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Friends of the Cleveland History Center, formally The Museum Advisory Council, was founded in 1945 as an auxiliary organization of the WRHS. Its purpose is to stimulate interest in and to raise funds to benefits the CHC. Friends of the Cleveland History Center is open to both men and women of all ages.

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Friends of the Cleveland History Center

The mission of the Friends of the Cleveland History Center includes:

  • Exclusive invites to events and tours.
  • Special access to curators and collections.
  • Contribute to the legacy of philanthropic leadership.
  • Opportunity to shape programming and funding for the renowned collections of WRHS.

Friends of the Cleveland History Center, formally The Museum Advisory Council and the Women’s Advisory Council, was founded in 1945 as an auxiliary organization of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Its purpose was, and is, to stimulate interest in and to raise funds to benefit the WRHS and its programs. Friends of the Cleveland History Center is open to both men and women of all ages.

Click here for more information about purchasing WRHS Membership and paying dues

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Accomplishments

Some of our accomplishments include the following:

  • Provided an endowment fund for the Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costume and Textiles position at the Cleveland History Center
  • Provided an endowment fund for operating the Hay-McKinney House
  • Made restorations of the Hay-McKinney House and gardens possible
  • Provided an acquisition endowment fund for the decorative arts
  • Created the WRHS Antiques Show, and in 21 years, raised over $1,300,000
  • Provided funds for major acquisitions through fund raisers such as home tours and galas.
  • Assisted with a variety of Society events such as Members Nights and the University Circle Fest

Provided holiday decorations for the Hay-McKinney and Bingham-Hanna Houses as well as Crawford Lane, the street of shops in the Crawford Auto Aviation Gallery

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Benefits

Become a member and enjoy a rich variety of programs.

Friends of the Cleveland History Center has provided speakers with specific expertise from our local area such as:

  • Laura Loew, Lost in the Past – The Magic of a Victorian Christmas and The History of Women Through Hats
  • John Vacha, author and historian – The History of the Hanna Theater
  • Catherine Kohl, historian – Famous Cleveland Women of Lakeview Cemetery
  • Dr. Mari Halkovick – Vintage Vanities – Glitz and Glamour in the White House, Jewelry of the Ohio Presidential First Ladies.

And Friends of the Cleveland History Center enjoyed speakers from national institutions such as:

  • Winterthur – the DuPont Mansion
  • Williamsburg
  • Baltimore Historical Society
  • Strong Museum in Rochester, New York
  • The Smithsonian

Tours have included:

  • The Cowan Pottery Museum in Rocky River
  • Lakeview Cemetery and Wade Chapel in Cleveland
  • Historic Ohio towns
  • Ethnic communities of Cleveland

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Western Reserve Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in Northeast Ohio, the region's largest American history research center, and one of the leading genealogical research centers in the nation.

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Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106 ↗

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(216) 721-5722

Hours
Thursday: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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