Children’s Storytime | Light Speaks

Light Speaks children's story hour at Cleveland History Center.

This children’s book series will run concurrently with the Fashion After Dark exhibit in the Hay-McKinney Mansion. Narrators will transport young readers through tales of wonder and merriment. Join us every Friday morning for children’s story time, a journey where imagination shines brightly, even in the dark!

9/29/23 Light Speaks

10/6/23 Luna Obscura

10/13/23 Pepe the Lamplighter

10/20/23 Beatrice Likes the Dark

10/27/23 The Little Ghost Who was a Quilt

11/3/23 The Night Gardener

11/10/23 My Diwali Light

11/17/23 Sky Sisters

11/24/23 Grandmother’s Dreamcatcher

12/1/23 Winter Candle

12/8/23 Chanukkah Lights Everywhere

12/29/23 Just Add Glitter

2/9/24 Lin Yi’s Lantern

3/8/24 Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

4/5/24 Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story


*More titles being added.

Fashion After Dark exhibit open now through June 30, 2024

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Euclid Beach Park Days!

Euclid Beach Park Days: A Fun-Filled Event for the Whole Family!

Saturday, July 22nd | 10am – 4pm

Sunday, July 23rd | 10am – 4pm

The Euclid Beach Park Day is back, and it promises to be better than ever! This year’s event, held on July 22nd and 23rd, will be jam-packed with family-friendly activities, delicious food and fun!

The Euclid Beach Park Carousel will be open for rides all weekend long. The carousel is a beloved landmark that has been entertaining families for generations, and we are excited to offer visitors the chance to experience this iconic attraction, once again.

In addition to the carousel, the event will feature a variety of fun activities for all ages.

Relive history with pop-up talks throughout the weekend. Come to enjoy historical collections from other local, beloved amusement parks.

The annual Euclid Beach Park celebration is a great way to celebrate summer with your family and friends. We hope you’ll join us for a weekend of amusement that you won’t soon forget!


POSTPONED | Virtual Family Learning Day | Our Favorite Stories

This event has been postponed. Please check back later for a new date.

Virtual Family Learning Day | Our Favorite Stories

Experience the Western Reserve Historical Society from the comfort of your own home in our first Virtual Family Learning Day! On July 15, our experts will be sharing their favorite lessons from history with young learners of all ages in a series of fun and interactive digital programs.

Schedule of Presentations

Please note that there will be additional time at the end of each presentation for Q&A.

10:00-10:30am | Age 5-7

Presenter: Lisa Pettry, Hale Farm & Village Education & Public Programs Manager

Follow the fleece from sheep to the weaving shuttle on a journey through seasons on the farm. Young listeners in this interactive online session will hear David Edwards’ story, “The Pen That Pa Built,” then watch everyday materials from the kitchen or garden add color to wool through the magic of natural dyeing. Registered families will receive PDF instructions to experiment with color at home.

11:00-11:40am | Age 8-12

Presenter: Pamela Dorazio-Dean, Associate Curator of Italian History

Italian food has become one of the most popular foods in the United States, but that wasn’t always the case.  In this presentation, learn about the history of Italian food and its rise to popularity, with a special focus on everybody’s favorites: pizza and pasta! Plus, learn about Cleveland’s own Chef Boyardee’s role in giving the masses a taste for garlic and tomato sauce.

12:00-12:50pm | Age 13+

Presenter: Eric Rivet, Curator of Collections & Exhibits

Explore the history of NASA’s Apollo Space Program, which landed twelve men on the moon in the 1960s and 1970s. Join Chief Curator Eric Rivet for a discussion of the history of the Apollo Program’s successes and failures, and also the technology behind the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo spacecraft.

How to Register

Register and reserve your spot 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.

Participants are welcome to attend more than one session. In order to do so, simply add the registration for the additional session(s) you would like to attend before completing your order.

Cost: $6/student/session.

OPEN Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Enjoy Cleveland’s oldest cultural institution this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

To celebrate, the Cleveland History Center will be open 10am – 5pm. This will be a FREE ADMISSION DAY!

Check out the brand new exhibit in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, RADWood: Cleveland Goes Rad, and join us for the opening of brand new exhibit, Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness: Church, Community, Cleveland.

Discover what extraordinary history awaits. Cleveland Starts Here®. Cleveland starts with you!