History on Tap | Uncorked: Italian Tradition of Wine Making in Cleveland

  Salute! Come relax in our historic Hay-McKinney garden and enjoy fine Italian wines with a side of Cleveland history. Learn about the Italian wine making traditions brought to Cleveland by 19th and 20th century Italian immigrants and join Pamela Dorazio-Dean, Cleveland History Center’s Associate Curator of Italian American History, as she highlights Cleveland’s Italian […]

The Italians in Cleveland: Their History & Communities

Pamela Dorazio Dean, WRHS Curator for Italian American History, will present the history of the Italians in Cleveland—their communities, occupations, social and religious groups that have enhanced the Cleveland landscape. Connie Sancetta, secretary of CIAO (Cleveland Italian Ancestry Organization) and volunteer assistant to Pamela, will offer research advice for tracing ancestors within the Northeast Ohio […]

Italian Language Classes – WRHS Members

The Western Reserve Historical Society is pleased to offer a series of Basic Italian Language Classes, taught by Serena Scaiola, a native speaker of Italian with many years of teaching experience at all levels in several local Universities.

Italian Language Classes

The Western Reserve Historical Society is pleased to offer a series of Basic Italian Language Classes, taught by Serena Scaiola, a native speaker of Italian with many years of teaching experience at all levels in several local Universities.

Italian American Tour at Lake View Cemetery

Pamela Dorazio Dean, Associate Curator for Italian American History at the Western Reserve Historical Society, will spotlight notable Northeast Ohio Italian immigrants buried at Lake View Cemetery on this tour. After the tour, enjoy a reception at the Italian American brotherhood club.  This tour is hosted by Lake View Cemetery.  More info

Italian American Women’s Networking Event

Italian American Women’s Network 5th Annual Networking Event Benvenuta!  – Welcome! Join the ladies of the Italian American Women’s Network for their 5th annual networking event. Benvenuta!  is an evening to share good food and drink and socialize with Italian American women from Northeast Ohio. Highlights of the evening include: Guest speaker Connie Sancetta, longtime volunteer of […]

Italian American Archives

Italian American Archives The Italian American Collection was established in 2005 through the generosity from the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation, the Italian American Cultural Foundation, and the Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America. It preserves and documents the heritage and culture of Italian Americans and their families, organizations, and businesses in northeast Ohio. […]

Resources for Women’s History

Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) is Cleveland and Northeast Ohio’s premier storyteller of our region’s past, with six sites located in four counties. Founded in 1867 as the trusted steward of Northeast Ohio history, WRHS is one of the largest and most diversified historical societies in the United States. We prioritize people, place and purpose. […]

Y Hoops?!

Photo: Buildings YMCA Old Central Building 1900s, Photo courtesy of the WRHS Archives.   By John J. Grabowski, Ph.D., Historian/Senior Vice President for Research and Publications, Western Reserve Historical Society The NBA All Star Game’s arrival in Cleveland in February provides a good reason for looking at the history of basketball – and, that history […]

Raiders of the Lost Art

By John Lutsch In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt. When his financial patron Lord Carnarvon, who was looking over Carter’s shoulder asked if he could see anything inside, Carter replied, ‘Yes, wonderful things.’ The Crawford’s Macedonia Restoration and Storage Facility may have little in common […]

Toy Exhibit Will Bring Nostalgia for Holidays Past

By Pamela Dorazio Dean, MA, CA Curator of Italian American History   A special exhibit on view at the Cleveland History Center for the Holiday Season features popular toys from the 1960s to the 1980s, which often ended up under the Christmas tree or given as Hanukkah gifts.  For the people who were kids during these […]

Cleveland’s Columbus Day Parade

By: Pamela Dorazio Dean, MA, CA   The earliest Christopher Columbus Day event was held in 1892, as revealed by a review of The Plain Dealer archives.  On the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ 1492 voyage, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation that the United States would mark the occasion as a holiday.  Following this, cities across […]

Before Expedia: Travel Bureaus and Immigrants

By: John Grabowski, PhD Krieger Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History  CWRU Historian/Senior Vice President for Research and Publications, Western Reserve Historical Society Editor, Encyclopedia of Cleveland History In the last twenty-five years the travel industry has seen enormous changes.   Self-booking via the internet has become the way “to go” in terms of arranging transport […]

The Guardians of Traffic

By: Pamela Dorazio Dean WRHS Curator of Italian American History / Director, IAMCLE   What are the Guardians of Traffic? The Guardians of Traffic are eight large figures sculpted on four Berea sandstone pylons on the Hope Memorial Bridge, formerly Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, in Cleveland, Ohio. Two sets of Guardians face the east and the other […]

Fall Container Garden Workshop

Get ready for a cozy fall with this colorful container garden workshop! Participants will receive a beautiful, and reusable, Italian terra cotta planter and a curated selection of fall decorations, foliage and inviting annual plantings, including bright mums, ornamental kale, and pansies! Workshop includes all supplies, a demonstration of the planting process with step-by-step instructions, […]