Stories from Cleveland History

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.

Then & Now Blog

Our Then & Now blog articles are selected to help us as a community make sense of the present through a deeper understanding of the past. Covering everything from the history of gardening in Cleveland to local stories of activism, Then & Now is a great resource to help better understand the world around us.

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.

Spring Holiday Traditions

Cleveland’s diversity is its chief strength and it is during holiday seasons such as Easter and Passover that we can truly sense how well multiple cultures come together to make a whole.  With over 100 different ethnic identities represented in Northeast Ohio, what might be seen as a common holiday takes on a variety of hues. Learn more about some of these celebrations in a selection of articles exploring the history behind the traditions.

The History of Gardening

Gardens are, perhaps, the closest and most intimate tie we have to the earth.  From Eden to Babylon, and to the gardens of the Alhambra, our cultures, communities, and religions celebrate the garden and its connection to something larger. They are a symbol of growth, of life, and of hope. Throughout history, people have used gardening as a sacred resource, an escape, a celebration, and a way to come together. Click here to learn how gardening has helped cultivate our region.

Virtual History on Tap | 1920s Cleveland

Our beloved History on Tap event has gone digital! Grab a cocktail, grab your computer, and belly up to the “bar” as we dive into the fascinating world of 1920s Cleveland. Like many major US cities, Cleveland certainly had its share of illegal liquor and “mob” activity during Prohibition and it indeed saw changes in women’s fashion and challenges to what was considered proper behavior. But it was much more than that – it did “roar” in the 1920s, but not just in the clichés of that era.

Driving Tours

This guided virtual tour of AsiaTown is one of a series of virtual tours developed by WRHS to highlight the diverse heritages that make up our city. It is another step in our institution’s mission to document and explore the history of a truly global city — Cleveland. Johnny Wu has crafted this tour of AsiaTown, a neighborhood that he knows well as a filmmaker, entrepreneur, and organizer who has done much to promote and discover the past and the present of one of our city’s most vibrant districts. We are indebted to him for his time, expertise, and enthusiasm.


This guided driving tour explores the eastside and parts of Cleveland’s Automotive and Industrial Past from the comfort of your own vehicle.


This guided driving tour explores the westside and parts of Cleveland’s Automotive and Industrial Past from the comfort of your own vehicle.