Cleveland History Days kicks off on Friday, June 21st with a short opening ceremony and the Burning River Festival at the old Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island and concludes with the closing ceremonies on Sunday, June 30th at the 2nd annual Kupala Ukranian Heritage Festival in Tremont. There are a variety of events and activities planned for the duration that include the 40th annual Tri-C JazzFest, Blazing Paddles on the Cuyahoga River, Author’s Night at the Music Box Supper Club, a program about the 1995 Cleveland Indians at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park, the annual tour of the Detroit-Superior Bridge, walking tours and bike tours throughout the downtown area and two open houses at Midwest Railway Preservation Society. The complete list of events is listed here.  Note – some details are still being ironed out, so check back.

Cleveland’s history is America’s history. Predicted for greatness by George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. A city founded on the shores of Lake Erie. Shaped by a crooked Cuyahoga River that defined its identity and grew its wealth. A wealth fueled by the many immigrant groups that settled here. It is a city that emerged from the Gilded Age as a leader in policy and programs, building not only a great city but a greater civilization. This same river would catch fire on a hot summer day in June of 1969. It became a poster child of a national movement to save the environment. Today, industrial freighters share a clean Cuyahoga River with wildlife and recreational watercraft. Cleveland is writing a new chapter in its comeback story. Visit Cleveland History Days and explore a downtown of restored architectural wonders and a transforming river valley.

Friday, June 21

10 AM

Opening Ceremony – Cleveland History Center, Headquarters of Western Reserve Historical Society

First Annual Induction ceremony – Cleveland Heroes; History Buff contest

5 PM-12 Midnight

Burning River FestHistoric Coast Guard Station, Whiskey Island

The Great Lakes Burning River Fest returns for its 17th year of music, beer, and community at one of the most beautiful waterfront locations in Cleveland.


 

Saturday, June 22

7 AM – 11 AM

Blazing Paddles – Rivergate Park

Blazing Paddles is a standup paddleboard, canoe & kayak celebration held on the Cuyahoga River, a historic body of water that’s risen like a phoenix from its ecological low-point in 1969. You’ll be on a curvy, 5.7-mile urban course that flows past a unique mix of riverfront sites where iconic pyramids of sand and stone stand in contrast to paved paths and green-spaces. The scenic course with sweeping views of downtown Cleveland will take you under 10 bridges spanning the river before you reach the turnaround point – THE location of the 1952 Cuyahoga River fire, the infamous image that’s often used as a visual stand-in for the much smaller June 22, 1969 fire. There is also a 2-mile event for casual paddlers.

Blazing Paddles is part of the City of Cleveland/Sustainable Cleveland‘s Cuyahoga50 community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences taking place throughout 2019. Events will continue to be added, including anniversary week (June 19-23, 2019), so check their events site regularly. https://www.cuyahoga50.org/2019-events


Meet @ Rivergate Park, 1785 Merwin Ave.

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10AM – 11:30 AM

Take a Hike®, University Circle – led by Bob Kenderes/Nick Tribuzzo

Explore Wade Park, the green heart of Cleveland’s cultural district, and Uptown, its vibrant commercial center along Euclid Avenue. Meet Adella Prentiss Hughes and learn about the founding of The Cleveland Orchestra and the creation of its home at Severance Hall. See firsthand how classic meets contemporary in this dynamic neighborhood with over $4 billion of recent developments.

University Circle is easily accessible by public transit and bike. Look for the flower shaped bike racks in front of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. If you don’t have a bike, consider bike share through UHBikes. The nearest UHBikes station is on Wade Oval in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Street parking is available along Wade Oval Drive, East Blvd and Magnolia Drive. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland History Center all have parking garages nearby. For more information about getting to and around University Circle, please visit ugointhecircle.com.

Take A Hike, University Circle
Meet @ Wade Oval Information Center: 10820 East Boulevard.

Take a Hike®, Gateway District – led by Kira Hennessey

Learn about the Gateway District’s incredible architecture, such as The Arcade and the 5th Street Arcades, East 4th Street, historic dime stores, such as Woolworth’s and Kresge’s, the transformation of the Garfield Building, the story of Rose’s Folly and more. Home to Quicken Loans Arena, Progressive Field, six hotels, unique stores and over 60 restaurants and bars, the Gateway District is the most visited neighborhood in Downtown Cleveland. Mayor Tom Johnson or inventor Garrett Morgan may drop in for a visit along the way. You may wish to visit one of the Gateway District’s fabulous restaurants for lunch after your tour.

The tour meets inside the doors on the Euclid side of the Arcade. Suggested parking can be found across from Quicken Loans Arena between Huron Road and Prospect Avenue, in the parking garage of 200 Public Square on Superior Avenue or in the 515 Euclid garage at the corner of East 6th Street and Euclid Avenue. Street parking in the same areas is available, and meters are free on the weekends. Please read any event parking related signage closely to be aware of any special restrictions.

Meet @ the Arcade: 401 Euclid Avenue

10 AM – 5 PM

Hidden History Revealed

Detroit-Superior Bridge Tours

Enter lower deck of bridge from Superior Viaduct – by St. Malachi Church

Superior Viaduct Tour

Tours every hour/on the hour – led by Frank Piccirillo
Meet on Superior Viaduct – down the street from St. Malachi Church
Time: 10 AM/11 AM/12 noon/1 PM/2 PM/3 PM /4 PM 

11 AM – 12 Noon

Towpath Trail Groundbreaking/NEORSD Pump Station – Canal Basin Park

Join dignitaries in ceremonies for final stage of the Towpath Trail and new Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Pump Station.

12 noon – 5 PM

Canal Basin Park

Tours every hour, on the hour – led by Tom Yablonsky
Meet @ in front of the Flat Iron Cafe, 1114 Center St.
Time: 12 Noon/ 1 PM/ 2 PM /3 PM/ 4 PM 

1 PM – 2 PM

Cleveland’s Historic League Park, Baseball Heritage Museum 

The 1995 Cleveland Indians: The Sleeping Giant Awakes

After almost 40 years of sub-500 baseball, the Sleeping Giant awoke in 1995, the first season the Indians spent in their new home of Jacobs Field. To celebrate, 40 different SABR authors and editors recently released a book that will transport you back in time to 1995, providing biographies of all the players, coaches, and broadcasters that evoke that glorious era once again for Tribe fans. The volume is also sprinkled with personal perspectives, as well as game stores from key matchups during the 1995 season, information about Jacobs Field, and other writing of interest on the historic season. On June 22, one of these authors, Kelly Boyer Sagert, will take you behind the scenes to share her contributions.

 

Meet @ Cleveland’s Historic League Park, 6601 Lexington

 

6 PM – 11 PM

Burning River Fest – Historic Coast Guard Station, Whiskey Island

The Great Lakes Burning River Fest returns for its 17th year of music, beer, and community at one of the most beautiful waterfront locations in Cleveland.


 


Sunday, June 23

10 AM – 11:30 AM

Take a Hike®, Canal Basin Park, led by Ron Reisenger

Enjoy tales from the early days of Cleveland while learning about Moses Cleaveland, the Cuyahoga River, beautiful bridges, the historic B&O Rail Station and plans for a 25-acre park and the extension of the Towpath Trail. Be sure to bring your camera for some stunning photo opportunities. Mayor Carl Stokes may share some background on his life and the Clean Water Act, which developed following the 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire. Mary Kelley may also share stories of her husband, Alfred Kelley, the father of the Ohio & Erie Canal, during your tour.


Meet @ Flat Iron Café: 1114 Center Street


 

 

11 AM – 1 PM

Monumental Bike Tour (TBD) – led by Joe Duffy

Bike tour around Cleveland’s public art installations. Bikes can be rented from Cleveland Bike Tours. Call 1-330-532-8687

Meet @ E 9th St. Pier/North Coast Harbor Tours

Monday, June 24

6 PM – 7 PM

Cleveland’s Original Civic Space.  A History and Tour of Public Square – led by Patti Hart

In less than an hour, take a walking tour uncovering 222 years of history along the perimeter of Public Square. You’ll learn about astonishing historical events that took place in this small, less than 10-acre plot of land! Stand on the same land that animals used for pasture; where Presidents were viewed as they lie in state; where tall architectural towers were built and others imploded; and where street lights illuminated a city for the first time anywhere. Also, where Cleveland, against all odds, became the best location in the nation!

Meet @ Tom Johnson Statue

7 PM – 9 PM

Authors’ Night at The Music Box Supper Club

“Storytellers” featuring local authors Laura DeMarco, Lauren Pacini, John Grabowski, and James Bedol.
Moderator: Mike Miller
Doors open @ 5pm, dinner, drinks. The event is free, but reservations are recommended. 

RSVP to Author’s Night http://www.musicboxcle.com/event/cleveland-history/

Meet @ Music Box Supper Club 1148 Main Ave.

Tuesday, June 25

10 AM – 5 PM

Cleveland History Center/Western Reserve Historical Society

Featuring content they have regarding the Cuyahoga River and its clean up: in their collection and through two current exhibits: “Cleveland Starts Here” and “Carl & Louis Stokes making History”.

 

2 PM – 3 PM

Cleveland Public Library Tour – Celebrating 150 Years – led by Joseph Parnell

Guided tour of the Main Branch of Cleveland’s stunning, historic library which was founded in 1869. This Cleveland treasure boasts amazing architecture, awesome book collections and a wonderful staff!

The tour will take visitors through the Main Library and the TechCentral (MakerSpace) in the Louis Stokes Wing. Visitors will also enjoy the terrific Puppet Exhibit underway.

Meet @ The lobby of the Main Library: 325 Superior Avenue

6 PM – 7:30 PM

Take a Hike®, Civic Center Tour – led by Tom Yablonsky/Tim Donovan

Learn about the historic and beautiful Old Stone Church, the Free Stamp, Cleveland’s unique public art piece, and Veterans Memorial Plaza with its striking fountain. You’ll be amazed at both the grand architecture and the green spaces of the Civic Center as you stroll past the Board of Education Building, Public Auditorium, Cuyahoga County Courthouse, the Cleveland Convention Center, the Global Center for Health Innovation and much more. Architect Daniel Burnham, Coach Paul Brown, the first coach of the Cleveland Browns, and/or Librarian Linda Eastman will be featured on this tour.

Street parking and parking lot options can be found in the surrounding area near West 3rd, Frankfort, West 6th and St. Clair. Upon arrival at the tour meeting location, enter Old Stone Church through the doors on Public Square. For information about traffic routes and detours related to Public Square, click here. Taking public transportation to or parking in Tower City Center is also an option, as Old Stone Church is a short walk across Public Square.

Meet @ Old Stone Church: 91 Public Square


Wednesday, June 26

12 Noon – 2 PM

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

TBD program

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet @ Rock Hall Plaza Beer Garden

4 PM

Cleveland’s Millionaire’s Row, presentation by Dan Ruminski

Cleveland once boasted of its Millionaire’s Row where some of the nation’s richest people lived.

Meet @ the Mather Mansion, 2605 Euclid Ave.

 

6 PM – 7:30 PM

Take a Hike®, Warehouse District – led by Tom Yablonsky

Admire breathtaking architecture as you learn about the historic Garment District, hardware industry and beautiful Victorian-style buildings of Cleveland’s First Neighborhood. Learn about Warehouse District projects and the beginning of preservation efforts in Cleveland. Home to fabulous restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and close to 3,000 residents, the Warehouse District is a charming and lively neighborhood.

Tour attendees may have the pleasure of meeting John D. Rockefeller or Levi Johnson along the tour route. Plan to visit one of the Warehouse District’s renowned dining establishments or bars while you are in the neighborhood.

Convenient street parking and parking lots are available along West 9th Street and West 10th Street.

Meet @ Constantino’s: 1278 West 9 Street


 

Thursday, June 27

2 PM – 3 PM

Cleveland Public Library Tour – Celebrating 150 years, Main Library – led by Joseph Parnell

Guided tour of the Main Branch of Cleveland’s stunning, historic library which was founded in 1869. This Cleveland treasure boasts amazing architecture, awesome book collections and a wonderful staff!

The tour will take visitors through the Main Library and the TechCentral (MakerSpace) in the Louis Stokes Wing.

Meet @ the lobby of the Main Library, 325 Superior Ave.

 

Cleveland Historic Preservation Showcase (site TBD)

2:30 PM –  4:30 PM, with reception to follow 

The Cleveland History Days Historic Preservation Showcase will tell the story of the Superior Avenue Historic District. This unique arts district is on the east end of downtown north of Cleveland State University. The current redevelopment has used multiple historic preservation tools including the federal and state historic tax credits as well as historic conservation easements. Tour will include stops at multiple historic structures showcasing development in arts, commercial and residential projects.

Key projects complete in this district include: Tower Press and GBX Headquarters, a future potential historic rehabilitation in the Artcraft Building. Topics to be covered include the process through which these tools are accessed and applied to historic adaptive reuse projects, potential challenges in their implementation, and common misconceptions about the programs.

A reception with complimentary beer, wine and light hors d’oevres will follow the tour, allowing for more casual follow-up discussion with speakers and other participants. Attendance limited to 75 people. AIA Continuing Education: 2 hours of HSW Learning units.

Sponsored by Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, Co-Sponsored by AIA Cleveland and Cleveland Restoration Society.

$34/person in advance, $40/person day of tour

To register contact: kcole@canalwaypartners.com

Meet @ 2230 Superior Ave.

 

6 PM – 7:30 PM

Take a Hike®, Playhouse Square

Known for being the second largest performing arts center in the country, Playhouse Square boasts even more than incredible theatres. Learn about the past grandeur of Euclid Avenue, renowned department stores, such as Halle’s, Bonwit Teller and Sterling Linder, important social clubs, such as The Union Club, the awe-inspiring Dazzle the District project and the historic Statler Hotel. Visitors may enjoy special guest appearances by deejay Alan Freed or “Mr. First Nighter” Milton Krantz. See the Playhouse Square neighborhood with new eyes as you gain insight into its past, present and future on this outdoor tour.


Meet @ In Front of the Bulkley Building: 1422 Euclid Avenue


Friday, June 28

11:30 AM – 1 PM, Casual reception following the Tour

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Acclaimed Playhouse Square Theatres, led by Tom Einhouse, Vice President of Facilities and Capital for Playhouse Square

Meet @ The Key Bank State Theatre lobby

6 PM – 7 PM

Cleveland’s Original Civic Space.  A History and Tour of Public Square – led by Patti Hart

A one-hour walking tour uncovering 222 years of history along the perimeter of Public Square. You’ll learn about astonishing historical events that took place in this small, less than 10-acre plot of land! Stand on the same land that animals used for pasture; where Presidents were viewed as they lie in state; where tall architectural towers were built and others imploded; and where street lights illuminated a city for the first time anywhere. Also, where Cleveland, against all odds, became the best location in the nation!

Meet @ Tom Johnson Statue

6 PM

40th Annual Tri-C Jazzfest – Playhouse Square, Ohio Theater

The Tri-C JazzFest 40th anniversary celebration features nine ticketed concerts in Playhouse Square’s historic theaters, with a lineup that includes tributes to Cleveland music legends Bobby Womack and Tadd Dameron. Other festival highlights include a reunion of the original Flecktones; a half-century of funk and soul from Tower of Power; a teenage piano prodigy whose career launched from Harlem’s fabled Apollo Theater; and a show meshing music and tap dance. Check out their line-up here:

Saturday, June 29

10 AM – 11:30 AM

Take a Hike®, University Circle – led by Bob Kenderes/Nick Tribuzzo

Explore Wade Park, the green heart of Cleveland’s cultural district, and Uptown, its vibrant commercial center along Euclid Avenue. Meet Adella Prentiss Hughes and learn about the founding of The Cleveland Orchestra and the creation of its home at Severance Hall. See firsthand how classic meets contemporary in this dynamic neighborhood with over $4 billion of recent developments.

University Circle is easily accessible by public transit and bike. Look for the flower shaped bike racks in front of the Cleveland Botanical Garden. If you don’t have a bike, consider bike share through UHBikes. The nearest UHBikes station is on Wade Oval in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Street parking is available along Wade Oval Drive, East Blvd and Magnolia Drive. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland History Center all have parking garages nearby. For more information about getting to and around University Circle, please visit ugointhecircle.com.

Meet @ Wade Oval Information Center: 10820 East Blvd


Take a Hike®, Gateway District – led by Kira Hennessey

Learn about the Gateway District’s incredible architecture, such as The Arcade and the 5th Street Arcades, East 4th Street, historic dime stores, such as Woolworth’s and Kresge’s, the transformation of the Garfield Building, the story of Rose’s Folly and more. Home to Quicken Loans Arena, Progressive Field, six hotels, unique stores and over 60 restaurants and bars, the Gateway District is the most visited neighborhood in Downtown Cleveland.

Mayor Tom Johnson or inventor Garrett Morgan may drop in for a visit along the way. You may wish to visit one of the Gateway District’s fabulous restaurants for lunch after your tour.

 

 

 

 

Meet @ the Grand Arcade: 401 Euclid Avenue

 

11 AM – 4 PM

Midwest Railway Preservation Society Open House

Get guided tours of the site and learn how railroads helped make Cleveland an industrial giant. Climb on board an original, elegant “parlor coach” from the 1920s and hear the famous history of the “4070” locomotive. Event details and directions.

Meet @ 2800 W. 3rd St. Cleveland, OH 44113

12 Noon – 11 PM

Kupala Ukranian Heritage Fest – Tremont/ Lincoln Park  (Day 1)

Kupala Ukrainian Fest is a celebration of Cleveland’s rich immigrant history, in the heart of where so many diasporas had their start: Tremont! Enjoy an assortment of authentic Ukrainian cuisine and beers, followed by two full days of performances by local and visiting musicians and dance collectives. The festival will benefit two local non-profit charities, the Ukrainian Museum-Archives and the Cleveland Maidan Association, creating a positive impact both on a local and global scale. $10 Adults, $5 Children 3-13, Children under 3 free.

Meet @ at the Ukrainian Museum-Archives: 1202 Kenilworth Avenue  

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 PM – 2:30 PM

Cleveland’s Ethnic Legacy – Cleveland’s Church Architecture Matching the Homelands from which they Came – led by noted Church Historian, Tim Barrett

Fantastic opportunity to take special guided tour of the beautiful St. John’s Episcopal Church, whose legacy includes being one of the final stops for the Underground Railroad before slaves boarded boats bound for freedom in Canada. 

Meet @ St. John’s, 2800 Church Ave.

6 PM

40th Annual Tri-C Jazzfest – Playhouse Square, Ohio Theater

The Tri-C JazzFest 40th anniversary celebration features nine ticketed concerts in Playhouse Square’s historic theaters, with a lineup that includes tributes to Cleveland music legends Bobby Womack and Tadd Dameron. Other festival highlights include a reunion of the original Flecktones; a half-century of funk and soul from Tower of Power; a teenage piano prodigy whose career launched from Harlem’s fabled Apollo Theater; and a show meshing music and tap dance. Check out their line-up here:


Sunday, June 30

10 AM – 11:30 AM

Take a Hike®, Canal Basin Park – led by Ron Reisenger

Enjoy tales from the early days of Cleveland while learning about Moses Cleaveland, the Cuyahoga River, beautiful bridges, the historic B&O Rail Station and plans for a 25-acre park and the extension of the Towpath Trail. Be sure to bring your camera for some stunning photo opportunities. Mayor Carl Stokes may share some background on his life and the Clean Water Act, which developed following the 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire. Mary Kelley may also share stories of her husband, Alfred Kelley, the father of the Ohio & Erie Canal, during your tour.

Meet @ Flat Iron Café: 1114 Center Street

11 AM – 4 PM

Midwest Railway Preservation Society Open House

Get guided tours of the site and learn how railroads helped make Cleveland an industrial giant. Climb on board an original, elegant “parlor coach” from the 1920s and hear the famous history of the “4070” locomotive. Event details and directions.

$10 Adults, $5 Children 3-13, Children under 3 free

Historic B&O Roundhouse
Meet @ 2800 W. 3rd St. Cleveland, OH 44113

 

11 AM – 1 PM

River Valley Bike Tour – led by Jim Sheehan Ohio City Bike Coop

Jim will lead a cycling tour of the Cuyahoga River Valley – East & West, interacting with its rich history on streets and the emerging Towpath Trail Greenway. Family friendly for anyone comfortable riding in a group and in traffic. Helmets are required, and available to purchase or borrow at the start. Free event; donations fund bike safety education. Rental bikes, child trailers and trail-a-bikes available; contact info@OhioCityCycles.org or 216-830-2667 before 6/26.

Meet @ Ohio City Bike Co-op, 1849 Columbus Road  

12 Noon – 8 PM

Kupala Ukranian Heritage Fest – Tremont/ Lincoln Park (day 2)

Kupala Ukrainian Fest is a celebration of Cleveland’s rich immigrant history, in the heart of where so many diasporas had their start: Tremont! Enjoy an assortment of authentic Ukrainian cuisine and beers, followed by two full days of performances by local and visiting musicians and dance collectives. The festival will benefit two local non-profit charities, the Ukrainian Museum-Archives and the Cleveland Maidan Association, creating a positive impact both on a local and global scale. $10 Adults, $5 Children 3-13, Children under 3 free.

Meet @ at the Ukrainian Museum-Archives: 1202 Kenilworth Avenue  

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM – 3 PM

Take a Hike® – Tremont: The Immigration Story – led by Tim Donovan

Spend 90 minutes hiking through Tremont and learning the history of immigration and industry.

Meet @ the gazebo in Lincoln Park

4 PM

Closing Ceremony of Cleveland History Days & Kupala Ukranian Heritage Fest

Winners of the first Cleveland History Buffs awarded – winners must be present.


Stay in Cleveland Historic Hotels during Cleveland History Days:

Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade, is offering 20% off for Cleveland History Week

Holiday Inn Express ClevelandMarriott Residence Inn, The Tudor Arms Hotel

Thank you to the sponsors of Cleveland History Days: