On Monday, January 20, 2020, the Cleveland History Center, headquarters of the Western Reserve Historical Society, will offer free admission to all guests to commemorate and celebrate the history, spirit and life of one of America’s greatest heroes of social justice and equality – Martin Luther King, Jr. The Cleveland History Center offers families a unique perspective on what it means to give back and be a hero to their community.
As part of the national community service initiative on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, children and their families can explore the Cleveland History Center and immerse themselves in the stories and lives of Northeast Ohio’s past and present heroes. From the recent addition of local artist David Deming’s life-size sculpture of Siegel and Schuster’s Superman in the exhibit Cleveland Starts Here® , sponsored by the by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, to Celebrate Those Who Give Black, an exhibition that tells the story of Black philanthropy in Cleveland by honoring the past, celebrating the present and inspiring the future.
Guests can also get a sneak peek of the Cleveland History Center’s upcoming exhibit Women & Politics, presented by PNC, by participating in pop-up talks highlighting the heroic contributions of well-known Ohio suffragists. Other talks will celebrate prominent local figures such as Carl & Louis Stokes, and Neil Armstrong.
Crafts, self-guided scavenger hunts, and access to the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel make this a family-friendly event. The Hay-McKinney Mansion will also be open for guests to enjoy tours of the main floor, and the Research Library will be staffed to help families to discover and understand their personal connection to Northeast Ohio. There will also be archival material such as photographs and newspaper articles chronicling the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his time spent in Cleveland.