Cleveland Starts Here: History of Western Reserve Historical Society – The Western Reserve Historical Society celebrates 150 years of history. In 2017, they launch a new exhibition experience called Cleveland Starts Here – a permanent core exhibit and digital portal that explores the rich and diverse history of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. At present, there is no place in the city or region for audiences to discover this history. Join Kelly Falcone-Hall & Dennis Barrie for an evening about Cleveland, it’s history and relationship with the Western Reserve Society.
Kelly Falcone-Hall joined the Western Reserve Historical Society in 1995 as an intern in the Archives/Library, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Historical Research, Interpretation, Advancement, Governmental Relations, and Administration at both Hale Farm & Village in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the History Center in University Circle. As President and CEO, she leads a team of Directors and professional staff with oversight of multiple WRHS divisions, and works collaboratively with a Board of Directors to engage the community and develop resources to support its mission.
Dennis is an internationally distinguished museum director, cultural historian and an expert in popular culture. His career includes positions as the Midwest Director of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; as the Director of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center; and the founding Executive Director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Dennis led the entire development of the International Spy Museum which opened in 2002. More recently he was the creative director for The Mob Museum, a $42 million economic development generator which opened in downtown Las Vegas in 2012.
The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.