Dressed for the Job: Clevelanders in Uniform

Dressed for the Job: Clevelanders in Uniform

Opening September 8, 2022, this exhibition gathers WRHS collections from across the museum and archives for display in the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing. It 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 race, class, and gender. Its stories will feel particularly meaningful in this moment of recognizing and honoring frontline workers and the people that keep our country going.


Dressed for the Job: Clevelanders in Uniform opens at the Cleveland History Center, headquarters of the Western Reserve Historical Society, with a preview event on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Planning Your Visit to the Cleveland History Center

The Cleveland History Center, in University Circle, is open Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Friday-Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased at cletix.com. Tickets are also available for purchase upon arrival. WRHS monitors daily guidance from the City of Cleveland, State of Ohio, and CDC. Please note that Visitor Guidelines, public hours, and museum operations are subject to change. Updates are available at www.wrhs.org and @clestartshere.

Founded in 1867 as an historic branch of the Cleveland Library Association on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) shares the dynamic stories of Northeast Ohio and beyond – stories of the people, the artifacts and the archives that are the provenance for our region.

Operating six sites throughout Northeast Ohio, WRHS presents exhibitions, programs and experiences that tell the story of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio through art, documents and artifacts from a variety of collections at its headquarters, the Cleveland History Center in University Circle. Through the use of its vast collections of family history, community history, entrepreneurship, and technological innovation, the Cleveland History Center provides a much-needed sense of place in today’s mobile society. It is a base for learning about innovation that can be transferred into modern economic expansion.

WRHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate (www.affiliations.si.edu), a national outreach program that develops collaborative partnerships with cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. WRHS is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Sponsorships, bequests, grants, admissions, and other funding are used by WRHS to preserve and enrich the region’s artistic and cultural heritage. WRHS has earned a top four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s most-used independent evaluator of charities and nonprofits. Visit us at 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106, at www.wrhs.org or on social media @clestartshere.