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April Open House Program:

Twinsburg Historical Society and Museum

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. (This is an older tour. Some of the buildings are no longer there. We are working on an update to this.)

Download the document here.

Area Events and Programs:

Grand Opening of the Maple Museum of Geauga County

The Geauga County Historical Society is proud to announce the upcoming opening of its newest building and historical display, The Maple Museum of Geauga County.  The Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from noon to 4 p.m.  The public is invited to attend this event free of charge and learn more about Geauga County’s rich and sweet history of maple sugar and syrup production. 

The Museum will include artifacts and early accounts of maple sugaring beginning with the native Americans and continuing through to the modern day, with explanations of the tapping, collection, and boiling processes.  You will learn about the old-fashioned sugaring parties, the success of Ohio maple producers at the 1893 World’s Fair, the Geauga County Maple Festival, the families of the county who have produced the product for generations, as well as the identities of the today’s leading maple syrup makers, the businesses and industries that have supported maple syrup production, and profiles of the Ohio Maple Hall of Fame members.   A variety of art depicting the lore and intrigue of maple sugaring will be displayed.  There will be a number of children’s activities, from reading, to hands-on projects, to search-and-find challenges.  Families with youngsters are encouraged to attend.

There will also be an opportunity to visit the attached sugarhouse which has been used the past four seasons to produce the Society’s annual yield of maple syrup.  Maple stirs will be available for those wishing a taste.  Maple syrup, in various quantities, will be also offered for sale.          

Century Village Museum is located on the southeast corner of Burton Square.  GPS, 14653 East Park Street, Burton, Ohio 44021.  For more information on the Grand Opening of the Maple Museum of Geauga County, call Terri at 440-834-1492.    

Free Guided Tours on Saturdays

 Beginning on May 5, 2018 and ending on October 27, 2018, the Geauga County Historical Society will offer free public tours of its buildings and grounds on Saturdays, with the exception of the Saturdays during the Antique Power Exhibition, the Raccoon County Music Festival, and the Apple Butter Festival.  Tours are scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on these Saturdays.  Space is limited on each tour and the public will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.  The tours will be about one and one-half to two hours in length and will visit as many of the historic buildings as can be reasonably accommodated during the time period.  The public will have the opportunity to choose particular buildings of interest to them to be included on the tour.

This free tour program has been made possible in 2018 by generous donations from three Geauga County families who wished to make these historical tours more available and affordable to the residents of the county and its visitors.

If you have not visited the Society’s Century Village Museum during the past few years, you have missed seeing many improvements in the existing displays and the addition of a number of new exhibits.  Among the buildings that have been completely renovated and restaged are the Hitchcock House, the Boughton House, the Cook House, the Bainbridge Store, the Schoolhouse, and the Ladies’ Friend.  Among the new venues are the Apothecary, the Leather Shop, and the soon-to-be-opened Maple Museum.  The Law House is now the home of our annual Textile Exhibition, which in 2018 will feature the clothing of the World War I period.  Please consider setting aside a Saturday during the next few months to visit the county’s living history museum and become more familiar with the rich history of Ohio’s Western Reserve.

In addition to these free Saturday tours, individual and group tours can be arranged on others days for a fee if $8 for adults and $5 for children age six and older.  Non-Saturday tours are subject to at least three-day advanced notice so that an interpreter can be scheduled to guide the tour.    

Century Village Museum is located on the southeast corner of Burton Square.  GPS, 14653 East Park Street, Burton, Ohio 44021.  For more information on the Society’s tour program, call Terri at 440-834-1492.    



13th Annual Family Day

CLEVELAND, Ohio- The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) will host its annual free community outreach program, Family Day, on May 5, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families can enjoy games, activities, and crafts that will be set up throughout the terminal.

This year’s community resources include Lake Erie Crushers, Lake County Captains, NeoLUG, U.S.S. Cod, NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, University of Akron 3D Printing, Cleveland Airport System (CAS) Fire Department, Walgreens and many more.

 A raffle will be held throughout the day featuring prizes from local businesses, sports teams and area attractions such as Sky Zone, Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Browns, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, United Skates of America and more.

 Special Appearances schedule:

10 to 11 a.m.: Meet Skipper, mascot of the Lake County Captains

11:30 a.m. to Noon: Cleveland Police Department helicopter display (weather permitting)

Noon to 12:30 p.m.: CAS Fire Department presentation outside (weather permitting)

Noon to 1 p.m.: Meet Stomper, mascot of the Lake Erie Crushers

 IWASM’s Family Day event was chosen by NASA’s Glenn Research Center for one of its "Golden Astronaut" promotions. The “Golden Astronaut” ticket makes the ticket holder a candidate to register himself and up to three guests for access to a one-of-a-kind tour of NASA Glenn’s campus on Saturday, September 29 as a part of NASA’s 60th Anniversary celebration. A NASA representative will be on-site randomly distributing tickets during the Family Day event. More details are available at: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/glenn-research-center-celebrates-nasa-s-60th-anniversary

 This year’s event is sponsored by Foresters Financial and Dominion Energy.

The museum offers free admission. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Office, gift shop and research center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

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.

Join a celebration of the “Life of Eleanor Roosevelt”

             Join the Bay Village Historical Society on May 17 as it celebrates the “Life of Eleanor Roosevelt,” an American politician, diplomat and activist.

            Guest speaker Ruth Pangrace will give her portrayal of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving First Lady of the United States during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office.  Eleanor Roosevelt served as the United States delegate to the United Nations, chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She later chaired President Kennedy’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, write a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show and speak at a national convention. Roosevelt was regarded as one of the most esteemed women in history and called, “the object of almost universal respect” in her New York Times obituary.

            The 7 p.m. program will be preceded by a 6 p.m. social hour and potluck dinner at the Bay Village Community House. The historical society will provide the main course of barbecued pulled pork. Guests with a last name beginning with A to L are asked to being an appetizer or dessert for 10 to share. Attendees with a last name beginning with M to Z are asked to bring a side dish. All guests must bring their own place setting.

            Admission is free for Bay Village Historical Society members. If you are not a member, a $5 donation is requested when you arrive at the meeting. Membership is encouraged and the annual fee is only $20. Please RSVP to Steve Ruscher at steveruscher884@gmail.com or 216-346-5645

The Geauga County Historical Society is proud to announce its 2018 fashion exhibition, titled The Great War in Costume, 1914 to 1920. 

The exhibit is the most recent in the annual presentations of the Society and its Textile Committee that include selected costumes and accessories from its extensive clothing collection.

The Grand Opening of this exhibit will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and will consist of the following program:

1.  A presentation by Dixie Lee Davis, well-known local fashion icon and speaker, titled “How WWI Changed Fashion Forever.”

2.  A High Tea.

3.  The first public viewing of this exhibit, as displayed in the Law House.

Tickets for this event will be $35.  Space is limited so be sure to reserve early as an individual or a group.

The exhibit will continue to be open for public viewing, without charge, for the remainder of the summer and early fall of 2018, on Friday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m.  

Century Village Museum is located on the southeast corner of Burton Square.  GPS, 14653 East Park Street, Burton, Ohio 44021.  For more information on the Exhibit or to make reservations for Grand Opening, call Terri at 440-834-1492.    

The Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center Presents:

“They Battled the Flames”

An eight part series on Cleveland Firefighting History and some of the most noticeable fires that have occurred

Join us for Part II The Great Flats Fire of 1884…

The largest fire in Cleveland history help called in from outside

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 2:00 pm at the Museum


310 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

Welcome back spring with “Baskets and Bonnets”

             “Baskets and Bonnets,” the latest exhibit at Rose Hill Museum in Bay Village, celebrates the return of spring and the reopening of the museum for 2018.

            The exhibit, which made its debut on Apr. 15, features bonnets dating back to 1818 through 1940. The bonnet collection has never been displayed and is complemented by baskets from the same period.

            Adding to the display in time for the Bay Village Historical Society’s June 16 “Cahoon in June” antiques, crafts and collectibles show will be a collection of individually boxed miniature vignettes from the Cleveland Miniature Society. The Cleveland chapter of this international organization is accepting members and membership forms will be available at the June show. The local group meets monthly at the Rocky River Memorial Center.

            Rose Hill Museum, 27715 Lake Rd. in Bay Village, is open from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. Group appointments can be arranged. Phone 440-871-7338.

            Membership in the Bay Village Historical Society is open to anyone in the community interested in keeping history alive. Families are welcome. Call 216-386-5997 for membership details.


Title of Pop-Up Exhibition: Marvin Smith: Renaissance Man

Dates: May 11th – May, 19th 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11th, 6:00 – 9:00pm

 The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is proud to present the pop-up exhibition, Marvin Smith: Renaissance Man, a show and sale of the prints, ceramics, and other work by Archived Artist Marvin D. Smith.

Marvin Smith: Renaissance Man was conceptualized by Kelly Pontoni, a non-traditional student in her third year at the Cleveland Institute of Art as part of Creativity Works, a grant-funded internship program that provides professional opportunities for visual arts students.  Pontoni became interested in Smith’s work after meeting the artist’s daughter, Marie, and viewing her vast collection of prints, paintings, creative writing and ceramics that were left after his passing over ten years ago.

Marvin Smith obtained his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1958 and went on to work as an illustrator for American Greetings Corporation for over 30 years.  In addition to exhibiting his work in many regional, national and international shows, Smith had extensive experience in designing site-specific art. He had numerous ceramic relief murals commissioned by individuals, organizations and institutions throughout the United States, including a series of forty-eight pieces for the Pauline Warfield Lewis Center in Cincinnati through the Ohio Arts Council Percent for Art program and a mural and ceramic relief sculpture for Southwest General Hospital in Berea, Ohio. Smith was also an educator who taught at the CIA, the Cooper School of Art and many other institutions.

As a printmaker herself, Pontoni “fell in love with his woodcuts and intaglio prints” and submitted a proposal for the Creativity Works internship to organize, catalog and curate a show of Marvin’s art.  A portion of the proceeds of the exhibition will be used to create a CIA scholarship in Marvin Smith’s name.

The AAWR, where Smith’s work has been archived since 2000, is pleased to host this event and join Kelly in celebrating the legacy of Marvin Smith, as well as encouraging future generations of Cleveland printmakers.

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

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