History on Tap | Euclid Beach Park

History on Tap | Euclid Beach Park

Join us on July 29 as we celebrate Euclid Beach Park with our History on Tap after-hours series. Enjoy special pop-up exhibits, food and drinks, and unlimited rides on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel as you explore our museum galleries to learn more about the history of this beloved amusement park. Whether you want to relive your memories of the park or make new ones with your friends and family, this evening promises summer fun that you will never forget!


Behind-the-scenes demonstrations

Pop-up exhibits

Cash bar

Unlimited rides on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel

Access to all Cleveland History Center museum galleries

And more!

This program is included with your museum admission. To purchase tickets, please click here.

History on Tap: PRIDE

History on Tap: PRIDE

In celebration of Pride Month, the Cleveland History Center is shining the spotlight on Cleveland’s LGBTQ+ history with History on Tap: PRIDE. Join us at the Cleveland History Center on June 24 for a historic happy hour celebrating Cleveland’s LGBTQ+ community, from its origins to the modern day.

The event will open with a brief presentation from our Cleveland history experts, followed by a networking opportunity designed to connect participants with the LGBTQ+ organizations within the community. Then, join us in the garden of our Bingham-Hanna Mansion to enjoy live music by the Dane Vannatter Trio, and explore our museum galleries, including our newest exhibit, Women & Politics, to learn about the LGBTQ+ trailblazers represented in the WRHS collection. A cash bar will be available (beer and wine only), and light refreshments will be offered for purchase.

Schedule of Events

5:30-5:45pm | PRESENTATION: Lucius and Chuck – Visible “Partners”?

Presenter: Dr. John Grabowski, Krieger Mueller Chief Historian

From the 1930s to the 1960s, Lucius Morris Beebe was an American celebrity.  Born into wealth, he became a syndicated columnist, author, gourmet, and ostentatious boulevardier who chronicled Café Society, the American West, and, most famously, railroads. But Beebe was also a member of America’s rather open wealthy gay society. He and his partner, Charles Clegg, lived, loved, and worked together for twenty-six years.  Their relationship ended only with Beebe’s death.

This presentation focuses on the story of “Luke” and “Chuck” but also explores the wider upper class gay society in which they lived – an interconnected community that included Cole Porter, Monty Wooley, and, importantly, several Clevelanders, including Jerome Zerbe, Leonard Hanna, Jr., and Winsor French.

5:45-6:00pm | PRESENTATION: Cleveland is So Gay!

Presenter: Ken Schneck, author of LGBTQ Cleveland and editor of The Buckeye Flame

Cleveland’s LGBTQ+ history exhibits the classic components of a Hollywood blockbuster: heroes, villains, epic crowd scenes, meet-cutes, and a soundtrack to end all soundtracks. We’ll take a quick tour through some images ranging from inspiring 19-year-olds to nefarious state senators to how a blade of grass almost caused the arrest of a cadre of protestors. And we’ll learn a heck of a lot about our LGBTQ+ Pride in the process!

6:00-6:30pm | Networking

Organizations Present: Plexus LGBT & Allied Chamber of Commerce; West 117 Foundation; The Buckeye Flame; PFLAG Cleveland; Western Reserve Historical Society LGBT Archives

6:30-8:00pm | Entertainment

Live music from the Dane Vannatter Trio

Cash bar

Museum galleries open

Pop-up exhibits


Event Admission: $25

WRHS Member Admission: $20

Includes admission to the Cleveland History Center as well as event admission.

To purchase your tickets, please click here.

Special Thanks to Our Partners

History on Tap – Uncorked

Come enjoy a garden cocktail party in our historic Italianate gardens!

Explore Cleveland’s rich history in the fine arts and architecture with hands-on experiences and up close looks at original drawings from the architects who built our city. Craft cocktails, wine and beer will be available for purchase.  Purchase your open bar wristband online in advance and SAVE!

General Admission Prices

$4 Beer

$5 Wine

$7 Signature Cocktail

$15 Open Bar Wrist Band (WRHS MEMBER PRICING)

$25 Open Bar Wrist Band Includes Admission (ADVANCE NON-MEMBER PRICING)

$30 Open Bar Wrist Band Includes Admission (DAY OF NON-MEMBER PRICING)


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