Cleveland History Center’s newest permanent exhibit, Cleveland Starts Here® sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation is:
A place to discover the rich history of Cleveland and the region once commonly known as the Western Reserve.
A place for Northeast Ohioans to locate their own stories and place themselves in the rich story of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
A place for schoolchildren to experience firsthand the history of Cleveland and the region.
First-time visitors and life-long residents will immerse themselves in Cleveland’s stories from the 1790s to today. Using the latest technologies and digital media, rarely seen images, films, art and historical artifacts are now accessible for visitors to experience.
From the first Cleveland map and early survey tools, to a lunar descent engine and LeBron James’ championship shoes, Cleveland Starts Here® tells the stories of the triumphs and tragedies that define Cleveland.
“It’s a celebration of the past and the present, and we welcome everyone to come and make connections to their lives.” – Kelly Falcone-Hall, WRHS President & CEO.
“The new Cleveland Starts Here® exhibit at the Cleveland History Center should make it possible for generations to pass along the stories and experiences that help connect the past with our world today.” – Morton Mandel, Chairman and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.
Why Cleveland Starts Here?
Until 2017, there was no one place in the city to discover Cleveland and Northeast Ohio’s history. On the occasion of its 150th anniversary year, the Western Reserve Historical Society presents Cleveland Starts Here® to tell the story of more than 220 years of history, and to provide the context for the critical conversations taking place in our region, nation, and around the world.
Cleveland Starts Here® energizes guests as they discover the stories of innovation, immigration, entrepreneurship, and diversity inspire visitors to create their own chapter in this ever evolving story.
This project was completed thanks to the generous support from the community.
WRHS received broad support from the community for the exhibition from many individuals, foundations, and corporations, including a title sponsorship for the exhibit from the
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. Thank you!
Cleveland Starts Here® was created in partnership with Dennis and Kathy Barrie of Barrie Projects, a local consulting firm specializing in museums, exhibits, and cultural planning projects around the globe. Gallagher & Associates contributed to content development and exhibit design. Multimedia elements and the orientation film are produced by Northern Light Productions. Fabrication, equipment, and gallery preparation are in partnership with ExPlus, Zenith, and AECOM.
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