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.

 

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.

POSTPONED – Exhibit Grand Opening | Women & Politics

1920. A new decade has dawned, ushering in an era of hidden speakeasies, shortened hemlines, jazz music, and – underneath it all – vast political change. 100 years later, we invite you to step back in time as we celebrate our newest permanent exhibit, Women & Politics, with a 1920s soiree in our historic Bingham-Hanna Mansion.

Travel back to 1920s Cleveland to celebrate the historic passage of the 19th Amendment. Be the first to see the Cleveland History Center’s new exhibit as you enjoy food, dancing, and libations in our Bingham-Hanna Mansion and Garden. Themed attire is strongly encouraged, so dust off your glad rags and come decked out in your 1920s best!

Activities include:

VIP Preview
6:00 – 7:00pm
Exclusive early access to exhibit
Meet and greet with exhibit designers
Behind-the-scenes experience

The Party Begins
7:00 – 10:00pm
Admission to exhibit
Heavy hors d’oeuvres
Open bar
Live music
Pop-up displays
Exhibit tours with curators
Silent auction
Performance by historic Suffragists
1920s costume contest

Tickets
VIP | $150
General Admission | $100
WRHS Members | $75
Click below to purchase. All proceeds benefit Education & Public Programming efforts at the Cleveland History Center.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Lillian Emmons Family Fund

Eric & Jessica Schreiber

Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates

Triner Associates, Inc.

Arthur Heuer & Joan Hulburt

POSTPONED – Homeschool Field Trip Days | Carousel Explorer

May: Carousel Explorer

How would you design a carousel? For this lesson, students will learn the history of our 109-year-old Euclid Beach Grand Carousel and get to ride it! Students will then study and classify the different types of carousel designs. Lastly, students will create their own carousel or carousel horse!

About Homeschool Field Trip Days

Hosted at the Cleveland History Center every third Wednesday of the month, this year’s Homeschool Field Trip Days will invite students to become explorers within our museum’s collections!

Appropriate for all ages. Students will be paired with a Museum Educator based on age (3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13+) to ensure age-appropriate program content.

Pricing

Students: $6 each | Parents: Free | Ages 0-2: Free

Includes full museum admission and space to eat lunch after the program. All programs include a ride on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel!

Click below to reserve your spot! For more information about the program, call 216-721-5722 x1502 or email education@wrhs.org.

 

POSTPONED – Homeschool Field Trip Days | STEM Explorer

April: STEM Explorer

How do science and math affect everyday life? This month, students will study how the laws of math and science affect the way people live. Then, students will learn how museum engineers use STEM to create learning spaces for all visitors. Students will also be given the opportunity to create and crack different codes!

About Homeschool Field Trip Days

Hosted at the Cleveland History Center every third Wednesday of the month, this year’s Homeschool Field Trip Days will invite students to become explorers within our museum’s collections!

Appropriate for all ages. Students will be paired with a Museum Educator based on age (3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13+) to ensure age-appropriate program content.

Pricing

Students: $6 each | Parents: Free | Ages 0-2: Free

Includes full museum admission and space to eat lunch after the program. All programs include a ride on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel!

Click below to reserve your spot! For more information about the program, call 216-721-5722 x1502 or email education@wrhs.org.

 

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!

 

ADMISSION:

$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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for a full list of upcoming History on Tap dates

Homeschool Field Trip Days | Cleveland Explorer

February: Cleveland Explorer

How have the lives of Clevelanders changed through time? In this program, students will skills to compare and contrast “long ago” and “today.” Then, they will examine how Cleveland has changed over time. Students will understand how the idea of childhood and growing up have evolved throughout history as a result of changing work responsibilities and their surrounding environment.

About Homeschool Field Trip Days

Hosted at the Cleveland History Center every third Wednesday of the month, this year’s Homeschool Field Trip Days will invite students to become explorers within our museum’s collections!

Appropriate for all ages. Students will be paired with a Museum Educator based on age (3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13+) to ensure age-appropriate program content.

Pricing

Students: $6 each | Parents: Free | Ages 0-2: Free

Includes full museum admission and space to eat lunch after the program. All programs include a ride on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel!

Click below to reserve your spot! For more information about the program, call 216-721-5722 x1502 or email education@wrhs.org.

 

Homeschool Field Trip Days | Transportation Explorer

January: Transportation Explorer

Why is transportation important? During this field trip, students will study how transportation has changed over time, specifically the role Clevelanders played in changing forms of transportation. They will learn more about Cleveland’s rich history as a transportation center and worldwide car capitol.

About Homeschool Field Trip Days

Hosted at the Cleveland History Center every third Wednesday of the month, this year’s Homeschool Field Trip Days will invite students to become explorers within our museum’s collections!

Appropriate for all ages. Students will be paired with a Museum Educator based on age (3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13+) to ensure age-appropriate program content.

Pricing

Students: $6 each | Parents: Free | Ages 0-2: Free

Includes full museum admission and space to eat lunch after the program. All programs include a ride on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel!

Click below to reserve your spot! For more information about the program, call 216-721-5722 x1502 or email education@wrhs.org.

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tour Dates: November 29 and 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

It’s 1915, and mysterious happenings have driven away the Blackwood family’s household staff, just in time for the holiday season. After answering a job advertisement, tour participants will arrive at the Blackwood mansion, a sprawling estate recently built by a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland’s fashionable Wade Allotment. Greeted by the few staff members who remain in the home, they wind their way through the mansion’s dark halls to get the lay of the land but soon find that something is amiss. Unexplained noises, footsteps in empty corridors, and strange sightings – are they all coincidence, or is there some truth to the old yuletide superstitions after all? True stories from Cleveland’s past help weave together this holiday mystery.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. The final tour of the evening will depart at 8:00pm.

Reservations Required | To register, please call 216-721-5722 x1003 or email tickets@wrhs.org.

Tickets

$20 nonmembers; $15 members; group rates available.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tour Dates: November 29 and 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

It’s 1915, and mysterious happenings have driven away the Blackwood family’s household staff, just in time for the holiday season. After answering a job advertisement, tour participants will arrive at the Blackwood mansion, a sprawling estate recently built by a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland’s fashionable Wade Allotment. Greeted by the few staff members who remain in the home, they wind their way through the mansion’s dark halls to get the lay of the land but soon find that something is amiss. Unexplained noises, footsteps in empty corridors, and strange sightings – are they all coincidence, or is there some truth to the old yuletide superstitions after all? True stories from Cleveland’s past help weave together this holiday mystery.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. The final tour of the evening will depart at 8:00pm.

Reservations Required | To register, please call 216-721-5722 x1003 or email tickets@wrhs.org.

Tickets

$20 nonmembers; $15 members; group rates available.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tour Dates: November 29 and 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

It’s 1915, and mysterious happenings have driven away the Blackwood family’s household staff, just in time for the holiday season. After answering a job advertisement, tour participants will arrive at the Blackwood mansion, a sprawling estate recently built by a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland’s fashionable Wade Allotment. Greeted by the few staff members who remain in the home, they wind their way through the mansion’s dark halls to get the lay of the land but soon find that something is amiss. Unexplained noises, footsteps in empty corridors, and strange sightings – are they all coincidence, or is there some truth to the old yuletide superstitions after all? True stories from Cleveland’s past help weave together this holiday mystery.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. The final tour of the evening will depart at 8:00pm.

Reservations Required | To register, please call 216-721-5722 x1003 or email tickets@wrhs.org.

Tickets

$20 nonmembers; $15 members; group rates available.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tour Dates: November 29 and 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

It’s 1915, and mysterious happenings have driven away the Blackwood family’s household staff, just in time for the holiday season. After answering a job advertisement, tour participants will arrive at the Blackwood mansion, a sprawling estate recently built by a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland’s fashionable Wade Allotment. Greeted by the few staff members who remain in the home, they wind their way through the mansion’s dark halls to get the lay of the land but soon find that something is amiss. Unexplained noises, footsteps in empty corridors, and strange sightings – are they all coincidence, or is there some truth to the old yuletide superstitions after all? True stories from Cleveland’s past help weave together this holiday mystery.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. The final tour of the evening will depart at 8:00pm.

Reservations Required | To register, please call 216-721-5722 x1003 or email tickets@wrhs.org.

Tickets

$20 nonmembers; $15 members; group rates available.

Homeschool Field Trip Days | Special Curator Session

December: Special Curator Session

Join us for a special hands-on session with our curators! Choose from one of the two options below:

Option 1: Hands-On History—Cleveland at War. Explore the life of a soldier and get hands-on with the materials and equipment Clevelanders would have dealt with during historic wartime experiences. Curator of Collections & Exhibits Eric Rivet will describe how wars of the past have affected Cleveland and walk students through the daily experiences of soldiers in the field.

Option 2: Behind-the-Scenes Costume Experience—Si Jolie. Meet our Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costumes & Textiles Patty Edmonson and enjoy a special curator-led tour of the beautiful exhibit, Si Jolie, to learn how French fashion influenced Clevelanders both abroad and right here in the city. Families will have a chance to experience more of the Chisholm Halle Costume Collection in a special way!

About Homeschool Field Trip Days

Hosted at the Cleveland History Center every third Wednesday of the month, this year’s Homeschool Field Trip Days will invite students to become explorers within our museum’s collections!

Appropriate for all ages. Students will be paired with a Museum Educator based on age (3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13+) to ensure age-appropriate program content.

Pricing

Students: $6 each | Parents: Free | Ages 0-2: Free

Includes full museum admission and space to eat lunch after the program. All programs include a ride on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel!

Click below to reserve your spot! For more information about the program, call 216-721-5722 x1502 or email education@wrhs.org.

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tour Dates: November 29 and 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

It’s 1915, and mysterious happenings have driven away the Blackwood family’s household staff, just in time for the holiday season. After answering a job advertisement, tour participants will arrive at the Blackwood mansion, a sprawling estate recently built by a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland’s fashionable Wade Allotment. Greeted by the few staff members who remain in the home, they wind their way through the mansion’s dark halls to get the lay of the land but soon find that something is amiss. Unexplained noises, footsteps in empty corridors, and strange sightings – are they all coincidence, or is there some truth to the old yuletide superstitions after all? True stories from Cleveland’s past help weave together this holiday mystery.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. The final tour of the evening will depart at 8:00pm.

Reservations Required | To register, please call 216-721-5722 x1003 or email tickets@wrhs.org.

Tickets

$20 nonmembers; $15 members; group rates available.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tour Dates: November 29 and 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

It’s 1915, and mysterious happenings have driven away the Blackwood family’s household staff, just in time for the holiday season. After answering a job advertisement, tour participants will arrive at the Blackwood mansion, a sprawling estate recently built by a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland’s fashionable Wade Allotment. Greeted by the few staff members who remain in the home, they wind their way through the mansion’s dark halls to get the lay of the land but soon find that something is amiss. Unexplained noises, footsteps in empty corridors, and strange sightings – are they all coincidence, or is there some truth to the old yuletide superstitions after all? True stories from Cleveland’s past help weave together this holiday mystery.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. The final tour of the evening will depart at 8:00pm.

Reservations Required | To register, please call 216-721-5722 x1003 or email tickets@wrhs.org.

Tickets

$20 nonmembers; $15 members; group rates available.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tour Dates: November 29 and 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

It’s 1915, and mysterious happenings have driven away the Blackwood family’s household staff, just in time for the holiday season. After answering a job advertisement, tour participants will arrive at the Blackwood mansion, a sprawling estate recently built by a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland’s fashionable Wade Allotment. Greeted by the few staff members who remain in the home, they wind their way through the mansion’s dark halls to get the lay of the land but soon find that something is amiss. Unexplained noises, footsteps in empty corridors, and strange sightings – are they all coincidence, or is there some truth to the old yuletide superstitions after all? True stories from Cleveland’s past help weave together this holiday mystery.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. The final tour of the evening will depart at 8:00pm.

Reservations Required | To register, please call 216-721-5722 x1003 or email tickets@wrhs.org.

Tickets

$20 nonmembers; $15 members; group rates available.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tour Dates: November 29 and 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

It’s 1915, and mysterious happenings have driven away the Blackwood family’s household staff, just in time for the holiday season. After answering a job advertisement, tour participants will arrive at the Blackwood mansion, a sprawling estate recently built by a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland’s fashionable Wade Allotment. Greeted by the few staff members who remain in the home, they wind their way through the mansion’s dark halls to get the lay of the land but soon find that something is amiss. Unexplained noises, footsteps in empty corridors, and strange sightings – are they all coincidence, or is there some truth to the old yuletide superstitions after all? True stories from Cleveland’s past help weave together this holiday mystery.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. The final tour of the evening will depart at 8:00pm.

Reservations Required | To register, please call 216-721-5722 x1003 or email tickets@wrhs.org.

Tickets

$20 nonmembers; $15 members; group rates available.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tour Dates: November 29 and 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

It’s 1915, and mysterious happenings have driven away the Blackwood family’s household staff, just in time for the holiday season. After answering a job advertisement, tour participants will arrive at the Blackwood mansion, a sprawling estate recently built by a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland’s fashionable Wade Allotment. Greeted by the few staff members who remain in the home, they wind their way through the mansion’s dark halls to get the lay of the land but soon find that something is amiss. Unexplained noises, footsteps in empty corridors, and strange sightings – are they all coincidence, or is there some truth to the old yuletide superstitions after all? True stories from Cleveland’s past help weave together this holiday mystery.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. The final tour of the evening will depart at 8:00pm.

Reservations Required | To register, please call 216-721-5722 x1003 or email tickets@wrhs.org.

Tickets

$20 nonmembers; $15 members; group rates available.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tours

Ghosts of Christmas Past Candlelight Tour Dates: November 29 and 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and 22.

It’s 1915, and mysterious happenings have driven away the Blackwood family’s household staff, just in time for the holiday season. After answering a job advertisement, tour participants will arrive at the Blackwood mansion, a sprawling estate recently built by a wealthy industrialist in Cleveland’s fashionable Wade Allotment. Greeted by the few staff members who remain in the home, they wind their way through the mansion’s dark halls to get the lay of the land but soon find that something is amiss. Unexplained noises, footsteps in empty corridors, and strange sightings – are they all coincidence, or is there some truth to the old yuletide superstitions after all? True stories from Cleveland’s past help weave together this holiday mystery.

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. The final tour of the evening will depart at 8:00pm.

Reservations Required | To register, please call 216-721-5722 x1003 or email tickets@wrhs.org.

Tickets

$20 nonmembers; $15 members; group rates available.

Holiday Open House

Kick off the season with a Holiday Open House in our Hay-McKinney Mansion! This year, help decorate our mansion for the holidays and get a behind-the-scenes look as we install our special holiday exhibits. Children are invited to decorate their own holiday treats and create cards to take home or to send to veterans at the neighboring Louis Stokes VA Hospital. Then, venture upstairs for story time in the home’s historic nursery before exploring the rest of our galleries.

In appreciation of your membership, this event will be offered at no cost to WRHS members. General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children and includes admission to all museum exhibits PLUS two rides apiece on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

Click below to reserve your tickets. For assistance, please call 216-721-5722 x1502 or email education@wrhs.org.

Activities

Dress the Hay | Help decorate the Hay-McKinney Mansion for the holidays and go behind-the-scenes to watch as our curatorial staff installs a special holiday pop-up exhibit in the mansion.

Cookie Decorating | Decorate your own holiday treats!

Holiday Craft | Create your own holiday cards to send to a loved one OR to a veteran at the Louis Stokes VA Hospital.

Story Time | Gather in our children’s nursery for readings from your favorite classic holiday stories. (Readings offered every 30 minutes, beginning at 1:30pm.)