Speaking of Cleveland: Speakers Bureau Series


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Take a front row seat as the Cleveland History Center presents significant stories that capture the Cleveland spirit. Speaking of Cleveland features the intriguing, curious and oft-forgotten tales from Cleveland’s past.


Pulled directly from the nationally-recognized collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society, these stories showcase the innovation, the grit and the pride that characterize Cleveland’s past, present and future.

Our historians and museum professionals are eager to share Cleveland’s stories with you. To book a Speaking of Cleveland engagement for your group or facility, please email cmoody@wrhs.org or complete the inquiry form at the bottom of the page.

Program Brochure

Custom Programs
Starting at $170 per program

Our experts’ research interests cover a wide range of topics and time periods. If you are interested in a specific subject not covered by the programs above, please contact us to see if we can customize a program for your group! (Pricing dependent upon topic and preparation required.)

Program Inquiry Form

WRHS is able to provide a laptop, projector, and screen for an outreach presentation at your site, or you may provide them. What technology do you need us to bring? Please select under Technical Needs.

If you are interested in booking a custom program, please describe your requested topic and speaker (if applicable) in the Custom Program box.

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Outreach, on location at your site | Mileage billed at the current IRS rate .67 per mile
Onsite at the Cleveland History Center | + flat fee $50 - educator-led tour, + flat fee $150 - Curator-led tour

Our presenter will need a computer, projector and screen. Please provide space and sound for your guests as needed.

Cleveland: A to Z (John Grabowski)
Immigration & Migration to Cleveland: An Historical Overview in National and Global Context (John Grabowski)
Who Names the Neighborhood? (John Grabowski)
Praying Grounds: African American Faith Communities (Regennia N. Williams)
Jazz in Cleveland (Regennia N. Williams)
Going There & Knowing There: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Cleveland, OH (Regennia N. Williams)
Black Agency and Black Activism (Regennia N. Williams)
Partnerships, Portraits, and the Power of Photojournalism: Black History According to Allen E. and Francis T. Cole (Regennia N. Williams)
The Impact of the Great Migration on Cleveland (Regennia N. Williams)
Ohio's Presidential Past (Eric Rivet)
Amanda Wicker (Patricia Edmonson)
Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes (Patricia Edmonson)
Ethnicity & Local History (Sean Martin)
The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe: A Guide for Genealogists (Sean Martin)
Italian American Life in Cleveland (Pamela Dorazio-Dean)
History of Hough Bakery (Mary Manning)
Euclid Beach Park's Grand Carousel (John Frato)
The Story of Euclid Beach Park (John Frato)
Euclid Beach Park - Then and Now - An Epilogue (John Frato)
Northern Ohio Amusement Park Memories (John Frato)
Legends, Myths, Tall Tales and True Stories - How Clevelanders Remember Euclid Beach Park (John Frato)

Curator-led Programs $150 per program + mileage

A Brief History of the Western Reserve
Battle for the Ballot: Cleveland’s Suffragist Movement
Eliot Ness & the Torso Murders
The Golden Age of Shopping
Stories from Millionaires’ Row
Car Capitol of the World
The Burning River: A Natural and Social History of the Cuyahoga River
Carl & Louis Stokes: From Projects to Politics
Thanks to Garrett Morgan: The Life and Times of Cleveland's Inventor Extraordinaire

Educator led programs $130 per program + mileage

Cleveland's Holiday Traditions
Ghosts of Christmas Past
Valentine's Day in Cleveland

Educator led programs $130 per program + mileage

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