This four-session course is designed to provide an overview of Cleveland’s history that places many of its iconic moments, places, and people into a broader and more complex context, a context that is revealed in professional scholarship relating to Cleveland.   Here too, the number of works by both local and national scholars is increasing and serve as an important complement to the “usual” history of our community.   New books by Mark Souther, Todd Michney, Jonathan Wlasiuk, and Nishani Frazier provide important new perspectives on issues ranging from race and urban decline to suburbanization and nineteenth century environmental degradation.  This course will introduce you to them and to a city with a history that has consequence well beyond its boundaries and our shared memories.

Note: Readings for this course are suggested but not required. This course will not involve any written assignments.

Schedule: Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25

Time: 12:00-1:30pm (a brief break will be included)

Instructor: John Grabowski, PhD, WRHS Senior Vice President of Research & Publications and Krieger Mueller Historian

Pricing:

Course Registration | $60

WRHS Member Registration | $50

How to Register:

To register, please see below. This course will be held through the Zoom platform. When you register, we will email you a link that will allow you to join the course, as well as all necessary login information and instructions.