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 22

Opening Ceremony

Unveiling of the Hart Crane Sculpture, refurbished with the help of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). Potential City of Cleveland Announcement of the 50 year anniversary of Cuyahoga Fire happening in 2019

Opening Remarks – Inaugural Cleveland History Days

Meet at the stage in the Cleveland Rowing Foundation at 4:00pm

Share the River Ramble

You’re invited to the 2nd Annual Share the River Ramble, a 2 1/2 & 5-mile participatory connect-the-dots, run/walk of the Cuyahoga River riverfront along segments that have either been recently changed to a park/bike path or are being considered for such (i.e. Irishtown Bend). Rivers and trails are the arteries that connect people and communities to their natural resources. The Ramble physically connects people to the evolving transformation of Cleveland’s riverfront that in some ways is unrecognizable from that June 22 day in 1969.

The Ramble’s intent is to encourage the public to enjoy their natural resources, parks, and paths but it’s also intended to provide a focus on several themes central to Share the River’s “branding Cleveland as a waterfront city” mission:

– the importance and demonstrable impact of common sense environmental regulations
– the value of public investments in clean water infrastructure (like NEORSD’s Project Clean Lake).
– the positive impact of engaged, long-term recreational use of the Cuyahoga River
the benefit the above three have on Cleveland’s appeal 1) as a city where people want to work, live and play in and 2) as a tourism destination.

The Flats
Meet @ the Cleveland Rowing Foundation
Rivergate Park, 1785 Merwin 
Time: 5:00pm — 11:00pm

REGISTER NOW!


Saturday, June 23

Blazing Paddles

Blazing Paddles is a standup paddleboard race 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 racing 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 newly created 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 race’s turnaround point – THE location of the 1952 Cuyahoga River fire, the infamous image that’s used as a visual stand-in for the much smaller June 22, 1969 fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the 5.7-mile race, Blazing Paddles will offer a shorter 2-mile paddle for casual paddleboarders and kayakers. Our spectator village will host technique and safety clinics, and demos of paddle products while H2O stakeholders share info on their respective missions. And yes, there will be music. And beer.

The Flats
Meet @ the Cleveland Rowing Foundation
Rivergate Park, 1785 Merwin
Time: 9:00am — 11:00am

REGISTER NOW !

 

Take a Hike, University Circle

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.
Time: 10:00am — 11:30am

 

Take a Hike, Gateway District

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.

 

 

Take A Hike, Gateway District
Meet @ the Arcade: 401 Euclid Avenue
Time: 10:00am — 11:30am

Hidden History Revealed

Visit unique sites by car or by bike, with four short tours starting on the hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ArcelorMittal Steel Heritage Center (Tim Donovan)
Meet @  Steelyard Commons 
Time: 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm / 3:00 pm

Canal Basin Park  (Tom Yablonsky)
Meet @ near the Flat Iron Cafe
Time: 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm / 3:00 pm 

Mill Creek Falls (Joe Duffy)
Meet @ the corner of Warner Road and Turney Road
Time: 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm / 3:00 pm

Superior Viaduct
Meet @ down the street from Saint Malachi’s Church (Frank Piccirillo)
Time: 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm / 3:00 pm 


Sunday, June 24

Take a Hike, Canal Basin Park

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canal Basin Park
Meet @ Flat Iron Café: 1114 Center Street
Time: 10:00am — 11:30am


Monday, June 25

Cleveland’s Original Civic Space.  A History and Tour of Public Square.

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!

Public Square
Meet @ Tom Johnson statue
Time: 6:00pm — 7:00pm

Authors’ Night at The Music Box

Author’s Night is one of 20 unique events being celebrated during Cleveland History Days

Local Authors featured: John Grabowski, Laura DeMarco, and Alan Dutka.
Moderator: Mike Miller
Doors open @ 5pm, dinner @ 7pm

The event is free to attend, but reservations are recommended.

RSVP to Author’s Night

Meet @ Music Box Supper Club

Tuesday, June 26

“Cleveland Starts Here sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation”

Cleveland History Center/Western Reserve Historical Society

For Cleveland History Days, WRHS is offering a special $5 off admission

Cleveland Public Library Tour

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.

Cleveland Public Library
Meet @ The lobby of the Main Library: 325 Superior Avenue
Time: 2:00pm — 3:00pm

Take a Hike, Civic Center Tour

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.

 

 

Civic Center
Meet @ Old Stone Church: 91 Public Square
Time: 6:00pm — 7:30pm

 

 


Wednesday, June 27

15th Annual Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon Forum

Nationally known and thought provoking speaker, Ed McMahon, who holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. presents “Authenticity and Place: The New Formula for Community Revitalization”

Read Ed McMahon’s Bio

Registration starts at 11:30am, located in the Metropolitan at The Nine

 

The Nine
Meet @ Metropolitan at The Nine
Time: 12:00pm — 1:30pm

REGISTRATION

 

Take a Hike Lunch, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

Come out to the Plaza beer garden for a lakefront lunch with live music by local artists. As part of the celebration of Cleveland History Days, don’t miss a special edition of Take A Hike including stories about Cleveland’s legendary Rock & Roll history.

Meet @ Rock Hall Plaza Beer Garden
Time: 12:00pm — 2:00pm

 

Take a Hike, Warehouse District

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.

 

 

Warehouse District
Meet @ Constantino’s: 1278 West 9 Street
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

 


Thursday, June 28

Cleveland Public Library Tour

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.

Cleveland Public Library
Meet @ The lobby of the Main Library: 325 Superior Avenue
Times: 10:30am — 11:30am & 2:00pm — 3:00pm 

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

Casual reception following the Tour
Meet in The Key Bank State Theatre lobby
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playhouse Square
Meet @ In Front of the Hanna Building: 1422 Euclid Avenue
Time: 6:00pm — 7:30pm


Friday, June 29

Cleveland Preservation Showcase

The Cleveland History Days Historic Preservation Showcase will tell the story of Euclid Avenue’s ongoing rehabilitation through the adaptive reuse of its historic buildings. New life has been breathed into downtown Cleveland’s signature street over the past decade, with struggling office buildings converted to incorporate residential, hotel and entertainment uses, attracting a new generation of residents and visitors. The Historic Preservation Showcase will highlight the success of these efforts in a walking tour of Euclid Avenue between East 6th Street and Playhouse Square, with interior access to several significant projects including the recently completed Garfield Building and Marble Room, the Halle Building (pending) now nearing completion, and the grand bank halls of the former Union Trust Building, for which a major rehabilitation is currently being planned. Referencing these and other projects, the speakers will discuss the critical role of historic preservation tools and incentives in the overall planning and financing of developments along Euclid Avenue, including National Register designation, federal and state historic tax credits, and historic conservation easements. 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.

Meet at 5th Street Arcades / East 6th & Euclid Ave.
$34/person in advance, $40/person day of tour

AIA Continuing Education: 2 hours of HSW Learning units

To register contact: kcole@canalwaypartners.com
Time: 2:30pm — 4:30pm, with reception to follow 

Cleveland’s Original Civic Space.  A History and Tour of Public Square.

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!

Public Square
Meet @ Tom Johnson statue
Time: 6:00pm — 7:30pm

 

Saturday, June 30

Take a Hike, University Circle

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.

University Circle
Meet @ Wade Oval Information Center: 10820 East Blvd
Time: 10:00am — 11:30am

 

Take a Hike, Gateway District

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Gateway District
Meet @ the Grand Arcade: 401 Euclid Avenue
Time: 10:00am — 11:30am

Ukrainian Heritage Festival – Tremont/ Lincoln Park 

The Cleveland Ukrainian Heritage Festival 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. In addition to its charitable goal, the festival will also be a part of the first city-wide celebration of Cleveland’s place in history, acting also as the closing ceremony of Cleveland History Days.

Meet @ the stage at the Ukrainian Museum-Archives: 1202 Kenilworth Avenue  Time: 12:00pm — 11:00pm

Cleveland’s Historic League Park, Baseball Heritage Museum 

Meet Larry Doby

Bring the whole family for stories and activities celebrating the legacy of Larry Doby, the first African American player in the American League.

Family storytime at 2 pm with a reading of the book Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game by Chris Crowe.

About the book: The year is 1948, and Homer and his daddy are baseball crazy. Ever since last season, when their man Larry Doby followed Jackie Robinson across baseball’s color line and signed on with their team, the Cleveland Indians, it’s been like a dream come true. And today Larry Doby and the Indians are playing Game Four of the World Series against the Boston Braves! With a play-by-play narration capturing all the excitement of that particular game — and the special thrill of listening to it on the radio with family at home — Chris Crowe and Mike Benny craft a compelling tribute to an unsung legend. Kid-friendly and vividly illustrated, this long-overdue biography, featuring an extensive bibliography and historical note, illuminates the effect Larry Doby had on his fans as both a baseball hero and a champion for civil rights.

Cleveland’s Historic League Park.
Stories and activities about the first African American player in the American League.
Time: 12:00pm — 2:00pm

The Legacy of Larry Doby

In celebration of the 71th anniversary of his signing with the Cleveland Indians, this presentation will discuss the career highlights of the second African American to play Major League baseball and and the first in the American League. Presented by Isaac (Ike) Brooks, this program is free and open to the public and is made possible, in part, through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) A THIS is League Park program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

League Park
Meet @ East 66 Street / Lexington Avenue
Time: 1:00pm — 2:00pm

 

Cleveland’s Ethnic Legacy – Cleveland’s Church Architecture Matching the Homelands from which they Came

Church Tours

Fantastic opportunity to take special guided tours of two spectacular historic churches in Tremont, led by noted Church Historian Tim Barrett.

St. Michael’s Church
Meet @ 3114 Scranton Road
Time: 10:00am 

Pilgrim Church
Meet @ 2592 West 14th Street
Time: 1:00pm 

Finding Home- The Untold History of Cleveland’s African-American Seniors

A professional storyteller with Broadway School of Music & the Arts will engage program participants (seniors, both with the Broadway School and the Village) to share stories of their personal journey of finding “home” as an African American senior now living in Cleveland. We will incorporate the story of our historic founder, Eliza Simmons Bryant, by showing a brief video clip about Eliza Bryant Village, to share her story. The storyteller will also engage the audience. The target audience for both Broadway School and the Village is community members ages 30-55.

Eliza Bryant Village
Meet @ 7201 Wade Park Avenue
Time: 2:30pm — 4:00pm


Sunday, July 1

Take a Hike, Canal Basin Park

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.

Canal Basin Park
Meet @ Flat Iron Café: 1114 Center Street
Time: 10:00am — 11:30am

 

Ukrainian Heritage Festival – Tremont/ Lincoln Park

The Cleveland Ukrainian Heritage Festival 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. In addition to its charitable goal, the festival will also be a part of the first city-wide celebration of Cleveland’s place in history, acting as the closing ceremony of Cleveland History Days.

Meet @ Ukrainian Museum-Archives: 1202 Kenilworth Avenue
Time: 12:00pm — 8:00pm

 

 

 

Closing Ceremony

Lincoln Park

Includes test of Tremont Take a Hike tour- immigration story.

Meet @ stage at the Ukrainian Museum Archives.

1202 Kenilworth Ave. Cleveland, OH

Time: 1:00pm. 

Take a Hike

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

Meet @ the gazebo in Lincoln Park
Time: 1:30pm — 3:00pm

Take a Bike

Take A Bike Tremont will launch for Lincoln Park and follow a tour route that interacts with the history of the neighborhood (immigration) and the valley (industry). It will explore these stories by following a route on open streets and paths, in small groups with trained ride leaders from the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op. 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 @ the gazebo in Lincoln Park

Time: 1:30pm — 3:00pm


Stay in Cleveland Historic Hotels during Cleveland History Days: Holiday Inn Express Cleveland, Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade, Marriott Residence Inn, The Tudor Arms Hotel

Thank you to the sponsors of Cleveland History Days: