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
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.

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