Founded on the shores of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland’s growth as a major American city was fueled and influenced 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 also a greater civilization with a vibrant culture.

Cleveland History Days (CHD) is an annual celebration of our city’s rich legacy. Created in 2018 by Tim Donovan and Tom Yablonsky, the inaugural year featured 32 programs over ten days. ­Since then, the celebration has grown to comprise 27 organizations offering nearly 40 spectacular programs and events.

From Friday, June 24 to Sunday, July 3, visitors can take tours, listen to lectures, and marvel at the major contributions that have brought us to where we are today, including:

  • The people: industry magnates, civic leaders, immigrant workers, artists, architects and engineers;
  • The infrastructure they designed, built and used to make this city great;
  • The influence Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River had on all of the above.

This year’s CHD was made possible by the financial support of several organizations and individuals from the community.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 23 – Pre-Cleveland History Days events

History on Tap | Pride

5pm ● Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Image courtesy of WRHS

Join us at the Cleveland History Center on June 23 for a historic happy hour celebrating Cleveland’s LGBTQ+ community, from its origins to the modern day. Network with the LGBTQ+ organizations within the community and explore our museum galleries and special pop-up displays to learn about the LGBTQ+ trailblazers represented in the WRHS collection. A cash bar will be available (beer and wine only), and light refreshments will be offered for purchase.

General Admission: $20; WRHS Members: $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.wrhs.org/events/history-on-tap-pride-2/

Open Road: The Lure of Motorcycling in Ohio

Now through September 30, 2022 ● Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center

The new exhibit presents unique and rarely-seen motorcycles sourced from both local and private collections. Some of the bikes are very rare, with histories involving round-the-world adventure or wheel-to-wheel competition. Don’t miss your chance to see this beautiful collection of unique machines that is sure to be intriguing for motorcycle riders and non-riders alike.

Ticket for admission required: https://cletix.com/organizations/cleveland-history-center

NOTE: Cleveland History Days’ attendees can save 20% off their general museum purchase when tickets are bought in advance at cletix.com. Use code “CLEHISTORY22” to receive the discount. 

Friday, June 24

Cleveland History Days’ Opening Ceremony

10:30am ● Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland OH 44106
Join us as we kick off the 4th Annual Cleveland History Days.

Free to attend. To learn more about visiting the Cleveland History Center, please visit: www.wrhs.org/events/ 

Garrett Morgan and His Entrepreneurial Legacy

12pm – 1pm ● Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland OH 44106
This luncheon will begin with a screening of THE INVENTOR, a 15-minute short film that screened at the 46th Cleveland International Film Festival. A moderated conversation with members of the Morgan family will follow.

There is a cost to attend, and registration is required: https://cletix.com/events/garrett-morgan-and-his-entrepreneurial-legacy-6-24-2022

Take A Hike® at Public Square

12pm – 12:45pm ● Starts in front of REBol Urban Cafe
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Public Square.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: TakeAHikeCLE.com

Cozad-Bates House Tour- SOLD OUT

1:30pm – 2:30pm ● 11508 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106
Take a guided tour of the Cozad-Bates House, the only remaining pre-Civil War House in University Circle. Learn about the development of a new interpretive center that highlights this area’s history of activism on the Underground Railroad and honors those seeking freedom through indoor exhibits and outdoor installations – and take a sneak peek at future phases.

Free to attend; registration and waivers required. Please visit: www.universitycircle.org/historydays2022

Saturday, June 25

Cuyahoga River Rally

10am – 5pm ● Hart Crane Memorial Park, 1820 Merwin Ave in The Flats

Image courtesy of Canalway


Join us at Hart Crane Park for a full day of fun along the river. The Cuyahoga River Rally celebrates the progress of the Cuyahoga River, the history of Cleveland’s shipbuilding industry, and the recreational and lifestyle enhancements clean water provides. Tickets are not required to enter the event, however, advance registration for tours is required, as space is limited.

FREE! Tickets are not required to enter the event, however, advance registration for some tours is required, as space is limited. For full event schedule and to register for specific events, visit canalwaypartners.com/cuyahoga-river-rally/

Take A Hike® – University Circle Tour

10am – 11:30am ● Starts at Wade Oval Information Center, 10820 East Boulevard, Cleveland
Enjoy a guided walking tour of University Circle.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: TakeAHikeCLE.com 

Black American Civil Rights Trail

10am ● Cory United Methodist Church, 1117 E 105th St, Cleveland, OH 44108

Passionate about historic preservation? The Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) and Cory United Methodist Church invite you to join us for a deep exploration as we “poke around” the historic 95,000-square-foot worship place—a crucible of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Visit the sanctuary where Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his first speech after being released from Birmingham jail; Malcolm X first delivered his famous Ballot or the Bullet speech, and Thurgood Marshall championed equal pay for black and brown folk in 1950. Displays of historic artifacts, photographs, as well as an introduction to the incredible partnership between the congregation and the Cleveland Restoration Society, will also be presented.

Free to attend; however, registration is required: https://clevelandrestoration.charityproud.org/EventRegistration/Index/8998

Legacy, Landmark + Landscape: A Lake View Cemetery Guided Tour – SOLD OUT

10am – 11am ● 12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland; meet at Main Administrative Offices
Lake View Cemetery welcomes you to join us for a guided walking tour, exploring the history of our founding as a park for the living, being open to all, and how that legacy continues today.

Cost + Registration
Event is free. Registration is required: Lakeviewcemetery.com

Cleveland Baseball History

10am – 2pm ● Baseball Heritage Museum, 6601 Lexington Ave. Cleveland Ohio, 44103

A day-long celebration of Cleveland sports history led by brilliant authors and historians: March Bona, Ken Krsolovic, Bryan Fritz, Scott Longert and Wayne Pearsall. Learn and explore the origins of baseball in Cleveland.

10:00am           Wayne Pearsall – Cleveland Buckeyes History
11:00am           Scott Longert – Cleveland Indians and Municipal Stadium History
12:00pm          Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz – League Park History
1:00pm             Marc Bona – Hidden History of Cleveland Sports

This is a free event with a suggested donation of $10. Registration is preferred but not required. To learn more about the Baseball Heritage Museum, please visit: https://baseballheritagemuseum.org/

Sunday, June 26

Take A Hike® at Cleveland Civic Center District Tour

10am – 11:30am ● Meet at Mayor Tom Johnson statue on Public Square, across from the Old Stone Church
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Cleveland Civic Center.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: TakeAHikeCLE.com

Open House at the Historic B&O Roundhouse

Image courtesy of Ken Yandek

11am – 4pm ● The Historic B&O Roundhouse, 2800 West 3rd Street, Cleveland 44113
The Midwest Railway Preservation Society invites you to learn how railroads helped make Cleveland become an industrial giant. Enjoy a tour of the roundhouse and railyard. Short train rides will be available on Sunday, June 26 but cannot be offered during Saturday, July 2 open house.

Requested Sunday admission:

  • $10 for adults
  • $5 for children 5-12
  • Free for kids 4 and under

Registration is preferred but not required: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/16741/midwest-railway-preservation-society

River Valley Bike Tour – led by Jim Sheehan Ohio City Bike Co-op – SOLD OUT

1pm – 3pm ● Meet @ Ohio City Bike Co-op, 1840 Columbus Road 
A casually paced, 13-mile group ride on quiet streets and the emerging Towpath Trail Greenway, led by the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op. Visit historic landmarks on both sides of the Cuyahoga River shipping channel, including an overlook of the site of the 1952 Cuyahoga River fire (the BIG one) and the Canal Basin.

Rental bikes available, contact 216-830-2667 or info@OhioCityCycles.org

Registration required. Register for the 6/26 Sunday Social and Cleveland History days Tour here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunday-social-rides-cycle-canalway-tickets-348258268857

Image courtesy of Judith Khaner

Cleveland Sacred Spaces, led by noted Church Historian, Tim Barrett

2pm ● St. Stanislaus Church, 3649 E 65th St, Cleveland, OH 44105
Cleveland’s melting pot of cultures has given us places of worship that rival those found in great European cities. An iconic example of this legacy is St. Stanislaus Church in Slavic Village, a

 neighborhood previously known as Warszawa in honor of its Polish heritage.

Free to attend but registration is requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/334499225187

Fabulous Forties: A Tribute to Freddy Martin

2pm – 4:30pm ● Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Enjoy oldies but goodies at our Flashback to the Fabulous Forties with Joseph Rubin and His Orchestra and vocalist Jay Spencer!

For the first time in Cleveland in 50 years, the concert will feature the original arrangements of Freddy Martin and His Orchestra. A Cleveland native, Freddy Martin was raised in a Springfield orphanage and returned to his birthplace of Cleveland for high school. Martin had a 50-year career including a 25-year engagement at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles.

Ticket for admission required: https://www.wrhs.org/events/fabulous-forties-a-tribute-to-freddy-martin/ 

NOTE: Cleveland History Days’ attendees can save 20% off their general museum purchase when tickets are bought in advance at cletix.com. Use code “CLEHISTORY22” to receive the discount. 

Monday, June 27

Cleveland Historic Hotels – SOLD OUT

12pm – 1pm ● Starts at The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade, 401 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland has one of the largest concentrations of historic buildings on the National Register of Historic places that have been converted from their original use into hotels. Come take a walking tour of these architectural treasures led by Tom Yablonsky, Cleveland Historic Preservation Advocate. .

Free to attend; registration requested but not required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clevelands-historic-hotels-tickets-334521220977 

Tremont’s Lincoln Park Mural: Public Art, Local History, & Inclusive Community Engagement

4pm – 5:30pm ● Meet at the gazebo in Lincoln Park
During this program, Tremont History Project introduces artist/project organizer Angelica Pozo who will showcase this expansive tile mural installation featuring dozens of original illustrations of historic landmarks, explain the process of inclusive community engagement, and discuss collaboration with local artists in celebrating community history. 

Free; registration not required.

Ukrainian Museum-Archives Open House

4pm – 8:30pm ● 1202 Kenilworth Avenue
Stop by and take a tour of the museum’s collection of archives and artifacts.

Free; registration not required.

Take A Hike® – Tremont Neighborhood Tour

6pm – 7:30pm ● Starts at Sideyard Park, 1370 Abbey Avenue
Enjoy a 90-minute guided walking tour of the Tremont neighborhood.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: TakeAHikeCLE.com

Tuesday, June 28

Warehouse Anthology Public Art Project Tour

12pm – 1pm ● Meet on the patio in front of Cosentino’s Market
Take a tour of the Anthology public art project in the Warehouse District, led by Tom Yablonsky, co-creator of the project. Visit five different public art installations that highlight the creativity of the artist, Corrie Slawson.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/warehouse-anthology-public-art-project-tour-tickets-339082864977

Take A Hike® – North Coast Harbor

6pm – 7:30pm ● Starts at Otto Graham statue at First Energy Stadium
Enjoy a guided walking tour of North Coast Harbor.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: TakeAHikeCLE.com

Wednesday, June 29

Music Hall Tour

12pm – 1pm ● Cleveland Music Hall, enter at the East 6th and St. Clair Ave entrance
Led by Perspectus Architecture, the tour will focus on the 1928 Frank Walker (Walker and Weeks) and Frederic H. Betz and J. Harold McDowell-designed addition to the 1922 Public Auditorium. Featuring a rare double-sided stage, the Romanesque and Baroque facility hosted national acts like Bob Dylan, Cream, and Janis Joplin.

Free; no registration is required.

Take A Hike® at Cleveland’s Grand Department Stores

6pm – 7:30pm ● Starts at The Arcade, 401 Euclid Avenue
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Cleveland’s department stores.

Cost + Registration
Event is free; however, registration is requested: TakeAHikeCLE.com

History of Advocacy in Cleveland

6:30pm – 8pm ● Starts at Metropolitan Coffee Shop, 4744 Broadview Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109
For the past 40 years, Cleveland has been battling to save its architectural heritage. Many of these battles have been won, some have been lost, and there are still more being waged today. Come hear a presentation of these local challenges. The discussion will be led by Tom Yablonsky, whose 38-year career in historic preservation advocacy, assisted in the re-development of nine downtown National Register Historic Districts.

Event is free; registration is requested but not required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-of-advocacy-in-cleveland-tickets-339260787147

Thursday, June 30

Erieview Preservation Showcase

Image courtesy of MIT Libraries

3:30pm – 5:30pm, with reception to follow ● 45 Erieview (corner of E. 9th and Lakeside)
An exploration of adaptive reuse projects and historic rehabilitation incentives in the Erieview Historic District. The presentation will discuss the creation of downtown’s newest National Register Historic District, which highlights mid-century modern architecture.

Attendees will learn of the benefits of historic designations and the financing tools that are available to them. Applications for CEU credits for both real estate and architecture professionals have been submitted.

A reception with complimentary beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres will follow the tour, allowing for more casual follow-up discussion with speakers and other participants. Attendance limited to 75 people.

This event is sponsored by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

$35/person in advance, $40/person day of tour. To register, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/erieview-preservation-showcase-tickets-339290877147

Take A Hike® at Playhouse Square

6pm – 7:30pm ● Meet in front of the Hanna Building, 1422 Euclid Avenue
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Cleveland’s theater district.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: TakeAHikeCLE.com

Practical Dreamer: William Stinchcomb and the Creation of the Cleveland Metroparks

7 – 8:30pm ● Canalway Center, 4524 East 49th St., Cuyahoga Hts.

Cleveland Metroparks Historic Photo Collection

From his early years growing up on Cleveland’s near west side to his leadership in creating and developing the young park system into one of the nation’s best, William Stinchcomb was truly a “practical dreamer.” Learn about this man to whom we owe our beloved “Emerald Necklace.”

Free to attend. Registration is preferred but not required: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/calendar/2022/cwc/june/practical-dreamer-william-stinchcomb-and-the-creat 

 

Cleveland Stories: The Irish Invade Cleveland and Transform It

5pm – 8pm ● Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave, Cleveland (West bank of the Flats)
Delve into Cleveland’s rich Irish history with author and historian Margaret Lynch. Margaret will share details about how the Irish came to Cleveland, and what they did to transform it.

Delve into Cleveland’s rich Irish history with author and historian Margaret Lynch. Margaret will share details about how the Irish came to Cleveland, and what they did to transform it.

No cost to attend the program but table reservations are required. Doors open at 5pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7pm. In addition to the regular dinner menu, a Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option is available for just $20. For complete details and to register, click here: https://musicboxcle.com/event/irish-invade-cleveland/

Friday, July 1

Infamous Cleveland Bridge Wars Walk

10am ● Cleveland Flats area meeting point: In front of Merwin’s Wharf Restaurant, 1785 Merwin Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113
Historian Judy MacKeigan explores the sites of the 1836 bridge war when Ohio City and Cleveland went to battle over the newly built Columbus St. Bridge. Hear about this odd bit of Cleveland History as you enjoy the views of the river and the Flats. Hike is 1.5 miles on a paved surface.

Free to attend. Registration is preferred but not required: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/calendar/2022/cwc/july/infamous-cleveland-bridge-wars 

Take A Hike® – Public Square Tour

12pm – 1:30pm ● Starts in front of REBol Urban Cafe
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Public Square.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: TakeAHikeCLE.com

Ohio City Walking Tour Preview – SOLD OUT

2pm – 3:30pm ● Meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2600 Church Avenue
Enjoy a preview of the Ohio City Take A Hike® that will run in August/September, led by Patrick Shepherd. The program will include an overview of Ohio City’s history and a reception will follow at Bookhouse Brewery.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ohio-city-preview-tickets-339331919907

Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row on Euclid Avenue, presented by Dan Ruminski

4pm – 5pm, with reception to follow ● The Mather Mansion at Cleveland State University, 2605 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
For more than 80 years, Cleveland’s Millionaire’s Row on Euclid Avenue was one of the grandest streets in all world history. The name “The Row” or Millionaire’s Row referred to over 300 mansions that were built along a 4-mile stretch of Euclid Avenue, starting from Public Square and ending around East 105th Street.

Learn more about these opulent mansions from local expert Dan Ruminski in the living room of the Mather Mansion at Cleveland State University, one of the few remaining remnants of the era.

Cost is $15 per person. Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clevelands-millionaires-row-on-euclid-avenue-presented-by-dan-ruminski-tickets-321413515477

Saturday, July 2

Take A Hike® – University Circle Tour

10am – 11:30am ● Starts at Wade Oval Information Center, 10820 East Boulevard, Cleveland
Enjoy a guided walking tour of downtown’s Civic Center District.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: TakeAHikeCLE.com

Sidaway Bridge Tour (at 64th and Opportunity Corridor)

11am ● Meet at Anton Grdina School, 2955 East 71st Street
Take an onsite tour to learn the history of this pedestrian suspension bridge, closed in 1966. An important site in the history of Cleveland’s racial divides, the bridge was also mentioned in the 1976 Federal court order on school desegregation. Note: Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes or hiking boots, as the walk will be over uneven terrain.

Event is free. Registration not required but is requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/360420576647 

Open House at the Historic B&O Roundhouse

11am – 4pm ● The Historic B&O Roundhouse, 2800 West 3rd Street, Cleveland 44113
The Midwest Railway Preservation Society invites you to learn how railroads helped make Cleveland become an industrial giant. Enjoy a tour of the roundhouse and railyard.

Requested Sunday admission:

  • $10 for adults
  • $5 for children 12 and under
  • Free for kids 4 and under

Registration is preferred but not required: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/16741/midwest-railway-preservation-society

Daniel Burnham’s Mall Symposium             

2pm – 4pm, reception to follow ● Stokes Auditorium at the Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Avenue
Come learn about the effort by Placemark Collaborative to designate Cleveland’s Historic Mall and Group Plan as a National Historic Landmark (NHL), the highest designation by the National Parks Service. The program will include a presentation by Placemark Collaborative and a community discussion led by Tom Yablonsky and Shannon Nichol, FASLA.

Ms. Nichol is an internationally renowned landscape architect who created the winning design for the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago; was design lead on Boston’s North End on the Rose Kennedy Greenway; was the lead on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s campus. Of local note, she was on the project team for the redevelopment of Cleveland’s Convention Center and Malls B and C, which were completed in 2013.

Event is free; registration not required but is requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/daniel-burnhams-mall-symposium-tickets-339342491527

Sunday, July 3

Take A Hike® – Cleveland Civic Center District Tour

10am – 11:30am ● Meet at Mayor Tom Johnson statue on Public Square, across from the Old Stone Church
Enjoy a guided walking tour of downtown’s Civic Center District.

Event is free; however, registration is requested: TakeAHikeCLE.com

Cleveland Sacred Spaces, led by noted Church Historian, Tim Barrett

2pm ● St. Stanislaus Church, 3649 E 65th St, Cleveland, OH 44105
Cleveland’s melting pot of cultures has given us places of worship that rival those found in great European cities. An iconic example of this legacy is St. Stanislaus Church in Slavic Village, a neighborhood previously known as Warszawa in honor of its Polish heritage.

Free to attend but registration is requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/334499225187 

Praying Grounds: African American Faith Communities and St. Adalbert/Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

4pm ● St. Adalbert/Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2347 East 83rd Street Cleveland, OH 44104

This program will focus on the religious, cultural, and architectural history of St. Adalbert/Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, the first African American parish in Cleveland, during 2022—its 100th anniversary year.

The Cleveland History Days’ Closing Ceremony will follow this program.

Free to attend; registration not required.

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Baseball Heritage Museum  
Canalway 
Cleveland History Center
Cumberland Development  
Tim Donovan
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
GBX Group
The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade  
Ohio & Erie Canalway Association  
Tom Yablonsky 
Sandvick Architects

EVENT PARTNERS

Tim Barrett, Church Historian
Baseball Heritage Museum
Canalway 
Cleveland History Center
Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland History Center, headquarters for Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland International Film Festival
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Restoration Society
Destination Cleveland
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
The Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
Lakeview Cemetery
Midwest Railway Preservation Society
Music Bix Supper Club
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Ohio City Bike Co-op
Perspectus Architecture
Placemark Collaborative
The RASHAD Center, Inc., Regennia N.Williams, Historian
Dan Ruminski, The Cleveland Storyteller
St. Adalbert / Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church
Sandvick Architects
Studio 105
Tremont History Project
The Ukrainian Heritage Archives Museum
University Circle, Inc.

Media Coverage

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2022/06/cleveland-history-days-returns-in-full-force-for-summer-2022-with-events-exploring-the-citys-past-present-and-future.html