It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland’s oldest cultural institution and the trusted steward of the rich history of our region. Founded in 1867 on Cleveland’s Public Square, WRHS has been collecting and sharing fascinating stories of Northeast Ohio and America for 150 years.
In May 1867, Clevelander Charles Baldwin convened a group of his peers to organize the historical department of the Cleveland Library Association. Our beginnings were humble. Initially, this small group met in a rented room to form the historical society. For 25 years the organization had no charter and was dedicated to collecting historical articles and artifacts, and to publishing historical papers.
Today, WRHS has six sites located in four counties of Northeast Ohio. With more than one million items in our Library and Museum collections, WRHS has one of the nation’s finest collections relating to the American experience. Our founders little dreamed that the organization they inspired – your Historical Society – would become one of the largest and most diversified historical societies in the United States.
On the occasion of our 150th anniversary, WRHS celebrates 150 years of sharing our stories – stories of immigrants and influencers, civic pride, philanthropy, and responsibility, innovation and creativity, family and community. Please join WRHS as we celebrate 150 years of northeast Ohio history with WRHS 150th Anniversary signature events, festivities, and exhibits that explore our regional heritage and its impact on the American experience. History is made every day, so share your stories. Be a part of history.
President & CEO
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