Final Crooked River Conversation Looks at Cleveland’s Image and Identity

Wed 11/6 @ 5-7PM

The year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the final Cuyahoga River fire is drawing to an end. Among the many activities taking place as part of the Xtinguish celebration has been a series called Crooked River Conversations.

The final one takes place this week at Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation in Parma, where a panel will discuss “Culture, Identity and Coverage.” They’ll take a look at how that fire was covered nationally, how that affected Cleveland’s image and identity, and how that has changed over time.

Panelists include Cleveland State professor Dr. Mark Souther, author of Believing in Cleveland; Elaine Marsh, director of Friends of the Crooked River which has spearheaded river recovery initiatives; and former WKYC-TV3 reporter Joe Mosbrook Sr, who covered the 1969 fire.

It’s free and open to the public. The reception is at 5pm, followed by the panel at 6.


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