Celebrating the Past & Looking to the Future at WRHS



Thinking about our region’s past and future always leads you to the door of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

While the Cleveland History Center in University Circle and Hale Farm and Village in Bath Township are planning an announcement about re-opening to the public, there’s no need to wait to experience their riches.

Check out their virtual exhibits like Si Jolie; French Fashion in Cleveland, and learn how French fashion inspired some Clevelanders to travel abroad, inspired the golden age of department stores, and symbolized just how important fashion had become in the Sixth City. You’ll travel to Europe like everyone did, on an ocean liner, then learn about a dress fitting with one of the biggest names in fashion, and how Parisian fashion played a critical role in the development of Cleveland department stores like Higbee’s and Halle Brothers. Get your ticket for the full virtual experience.  Details.

Participate in one of their online classes like Cleveland- The Evolution of a City by historian John Grabowski every Thursday in June, starting June 4. The four-session course gives an overview of Cleveland history and puts its iconic people, places and events into the broader context. New books provide important perspectives on issues from race and urban decline to suburbanization and environmental issues. Details.

History on Tap: Cleveland in the Roaring 20’s brings a cocktail-infused presentation to life right on your laptop or tablet, complete with drink recipes.

The engaging Then & Now blog brings history alive with current relevant stories in context. Read about Women boutique owners in the 1920’s, this history of the legendary Karamu Theatre, convertibles, Cleveland beaches, and more  Details.  Have the posts sent right to your email here.

You can even tell your own COVID-19 story and share photos, videos and anecdotes about how you and your family are surviving the pandemic. Share your story here.

You do know you’re making history right now, don’t you?


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