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August 2022

Researching African American Ancestors: A Virtual Seminar

August 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Quad A and the Genealogical Committee, auxiliaries of the Western Reserve Historical Society, are proud to present "Researching African-American Ancestors." The presentation schedule includes: 9:00 - Ari Wilkins, "Beginning African American Genealogy" 10:30 - Dr. Deborah Abbott, "Strategies and Techniques: Reconstructing an African American Family from Freedom to Slavery" 12:00- Ann Sindelar, overview of African American genealogical resources at the Cleveland History Center 12:15- Patrice Hamiter, "The African American Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society" 1:00 - Shamele Jordon, "Mapping…

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Bringing Nature to the City

August 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States
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April 26, 2022 marked the 200 anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, the master designer of public parks and a founder of the field landscape architecture. Frederick Law Olmsted was a visionary for his time, believing that accessible public space was not a nicety but a necessity. Join historian and filmmaker Laurence Cotton (originator of and consulting producer to the PBS special “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America”) as he does a deep dive into the remarkable life and…

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Civil War Weekend 2022

August 13 @ 10:00 am - August 14 @ 5:00 pm
Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd.
Bath, 44210 United States
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Civil War Weekend will return to Hale Farm & Village, August 13th & 14th, 2022! Travel back in time and interact with the soldiers, cavalry and civilians of the 1860’s throughout our reenactor camps. Hear the stories of both free and enslaved peoples through first-person interpretations, and tour our historic sites for immersive experiences of the daily lives and concerns of Northeast Ohioans during the Civil War era. In addition, Hale Farm’s artisans and tradesmen will be onsite to demonstrate…

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September 2022

Opening Night Event Cole “Book & Birthday Bash”!

September 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States

This celebration, the first in a series that continues through April 2023, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Allen E. Cole Photography Studio in Cleveland's Fairfax community. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Western Reserve Historical Society (African American Initiatives) and the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists Tickets: $35 - WRHS Members $50 - Non-Members The cost for this 1920s-themed event includes: Admission to "Partnerships, Portraits, and the Power of Photojournalism: Black…

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Dressed for the Job: Clevelanders in Uniform Exhibit Opening

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States
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Join the Cleveland History Center and Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costume and Textiles Patty Edmonson for the grand opening of the newest costume exhibit in the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, "Dressed for the Job: Clevelanders in Uniform." This exhibition will include garments, decorative arts, archival documents, photographs, and paintings that tell stories of triumph and tragedy in Northeast Ohio. From the desegregation of the Girl Scouts, to wartime struggles, to athletics and spiritual life, it will delve into issues of…

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Open Doors: Holsey Gates Open House

September 15 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Holsey Gates House, 762 Broadway Road
Bedford, OH 44146 United States
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Located at 762 Broadway in the heart of historic downtown Bedford, Ohio, this large, two and a half story Queen Anne style house was built in 1892-1893 for Holsey Gates, the grandson of Holsey Gates who founded Gates Mills. The house was gifted to Western Reserve Historical Society by the Gates-Handyside family and has been operated by the historical society since the death of Ambassador Holsey Gates Handyside, the last heir, in 2016. The house is supported by two endowments…

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Black Moses: The Art of Rev. Albert Wagner Exhibit Opening

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States
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Join us for the opening of "Black Moses: The Art of Rev. Albert Wagner," on September 22, 2022, from 6 pm - 8 pm. Reverend Albert Wagner (1924-2006) is a globally recognized artist and part of a movement called "visionary" or "outsider" art. Outsider art is art created by untrained artists who are driven to their work by obsession, or in Albert Wagner's case, divine revelation. Wagner was born in 1924 in Bassett, Arkansas. At only ten years of age,…

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Hands on Hale: Arts and Crafts

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd.
Bath, 44210 United States
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Join us for an extra special day of gettin’ crafty at Hale Farm & Village! In addition to our historic crafts and trade demonstrations like glassblowing and blacksmithing, junior crafters and skilled young adult artisans can enjoy drop-in workshops and classes throughout the day, including dipped mini-candles ($), block printing, and pinch pots! Advanced registration is NOT required--regular admission rates apply.

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The Color of Care Documentary Viewing

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States

The Color of Care chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. COVID-19 exposed what they have long understood and lived: they do not receive the same level of care. Produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Yance Ford, the film traces the origins of racial health disparities to practices that began during slavery and continue today. Using moving personal testimony, expert interviews, and disturbing data, the film reveals the impact of…

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October 2022

Harvest Fest

October 1 @ 10:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm
Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd.
Bath, 44210 United States
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Harvest time at Hale Farm & Village is a time for natural beauty, busy farm days, and all of our favorite traditional fall scents & flavors! Guests will experience the seasonal work of a 19th century farm, while community partners demonstrate how traditions like cider pressing and fermentation have remained popular and important in our communities today! Join us for seasonal bites and live music both weekends, and a special visit from Johnny Appleseed on Oct. 1st & 2nd! Advance…

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