Walking Tour of Historical Buildings

Is it a nice day? Got an hour or two with nothing to do? Here is a PDF document that has the directions for a walking tour of some of Twinsburg's Historical buildings and a little background on each of them. Go explore and learn things.

Download the document here.

Area Events and Programs:


Gigi Coleman, Great-Niece of Aviatrix Bessie Coleman

Cleveland, Ohio - On February 15, 2019, in honor of Black History Month, the International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) will host Dinner with a Slice of History featuring a special presentation by Gigi Coleman, the great-niece of Bessie Coleman, who was the first African-American woman to earn a pilot’s license. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning shortly thereafter. The cost for this event is $15 for IWASM members and $17 for non-members. The museum is located inside Burke Lakefront Airport 1501 N. Marginal Rd. Cleveland, OH 44114. Those interested in attending can RSVP by calling 216.623.1111 or online at www.iwasm.org. Seating will be limited.

Bessie Coleman was born in Texas in 1892 and was one of 13 children. Her parents were sharecroppers. In 1915, Coleman moved to Chicago to live with her brother. She became a manicurist in a local barbershop and often admired the planes flying over the city. Coleman yearned to fly, but she had been denied entrance into American flight schools due to her race and gender. A few years later, Coleman learned French and moved to France where she would later become the first African-American woman to obtain a pilot’s license.

After coming back to the states, Coleman enjoyed performing in various air shows. Although having survived multiple crashes, Coleman lost her life in 1926 during a test flight, when the plane spiraled out of control and she fell to her death.

To carry on the legacy of Coleman, her great-niece, Gigi, performs at various locations, portraying her great-aunt and inspiring those around her to achieve their dreams. Her reenactment is a one-woman show and showcases the life of Bessie. The show is comprised of three acts. Act 1 portrays Bessie’s childhood growing up in Texas. Act 2 shows Bessie’s journey to France to obtain her pilot’s license. Lastly, Act 3 discusses Bessie returning to America where she hoped to open a flight school prior to her untimely death.

The 2019 Dinner with a Slice of History series is made possible from the residents of Cuyahoga County through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport, only seconds from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center. The mission of IWASM is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future. In 1986 the museum opened in Centerville, Ohio. IWASM was welcomed to the City of Cleveland, Ohio in 1998, where you will find their home at Burke Lakefront Airport. Exhibits are in the lobby at Burke, as well as the west concourse, and are accessible seven days a week. For additional information please visit www.iwasm.org.

Music of the American Civil War

Have you ever experienced the transformative power of music, feeling as though you've been swept away to another place and time?  Musician and Civil War re-enactor Timothy Krugman takes his audience back to the 19th century with period instruments and melodies in a free public program on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:15 p.m.  The event is hosted by the Oberlin Heritage Center and takes place at Kendal at Oberlin's Heiser Auditorium (600 Kendal Drive).  All are welcome.
Krugman, who appears in the uniform of a Union soldier, performs with guitar, banjo and vocals while sharing insights about the role of music on the Civil War battlefield and revealing how the mood of the nation and song shifted over time. 
A resident of Elyria, Ohio, Krugman has been a professional musician for more than 50 years and presently specializes in music of the mid 19th century performed on period correct instruments.  He is a four-time Minnesota Senior State Champion and a two-time Ohio runner-up Senor State Champion in the Old Time Fiddle category.  Follow Tim on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TimK28HistoricalMusic/.

Find out more about this and other upcoming Heritage Center events by visiting www.oberlinheritagecenter.org  or calling (440) 774-1700.


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The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society

Cordially invites you and your family to join us for the following lectures and programs in the 2019 Spring series.
Please join us on the 2nd Saturdays of the month.


Feb. 9th:

Folk Customs of Hungary Dr. Enikő Bus, Fulbright Scholar
Hungary has a rich and colorful tradition of folk customs. Dr. Bus will speak about the annual cycle of traditions that are celebrated in Hungary. Starting with the New Year, virtually every month is rich with traditions pertaining to both the calendar year as well as the life cycle. We will discuss how these traditions have been modified over the years and still celebrated in many meaningful ways.

Mar. 9th:

Hungary in the EU: Expectations and Challenges and the 2019 Parliamentary Elections Dr. Zsolt Hetesy, Department Chief of Mission, Hungarian Embassy Dr. Hetesy will discuss the meaning of membership in the European Union (EU). He will describe how the EU is structured; what the advantages and obligations of membership are; how representatives are elected to the European Parliament; what the different political parties and groups in the EU are; and how Hungarians in Hungary view the EU today; and why there is continued criticism, and even the threat of censure toward Hungary.

Apr. 13th:

Being Hungarian in Cleveland
Endre Szentkirály, PhD, author and researcher Chronicling the history of Cleveland Hungarians, Dr. Szentkiralyi looks at the community historically and sociologically via in-depth research into its language and literature, culture, and traditions, with a focus on the years from 1950 to the present. He documents contemporary Cleveland Hungarians’ culture, values, language use, and traditions and analyzes which elements serve to perpetuate their community and slow assimilation. The lecture will encapsulate what it means to be Hungarian in Cleveland. Today, its extensive roots – significantly shaped by succeeding generations – run deep, and this research attests to the fact that it is still thriving. The lecture will address recent developments in the community and offer a hopeful outlook for its changing and enduring future.

May 11th:

George Szell: One of the greatest orchestra builders of the 20th century Marcia Hansen Kraus, author, and musician Marcia Hansen Kraus has recently published a book about George Szell, the Cleveland Orchestra's towering presence for over a quarter of a century. Ms Kraus, herself a musician and married to an oboist who worked under George Szell, narrates wonderful stories and personal anecdotes related to this great conductor. She illuminates Mr. Szell's stature as a conductor and artist in her book. Mr. Szell is credited with transforming the Cleveland Orchestra from an essentially regional institution into one that was equal to any orchestra in the world. He accomplished this with charisma, driving ambition, and high standards of excellence. In the words of one reviewer, Ms Kraus's book is "filled with vivid backstage stories, George Szell's Reign reveals the human side of a great orchestra - and how one visionary built a premier classical music institution."

All Lectures are in English.

All lectures are held at the Hungarian Heritage Museum, in The Galleria, Downtown Cleveland,
with coffee and refreshments following each presentation.

On these days the Museum is open from 1-4 pm; $5 parking is available in the Galleria underground garage.

Suggested donation: $10 for adults and $5 for students.

A viszontlátásra!!!! See you soon!!

Twinsburg Historical Society and Museum

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve Gallery
1834 E 123rd St Cleveland, OH 44106
216.721.9020 / info@ArtistsArchives.org

Title of Exhibition: Working Women: Gerte Hacker & Elise Newman
Dates:  January 25th – March 2nd, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, January 25th, 5:30 – 8:00pm

With the proliferation of women in contemporary art, it is hard to remember a time when gender inequality was truly rampant, and few women dreamed of supporting themselves with their creative endeavors.

Elise Newman and Gerte Hacker were exceptions.  As women, they made a living off their art in Northeast Ohio when it was almost unheard of to do so. Though Hacker and Newman worked in different media, they shared a passionate, entrepreneurial spirit which allowed them to negotiate the world of art as women in mid-century America.

Hacker began her career studying painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art with Rolf Stoll, one of Ohio’s foremost portrait painters and received additional training at the John Huntington Polytechnic Institute and Cleveland College. She quickly accumulated accolades in her field, including awards from the Butler Institute of Art, the Canton Museum of Art, and an honorable mention in portraiture from Cleveland Museum of Art’s famous May show.

Like many women artists of the time, Hacker was forced to balance the pressures of homemaking with creative expression, eventually setting up a studio in her attic and painting in the afternoons while her children were at school.  It was the early 50’s when Hacker moved from painting to producing enamels.  While citing this change as the pursuit of “unlimited color and three-dimensional design”, it is likely that the decision was economically motivated. It had become apparent that her son, Jim, had profound developmental disabilities and needed special care well beyond the family’s current means. Enamels were small, consumable, and able to be sold to housewives and executives alike, as everything from earrings to ashtrays- even commemorative Christmas plates.

It is Hacker’s enamels that brought her international fame and allowed her to support her family though her husband’s illness and eventual death.  A wizard at self-promotion, Hacker opened her studio to the public and began marketing herself to galleries and major department stores. Her craftsmanship and design soon garnered the attention of retailers such as the Higbee Co., Marshall Field & Co., Cowell & Hubbard, and Lord & Taylor, who purchased and distributed her jewelry, cigarette, and home accessories in major cities across the country.  The Higbee Co. later commissioned a series of enamel trays that were presented as gifts to the governors of each state for use in their mansions, as well as bowls that were given to dignitaries in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Osaka.

Hacker was famous for her miniature portraits and landscapes, a throw-back to her original passion for painting, executed in stunning multi-dimensional color and created by fusing layer upon layer of pigment on copper plates.  Working Women will feature a series of these enamels, as well as decorative pieces and early paintings and portraiture.  The exhibition will also feature examples of her later work, when she returned to her first love of painting, as she said, “purely for her own enjoyment.”

Elise Newman was another regional female artist who cut her way through the red tape of the male dominated art world. Newman’s education was primarily in graphic design. Born in Louisville, KY in 1922, Newman moved to South Africa with her parents, where she finished an art education program at Witswaterand College, Johannesburg before winning a scholarship to the Studio School of Fashion Illustration in Cincinnati, OH. After graduating with honors, Newman took a job in 1944 as a graphic designer at the Guttman Candy Company.

Like Hacker, Newman also found an economic outlet for her talent in the department stores of the time. Newman worked as a fashion illustrator for the A. Polsky company in Akron, Ohio as well as for the Halle Brothers Co., Cleveland’s leading large-scale commercial retailer.  Her crowning professional achievement, however, came in 1967 when she opened the Elise Newman Gallery, an independent business located on Cleveland’s famed Murray Hill for 30 years.  Newman’s gallery was a flagship institution in Little Italy, one of the first neighborhoods to gentrify using the creative community as a spearhead.

The same courage and independence that empowered Newman to work in the arts, fed her love of experimentation and innovation. Though Newman was known for her intricate water colors, which she exhibited widely and received international acclaim, she worked in many milieus.  Elise explains: “To limit oneself to a sole medium would seem to me limiting my progress and transformation in art forms. Every medium pursued by artist has merit. Through my work I want to try everything. I have a tremendous curiosity….One of the principles that define my work is a prized line by poet Robert Browning, ‘Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?’”

Elise’s background in fashion design influenced her decision to work with batik, a medium that is featured widely in Working Women.  Also on view will be a series of her prints, water colors and mixed media pieces.

This exhibition not only provides a buffet of colorful, eye catching period artwork, it provides a window onto how women were able to negotiate the world they were given, finding pathways to pursue their passion, and to make it a profession. A campus-wide opening reception will be held in conjunction with the sculpture center on Friday, January 25th, 5:30 - 8:00pm.    

About the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve:  The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is a unique archival facility and regional museum that preserves representative bodies of work created by Ohio visual artists and, through ongoing research, exhibition and educational programs, actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public.  

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Ohio Art Dealers Association, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support. 

Thank you for your consideration!  For more information or high resolution images, please contact:
 Megan Alves.  Gallery & Archives Coordinator info@ArtistsArchives.org or
Mindy Tousley.  Executive Director mindy@ArtistsArchives.org