I have a confession. I have lived in Cleveland all my life and I have yet to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the history of the city. Until now, I recently paid a visit to The Western Reserve Historical Society. Cleveland’s oldest existing culture institution. With their primary focus being the preservation of Northeast Ohio’s history. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walk through the doors, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised. As soon as I walked in you are greeted by a Cleveland Icon, a 28 foot Chief Wahoo, The Cleveland Indians Mascot. Which use to grace the top of the stadium. I am a die hard Cleveland sports fan, and to see this up close and fully lit up, was great. Yes, he is a controversial image, for what some perceive the logo and its representation of Native Americans to be a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping. As I continue on my journey , my next stop was the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection. Over 150 automobile, motorcycles, planes, boats and artifacts. Displaying how Northeast Ohio was an important part in the various stages of development in the transportation industry. Words can’t describe, how far we come. I posted my favorites, but if you want to see more great pics click (here). There is an Entrepreneurship in the Western Reserve exhibit , that spotlight individuals who took a chance of making it on their own by creating business and gaining economic growth. Which is where the story of the creation of the Call and Post is highlighted , a local newspaper created by local African-Americas including inventor Garrett A. Morgan.The Call and Post provided extensive coverage of the social and religious life in the African-American community. Next on the list was the, 1964: When Browns Town was Title Town Exhibit. As I was not even born during this wonderful time in Cleveland sports history. I am estactic to be able to see, a championship ring and game day memorabilia. With 3 time Cleveland Brown Pro Bowler Hanford Dixon on site to sign autographs and take pictures. The exhibit will be available through February 2015, for more info click (here). I love fashion, so I was very happy to see : In Grand Style: 35 luxury and historic costumes from 1870-1930, that were worn by Clevelanders after the Civil War. From sketches, accessories, shoes and fabulous gowns, its a must see. Lastly, The Euclid Beach Grand Carousal. After 45 years after the park closed, the restoration of the carousal make it looks good as new, colorful, and fully operable. Bringing excitement to those young and mature who came to lay eyes on this piece of Cleveland history. And yes I did go for a ride! There is much more to see and I hope you take some time to visit The WRHS, and gain some Cleveland culture and history. In Observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, the WRHS will be offering free membership. So no time like the present!
So Until Next Time,