• October 2017 Events

    Fall 2017 Events

    Cosponsored by Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, Cleveland Heights Historical Society and Heights Library

    CHHS Local History Programs Fall 2017 PDF

    Doan’s Corners
    Monday, October 2nd, 7 p.m.
    Heights Main Library, 2345 Lee Road
    Speaker:  Dennis Sutcliffe

    Originally known as Doan’s Corners, the area began as a stagecoach stop on the road from Buffalo to Cleveland. In the first half of the 20th Century it became an entertainment Mecca offering Clevelander’s a taste of New York City high-life. By the 1970’s it was referred to as an “inner-city Disneyland’ and was the flash-point for battles with the city’s power structure. Today it is part of the sprawling campus of Cleveland Clinic. Program includes audio clips from famous celebrities who performed in the neighborhood.

    Ghost Stream Bicycle Ride, Featuring Dugway Brook
    Sunday, October 8th, 1-3 p.m., RAIN OR SHINE
    Meet at Coventry Library, southeast corner of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Coventry Road
    LIMITED AVAILABILITY; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, CALL 216.325.7781 AFTER September 5th
    Tour leader:  Roy Larick, Bluestone Heights

    When Cleveland and the Heights were being built, covering and culverting streambeds was the norm.  But traces of Dugway Brook can be seen in the Heights.  On this ride, you’ll see what remains above ground of Dugway in the Heights and learn what’s hidden.  You’ll also learn about recent EPA requirements for our “ghost streams”.  The ride will point out some of the institutions that crowded out Dugway. Bike helmets are highly recommended.  Signing the Heights Bicycle Coalition’s liability waiver is required.

    Designing an Appropriate Addition for an Old House
    Monday, October 9th, 7 p.m.

    Noble Library, 2800 Noble Road
    Speakers:  Trudy Andrzejewski, Cleveland Restoration Society & Kara Hamley O’Donnell, City of Cleveland Heights

    Planning an addition for an older home can be tricky. We help you with important elements such as scale, massing and trim details that blend the old with the new. We will share ideas for the addition of a first-floor bathroom or bedroom and explain zoning regulations that apply. Functional issues for new square footage and surviving the temporary inconveniences of construction will also be addressed.

     
    Designing an Appropriate Addition for an Old House
    Tuesday, October 24th, 7 p.m.

    Heights Main Library, 2345 Lee Road
    Speakers:  Trudy Andrzejewski, Cleveland Restoration Society & Kara Hamley O’Donnell, City of Cleveland Heights

    Planning an addition for an older home can be tricky. We help you with important elements such as scale, massing and trim details that blend the old with the new. We will share ideas for the addition of a first-floor bathroom or bedroom and explain zoning regulations that apply. Functional issues for new square footage and surviving the temporary inconveniences of construction will also be addressed.

    Integration Experiences
    Wednesday, October 25, 7 p.m.
    Heights Main Library, 2345 Lee Road
    Panel: Rev. Jimmie Hicks, Jeanne Madison, Susanna Niermann O’Neil & others

    Learn about Cleveland Heights’ integration during the 1960s & ‘70s from people who were there as they share their experiences in our neighborhoods, schools, organizations and government.  We invite those who have their own integration stories to share them with the group after the panel discussion.

  • May 2017 Preservation Month Events

    Preservation Month 2017

    Cosponsored by Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, Cleveland Heights Historical Society and Heights Library

    Cleveland Heights House History Workshop
    Monday, May 1st, 7 p.m.
    Heights Main Library, 2345 Lee Road
    Speaker: Kara Hamley O’Donnell, City Planner, City of Cleveland Heights

     Using local research tools as well as online sites, this workshop will teach participants how to research their home’s history, including when it was built and by whom, its many owners and how to locate historic photos.  We will also learn how to use Plain Dealer indexes to find out what may have happened at a property – –anything from home sales to lost pets or even exciting society events.  Participants who preregister and provide their home’s address will be provided some basic advance information to start a search on their property; others can receive the information at a later date.  Preregister after April 1 at 216.291.4878.

     

    Guided Tour of East Cleveland Township Cemetery
    Saturday, May 6th, 10 a.m. – 11ish
    Meet at 1621 East 118th Street, Cleveland – just north of Euclid Avenue
    Speaker: Nancy L. West (Adams), Vice President & Secretary of East Cleveland Township Cemetery Foundation

    East Cleveland Township Cemetery was founded in 1859 to serve the Township.  As part of that Township’s breakup, the section where the cemetery is located was annexed to Cleveland in 1892. The cemetery is closely connected with Cleveland Heights history, as many of the earliest settlers in what is now Cleveland Heights are buried there. The Foundation’s mission is to provide education and patriotic events for the community pertaining to its historic heritage in an urban park setting. Parking is available at the cemetery’s entrance, and we shall meet in the Chapel – the restored Spanish-style building nearby.

     

    “The South Overlook Gang”: A Book Talk
    Monday, May 8th, 7pm
    Noble Neighborhood Branch, 2800 Noble Road
    Speaker: Richard Karges

    Local author Richard Karges will discuss his book “The South Overlook Gang” and share stories of growing up in the South Overlook neighborhood in the 1950s and ’60s “when neighbors knew neighbors, kids played outdoors and milk trucks delivered fresh dairy to your door”. A book signing will follow.

     

    Interior Painting in an Older Home
    Monday, May 15, 7 p.m.
    Heights Main Library, 2345 Lee Road
    Speakers:  Margaret Lann & Trudy Andrzejewski, Cleveland Restoration Society

    Have you ever imagined what the interior of your house looked like originally? Maybe you would like to redecorate and be “sensitive” to your house’s architectural style. This program will explore various trends of historic painting and take a look at different types of paint & finishes. Also learn proper technique for prepping surfaces, repairing plaster, stripping wood work and analyzing paint samples.

     

    Forest Hill Quarry 1938

    Cleveland Heights Rocks & Waters 2017: Compton Creek
    Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. – noonish RAIN OR SHINE.
    Meet at the north end of the Cleveland Heights Community Center parking lot, 1 Monticello Blvd
    LIMITED AVAILABILITY; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, CALL 216.291.4878 AFTER APRIL 20
    Tour leaders: Roy Larick, Korbi Roberts and Jim Miller

    Join us for a walk of ‘Compton Creek,’ the Dugway tributary that flows through the Park Synagogue site and reappears in Forest Hill Park. Compton Creek begins at a pond on Crest Road. Lower down, Park Synagogue straddles a sandstone waterfall. In Forest Hill Park, the stream tumbles over bluestone to join Dugway. We will walk Compton’s geology, history and ecology.

    Noble School

    The Noble Neighborhood and Nearby, 1874-2017
    Thursday, May 25, 7 p.m.
    Heights Main Library, 2345 Lee Road
    Speaker:  Marian Morton, Professor Emeritus of History, John Carroll University

    The history of the Noble neighborhood, and nearby, is familiar: from farms and quarries to suburban homes, distinctive shops, and distinguished public buildings.   Yet its past and present are also unique, encompassing an unsuccessful effort to secede from Cleveland Heights in 1916; graceful murals by Works Progress Administration artists at Oxford School; an abandoned dump that became Denison Park and pool and then a soccer field; Protestant churches that reflect the neighborhood’s racial and ethnic diversity; and architecture that ranges from simple nineteenth-century farm houses to architect-designed homes in the Inglewood Historic District.