Dear Friends,

Starting Friday, February 5, 2021, we are pleased to welcome public audiences back to the Cleveland History Center, headquarters for Western Reserve Historical Society.

The health and safety of WRHS’s community of guests, vendors and independent contractors, volunteers, interns, stakeholders, community partners and employees remain our number one priority. We remain committed to following all recommended guidelines from the Cuyahoga and Summit County Boards of Health, State of Ohio, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

All WRHS administrative functions also continue without interruption.  Hale Farm & Village, WRHS’s living history museum in Bath, will reopen for seasonal outdoor activities in March. Please visit for more information.

For 154 years, WRHS has maintained its commitment to preserving and inspiring people to discover American and northeast Ohio history. The public is invited to continue engaging with us online at and @clestartshere. Guests will find access to our region’s stories and your history through our History@home digital resources, Then & Now blog, and social media platforms. Please visit our website regularly for an updated list of programs and events taking place on site and online. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional updates.

As WRHS continues to follow all guidelines recommended by the CDC, federal, state and local health agencies, and comply with State of Ohio and local official mandates we appreciate your continued support and flexibility. WRHS will continue to evaluate our current plans and will continue to keep you appropriately informed.

Please check back often for the most up to date information.

Since March, WRHS has continued to present unique experiences and scholarship through its all new History@Home , an online portal of resources, activities and curriculum for K-12 students, teachers and families, and fun, virtual experiences including gallery tours and exhibits, lecture series, driving tours, blogs, book discussions, how-to videos, and more.

Make Your Voice Heard!

WRHS is collecting stories and materials to document the experiences of Northeast Ohioans’ activism and with the coronavirus. This ‘rapid response collecting’ allows WRHS to document history as it happens, giving voice to people in our region, and preserving those stories for future generations. WRHS is nationally renowned for its diversity of collections, and stories from the community allow us to preserve and share history balanced with a variety of perspectives. To learn more and share a story, visit our website: HERE.