Fashion After Dark Exhibit Opening

Join us for the opening ceremony of our newest exhibit, Fashion After Dark. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and live music with special remarks from Patty Edmonson, Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costume & Textiles.

Event Highlights:

  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Open Bar
  • Tour of the exhibit
  • Access to museum galleries
  • Special playing of music box


About the Exhibition:

Fashion After Dark explores the relationship between fashion and artificial light, beginning with the introduction of gas in Cleveland during the 1840s. This exhibition simulates the atmosphere of an evening on Euclid Avenue through fashion, interiors, lighting, and sound.

Imagine a visual feast of shimmering silks, dazzling sequins, and sparkling gemstones. In the 19th century, gaslight brought eveningwear to life in an otherworldly way. Daylight stood in such stark contrast that some shops even offered specially-lit rooms for choosing silks, and style writers recommended the best colors and fabrics for gaslight in particular. Below stairs, working people kept homes with new lighting technologies running. Each room presents a time period and a theme in order to bring the story of fashion and lighting to life.




Then and Now: The Rev. Dr. E.T. Caviness and Black Church Leadership in Cleveland

By Regennia N. Williams, PhD

Since the 1960s, the Rev. Dr. Emmitt Theophilus (E.T.) Caviness, pastor of Cleveland’s Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church, has been a leader in the struggle to secure and protect the civil and political rights of American citizens.  His influence extends beyond the sanctuary of his church in the Glenville community, and the stories about his work are recounted in numerous publications, including the many books and news articles related to the legacy of Mayor Carl B. Stokes.

Stokes was elected in 1967, the year after the Hough Riots.  From the outset of his tenure as the mayor of Cleveland, he sought to establish close ties between his office and leaders in various faith communities. Rev. Caviness worked with Mayor Stokes to make that happen.  In a March 30, 1968, Call & Post newspaper article announcing the appointment of the Rev. William Arthur LeMon as Stokes’ administrative assistant, the mayor stated, “If there is any one segment of leadership in the community that I owe to being where I am it is, perhaps, the clergy.”

Within a week of making this statement, Mayor Stokes called on local pastors and others to help keep the peace following the April 4, 1968 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In describing that moment in Cleveland’s history, Stokes wrote in Promises of Power: A Political Biography:

In the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968, almost every large city in the country with a sizeable black community had violence and looting of some sort. We were able to keep that from happening in Cleveland. In a way it was unfortunate that we succeeded as well as we did, because it only confirmed the establishments wager that in backing me they were buying insurance. Not that I didn’t make a good deal of it myself at the time, taking reporters along with me as I walked the streets, calming people, talking them into cooler emotions. I tried, though, to get across the point that the community had calmed itself. It wasn’t just me out there; we had clergymenathletes, street clubs, militants out patrolling, working to keep the lid on. Obviously, they were out there because I got them together to do it, but they were the ones who really handled it.

A cover story in the Sunday, April 7, 1969 Plain Dealer echoed the mayor’s sentiments: “Last night the mayor resumed his vigil in Hough, Glenville, and Central areas [. . .] In a predawn meeting yesterday, he urged some 75 Black nationalists to help in quieting fears in the Negro neighborhood. He met with a group of clergymen and new executives later in the day, asking for continued close cooperation.

Fifty-two years later, in April 2020, Rev. Caviness recalled that he monitored activities from his office at Greater Abyssinia while Mayor Stokes (who had “protection”) monitored the situation in the streets of Glenville.   Their team succeeded in keeping an uneasy peace that spring, but their efforts did not prevent the Glenville rioting in the summer of 1968.

Pastor Caviness’s leadership duties, however, continued beyond the 1960s.  He served as the administrative assistant to Mayor George Voinovich, as a member of the Cleveland City Council, on a number of local boards, and, for more than 30 years, on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization that Dr. King established in 1957.

He currently chairs the board of the Cleveland Clergy Coalition and is convinced that the struggle for voting rights must be continual.  As the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 15th amendment and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment–which sought to enfranchise African American men and all women, respectively, Rev. Caviness says, “Everyone has to have that right. We’ve got to remain vigilant, on our guard, and stay alert to what is transpiring in our country.”

“CLERGY BACK NEW AIDE — A group of prominent clergy surround Mayor Stokes and his new Administrative Aide, Rev. W. Arthur LeMon. Seated are (left to right) Rev. John T. Weeden, St. Timothy Baptist Church, and president of Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Cleveland & Vicinity; Mayor Carl B. Stokes; and Rev. LeMon.” Rev. E. T. Caviness, Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church, is standing on the far right. (John W. Mott, photographer. Call & Post file image.)

Talk & Tours: Suffragists of the Western Reserve

Join us at 2:00pm every Wednesday and Saturday from June through August at the Cleveland History Center to enjoy highlights from some our favorite Cleveland stories followed by a short gallery tour to learn more about some of the real-life artifacts that inspired these programs!

FREE with museum admission; Members FREE.

Dates not available: Parade the Circle 6/8 & Euclid Beach Park Day 7/20

This Talk & Tour: Suffragists of the Western Reserve

Come share in the history of strong women who have led the Western Reserve in independent thinking!


Interested in learning and hearing more about Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River or other fascinating pieces of Northeast history? Click here to book a Speaking of Cleveland program today.

Behind The Scenes: 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Thursday, June 6th marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. The Allied invasion of occupied Europe marked a turning point in World War II and was a crucial step in the defeat of Nazi Germany. Join WRHS Chief Curator Eric Rivet for a discussion of the planning and preparations that made D-Day successful and the experiences of the men that fought the battle. You will also have an opportunity to examine and handle the kinds of uniforms and equipment used by the US Army on that fateful day.

This hands-on program lasts one hour and costs $15 / $5 for members (includes museum admission).

Historic Pub Crawl: Gordon Square

On Saturday, April 6, the Cleveland History Center’s biannual Historic Pub Crawl invites you to discover Gordon Square’s rich history as you explore four of the favorite local watering holes.  Each stop will feature historic tales, anecdotes, and trivia, as well as ample opportunities to enjoy libations and network with other guests.

Check-in will begin at 1:00pm at Stone Mad Pub. The tentative tour schedule is as follows:

1:00-2:20pm | Stone Mad Pub

2:30-3:30pm| Ninja City 

3:40pm-5:00pm |Happy Dog


This pub crawl is presented by the CHC Young Professionals Auxiliary, and will be led by Cleveland History Center staff.


General Admission (Advance): $8

WRHS Members: $4

CHC Young Professionals Members: Free

Buy your tickets below!

For more information, please call 216-721-5722 x1502. To learn more about the CHC Young Professionals, click here.

Exploring Cleveland’s Hidden Waterways – SOLD OUT

Presented in Partnership with CWRU Baker Nord Center for Humanities and Cleveland Water

Full agenda available here

Program is sold out.  

The names Kingsbury Run and Walworth Run denote decayed Cleveland landscapes. In 1820, nevertheless, such areas were places of growth. Here, spring-fed streams gave clean water for drinking, brewing, refining and slaughtering. Yet as they also received noxious wastes from those activities, the runs became fouled. By 1900, all of Cleveland’s small waterways were buried as sewers and forgotten. Now, even as Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River are improved, the runs languish. The tour explores the city’s hidden waterways with an eye to history and restoration. We will consider the means to rebalance natural and human demands for our place.

Tour begins & ends at Cleveland History Center.

Parking is available in the Cleveland History Center Parking Lot located in back of the building off Magnolia Drive.

Tickets are $20 each and include admission to the Cleveland History Center before tour. 

Tour Google Map available here

Tour will be give by Roy Larick of Bluestone Heights


Please email or call 216-721-5722 x 1502 to be placed on a waiting list

EXHIBIT OPENING! The Soul of Philanthropy






The Soul of Philanthropy (TSOP) reframes portraits of philanthropy. It comprises highly innovative presentations of over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images. Created by Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas, the exhibition conjures philanthropic musings across generations.

A robust offering of talks, panel discussions and public forums accompany the exhibition. It allows groups to explore a broad range of topics igniting a movement of conscious philanthropy by empowering a generation of Americans to recognize their power and responsibility to give back.

Join us for the exhibition opening public celebration!

Admission is free, however space is limited and registration is required.


More info about The Soul of Philanthropy & Celebrate Those Who Give Black 

More information The Soul of Philanthropy CLE

Euclid Beach Park Day

Celebrating 50 years of fond memories and history

For nearly 75 years, Euclid Beach Park was one of the most prominent amusement parks in Northeast Ohio. Today, 50 years after closing, the memories created there continue to live on.

This annual event, now in its fifth year, invites audiences of all ages to enjoy a community celebration of Cleveland’s iconic amusement park.  Museum guests will enjoy fun family activities including unlimited rides on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, Rocket Ship rides, Laughing Sal, lawn games, delicious treats and so much more.


Regular admission

Adult: $10

Senior: $9

Child: $5


Lolly the Trolley rides return for their second year with additional tours. This year the Lolly the Trolley Tour Package includes a guided walking tour of Euclid Beach Park. Slots are limited and sold on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions, contact Shannon Stewart, Program Coordinator, at 216-721-5722 x1502.

Lolly the trolley package | WRHS Members: $15* | Non-Members: $25*

*Includes admission to Euclid Beach Park Day and complimentary goody bag


Sponsored by

Behind The Wheel: RADwood Fashion


This month’s Behind The Wheel event at the Crawford Auto-Aviation continues the celebration of RADwood: Cleveland Goes Rad.
Get nostalgic as we explore 80s & 90s history, pop culture and fashion.
Ticket includes admission the the Cleveland History Center.

Breakfast With Santa


Pack your sleigh with your family of elves and enjoy breakfast($) and face-time with the man in the red suit. This event includes:

  • Meet and greet with Santa
  • Delicious food
  • Unlimited carousel rides
  • A reading of the holiday favorite ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Get your tickets now. This event is always a crowd favorite!


*No refunds on signature events

A City Worth Fighting For: Cleveland’s Role in WWI Opens

A City Worth Fighting For: Cleveland’s Role in WWI is a new exhibition opening on April 7, 2018.

This exhibition uses artifacts from the museum’s rarely seen military collection to tell the story of a city at war. It showcases the many ways, both civic and industrial, that Cleveland supported the war effort, and it shares the stories of men and women from Northeast Ohio that served in the trenches in France.

A City Worth Fighting For also illuminates the ways that World War I changed Cleveland forever and helped to create the city we live in today.

In Fashion

Celebrate fashion, mothers, daughters, and friends on Saturday, May 9th. Kick off your day with a brunch amid the exhibits of the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection before shopping the trunk show and learning about the historic garment industry in Cleveland.  Top off the day with a look at how prominent Clevelander’s dressed at the turn of the 20th century with the exhibition In Grand Style.

Admission gains access to all events of the day:

    10:00 am– Trunk Show Opens

      Vendors include:  Donna Marchetti Design, NOTO Boutique, Little Sweet Pea Closet, Lindsay Jean-Marie, What a Great Hat!, B, Carter Design, Designs by Dawson

    11:00 am– Brunch

    1:00 pm– “Off the Rack” Presentation of fans from the WRHS Collection with Leanne C. Tonkin of the Cleveland Museum of Art

Leanne Tonkin earned her BA in Fashion from the University of Leeds and worked for 10 years as a commercial fashion designer in the United Kingdom.  In 2007, she graduated with distinction with a Master of Art in the History of Textiles and Dress, followed in 2009 with a Master of Art in Textile Conservation from the Textile Conservation Centre.  In January 2014, she became an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Textile Conservation at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Brunch Menu
Fresh Fruit Salad
Assorted Mini Quiche
New Potato Filled with Whipped Boursin Cheese and topped with Caramelized Bacon
Spinach and Feta Cheese in Crispy Phyllo Dough
Assorted Deviled Eggs
Mimosas & Bloody Mary’s
Coffee, Assorted Hot Tea, Water

Please pre-register in advance online below or by calling Sara Gross, (216) 721-5722 ext. 1502. Admission is $25 for WRHS members and $35 for general public attendees.