Digital Learning Resources


Western Reserve Historical Society is dedicated to helping the community stay engaged by providing members and the public with online exhibits, activities, stories, content, lessons, virtual speakers, and more. We will be updating this page regularly, so please check back soon for more updates!


Life in the Early 1900s

Our first set of stories explores day to day life in the early 1900s, including the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and its impact on Northeast Ohio. As historians, we know we are in for tough times, but we also know that we will emerge from this crisis, and what we learn from history can help save lives. While the news remains sobering, hope can be found in history.

Ohio’s Presidential Past

This video series, presented by Curator of Collections & Exhibits Eric Rivet, provides a brief look at the lives and careers of the eight men claimed by Ohio that have served as the nation’s chief executive.

Women’s History in Northeast Ohio

Women’s History Month is a time for study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. In honor of Women’s History Month, WRHS is shedding light on Ohio’s most memorable women, as well as collection items and primary resources from WRHS’s remarkable Library and Archives.

Crime in Cleveland

This video series, presented by Education & Public Programs Manager Whitney Stalnaker, explores the colorful characters of Cleveland’s crime history.


Take a deeper look at some of our favorite stories, people, and places from Northeast Ohio’s history!


Downloadable Curriculum-Based Activities

Each activity is complete with materials and instructions for the teacher. Based on programs developed by the Cleveland History Center Education Staff, these activities encourage critical thinking while offering unique, compelling opportunities to connect the past to the present in meaningful ways.

From Generation to Generation: History through Sources

This collaborative project of the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland invites students to explore the many contributions of the Jewish community to Cleveland.

Waves of Immigration: Lorain County

This series of activities explores immigration in Northeast Ohio from the 1880s through the 1950s, using Lorain County as its point of focus.

Education Explorer

Explore the stories, people, and places that make up Cleveland’s rich history in this video series by Program Coordinator Shannon Stewart.


VIDEO: How to Darn a Sock

Learn how to mend clothing the old-fashioned way with Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costumes & Textiles Patty Edmonson!

Make Your Own Paper Dolls

Throughout history, paper dolls have remained a beloved childhood pastime. Learn more about their history, then print your own using dresses from the WRHS collection!

Toys in Times of Crisis: Paper Dolls

Print Your Own Paper Dolls


Interested in exploring your family history? You’re in luck, because WRHS is a FamilySearch affiliate Library! Researchers can sign up for a FamilySearch account remotely and gain access to billions of records from the comfort of home. Click here to get started! It’s simple, and free!


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African American Archives Auxiliary (AAAA, or Quad A) Facebook Group


WRHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate (, a national outreach program that helps develop collaborative partnerships with cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources.

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