Invisible Soul – Carlo Wolff

Cover of Invisible Soul, Carlo Wolff


Join author Carlo Wolff in discussing Invisible Soul: Uncovering Cleveland’s Underground Soul Scene with us at the Cleveland History Center on Thursday, October 5th!

In a neighborhood of clubs, theaters and dives, Black club owners, entertainers and audiences found security and joy in the throb of some of America’s most authentic music. The scene was sweaty, smoky, and sexy. From dusk to dawn, across three decades, the streets swayed to the sound of soul. And then it was gone. Invisible Soul tells stories of a boisterous, ballsy, bawdy time when entertainers and audiences brought heart and soul to this corner of the city.

*Part of the 2023-2024 By the Book series.

Pricing Details:


Purchase the book from us and get half price of 1 admission to this event and access to the virtual book presentation via code provided at checkout.


Purchase the book at 10% off from our gift shop, and get free admission to this event and virtual access to the book presentation free.

Members save 10% on all museum store purchases!

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9.28.23 William Krejci Lost Ghost Stories of Cleveland

10.5.23 Carlo Wolff Invisible Soul: Uncovering Cleveland’s Underground Soul Scene

1.18.24 Laura Meckler DREAM TOWN: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equity

2.22.24 Stay tuned for details!

3.23.24 Family Friendly Finale – Stay tuned for details!

*Event prices and times may vary, check specific event page for more information.

POSTPONED: Speaking of Cleveland | Black Innovators of Northeast Ohio (For Kids K-5)

Speaking of Cleveland | Black Innovators of Northeast Ohio (For Kids K-5)

This event has been postponed. Please check back soon for a reschedule date!

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

How did African-American inventors and entrepreneurs impact the history of Northeast Ohio? In this program, geared toward grades K-5, students will learn about three black Clevelanders — Garrett Morgan, Alonzo Wright, and Amanda Wicker — who improved the city through their commitments to innovation, education, and community. Students will reflect on the contributions of these community leaders in order to identify problems and imagine solutions to issues in their lives. (All registrants are asked to have blank paper and markers/crayons/colored pencils on hand when they sign on for the program.)


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, you will be sent a confirmation containing your purchase receipt and all necessary login information.

Black History on Tap: The Living Legacy of Leo’s Casino

Join us for an after-hours party honoring the legendary Leo’s Casino nightclub! Guests will immerse themselves in 1960’s Cleveland and enjoy the sights and sounds of the famous R&B and Jazz club. Event features include live music, archival images of the Legends that rocked Leo’s stage, themed activities, and a unique look at Cleveland’s past from the decade. Stay tuned to social media to learn more about our event partners and highlights!



$15 member open bar wristband  (Advance online purchase only)

$25 non-member open bar wristband (Advance online purchase only)


DAY OF – Regular admission prices

$12 adults

$10 seniors

$6 kids

FREE for WRHS Members


Beverage Cost:

$7 cocktail

$5 wine

$4 GLBC bottle beer








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Black History on Tap: Living Legends

Come raise a glass with some of Cleveland’s Living Legends! Explore the stories of Ruby Terry, Reverend E.T. Caviness, George Forbes, and other African Americans who have inspired and shaped our community. Celebrate with live performances, a curator-led tour of new exhibit, Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness: Church, Community, Cleveland, and an exclusive look at WRHS collections.


General Admission Prices

$4 Beer

$5 Wine

$7 Signature Cocktail

$20 Open Bar Wrist Band