Twinsburg Historical Society and Museum

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve Gallery
1834 E 123rd St Cleveland, OH 44106
216.721.9020 /

Sharing the Spirit: Black Philanthropy & the Arts, a conversation with Kerry Davis and Dee Perry

Thursday, Oct 10th, 6:00 – 7:30pm | Idea Center’s Westfield Studio Theatre | 1375 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103 | Free, register to attend

This Fall, as part of the seenUNseen exhibition,
the Artists Archives is pleased to host a series of programs which promote the visibility of regional artists of color.  seenUNseen, held in partnership with The Sculpture Center and presented by the Cleveland Foundation, combines work from the Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art with a curated response of Northeast Ohio creators.  The show, which opens September 20, features over 100 paintings, sculptures, textiles and mixed media pieces, and includes some of the nation’s most significant emerging and established African American artists. 

Sharing the Spirit:
Black Philanthropy & the Arts a conversation with Kerry Davis and Dee Perry, is held in partnership with The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland and is presented by the Cleveland Foundation.  The program will take place on Thursday, Oct 10th, 6-7:30pm, at the Idea Center’s Westfield Studio Theatre in downtown Cleveland.

Beginning his career as a postman in Atlanta, Kerry Davis and his wife, C. Betty, amassed a world-class collection of African American art on a modest middle-class budget. Over 30 years, the Davis family not only financially supported artists through their patronage, but physically supported them through hands-on actives like stretching canvases, providing supplies, and even transporting works in their family car.

In this special presentation, Kerry will be interviewed by Dee Perry, best known for her 20 years hosting The Sound of Applause, an arts and culture review on WCPN public radio.  Join Kerry and Dee as they discuss how supporting black artists benefits the community, non-traditional ways of giving, and how philanthropy changes the life of the giver, one act at a time.

Sharing the Spirit is FREE, however, please register to attend.  Reserve your spot by visiting,, or calling 216.721.9020.

More about our speakers:

Kerry Davis:
The story of the Davis Collection begins in Atlanta, where Kerry worked as a postman and his wife as a television producer. Over 30 years, on a modest budget, they amassed a collection of over 300 paintings, works on paper and sculpture which includes some of the nation’s most significant emerging and established African American artists.

This vibrant body of work now covers every inch of the Davis’ suburban residence, transforming the space into an “in home museum” that provides community access to the important, and often “unseen”, legacy of American artists of color. Their collection includes artists such as Charles White, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Hunt, Romare Bearden, Sedrick Huckaby, Richard Mayhew, Sam Gilliam, and Mildred Thompson.

Dee Perry:
Dee Perry began her broadcasting career in 1976, and worked for more than a dozen years hosting shows on commercial radio. In 1989 Dee took a job with 90.3 WCPN, Cleveland Public Radio, which became the multi-media content provider Ideastream in 2001, following a merger with WVIZ/PBS. Since then Dee has written, produced, and conducted thousands of interviews about arts and culture for radio, TV, and the web.

Although retired from full-time broadcasting Dee continues to serve as a freelance researcher, interviewer, and host for various community events and organizations.

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 images, please contact:

Megan Alves.  Gallery & Archives Coordinator

Held at Mount Hope Cemetery – Solon Cemetery Stroll

October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mount Hope Cemetery, 30000 Miles Road
Solon, 44139 United States

Back by popular demand. Join us for a stroll through Mount Hope Cemetery to learn about Solon's ancestors, some famous and not so famous.  After the stroll, the museum will be open and light refreshments will be served. Meet at Mt. Hope 30000 Miles Road presentation will start at 2:00. If adverse weather stories will be shared at the 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.

Download the document here.

Area Events and Programs:

November 2019
Corporal, Tim Krugman of the 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry – Music of the American Civil War

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Solon Historical Society, 33975 Bainbridge Rd
Solon, OH 44139 United States

Cpl. Tim Krugman of Elyria will entertain us with ballads of the blue and gray of the American Civil War. He will share how the music reflected the nation's mood from excitement to patriotic fervor to despair at the end of the war. Come join us for a song and then enjoy a ice cream sundae.


Living History at Oberlin Heritage Center’s Cemetery Event

The Oberlin Heritage Center presents a fun, fascinating look at local history this Halloween season in “Every Good Story has a Plot,” which takes place in Westwood Cemetery on Friday, October 11 at 4 p.m., Saturday, October 12 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.  This non-scary, one-hour guided stroll features early Oberlin business owners and tradespeople of days-gone-by as portrayed by costumed interpreters. 

Participants will be introduced to innkeeper and dry goods store owner Marx Straus (aka volunteer Dennis Cook), tea shop proprietor Rachel Brightman Rawdon (Judy Cook), milliner Marie de France (Camille Hamlin Allen), insurance company owner Helen Gorske Sperry (portrayed by her niece Pat Gorske Price) and formerly enslaved 19th century civil rights advocate and entrepreneur Henry Lee (Joseph Peek).  Reservations are required in advance; tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ($8 adults/$4 children for OHC members).  This is a family-friendly event and most likely to be enjoyed by ages 7 and up.

Dedicated in 1864, Westwood Cemetery contains a rich variety of symbolism, individuality, and scenery reflected through its many unique features and monuments.  The cemetery is a final resting place for many historic Oberlin figures, and the afternoon tour includes Oberlin stories from noteworthy business leaders not found in history books.  Guests will meet at the entrance to Westwood Cemetery (429 Morgan Street) to begin their journey; parking will be available on designated paved pathways within the cemetery.

To learn more about this event or to make a reservation, visit or call (440) 774-1700.  The tour fee will be refunded it if is raining at start time.


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.

Oct. 12           Hungarian Diaspora Diplomacy:  The Washington Perspective

Zita Mirk, Diaspora Liaison, Embassy of Hungary

Diplomacy is defined by Merriam-Webster as the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations, skills in handling affairs without arousing hostility.  That is a wonderful definition. Zita Mirk will describe the Washington perspective on Hungarian diaspora diplomacy.  Who constitutes the Hungarian diaspora?  Well, that would be us.  Hungarians living outside the Carpathian Basin are defined as members of the diaspora.  The attitudes and behaviors toward Hungarian diaspora have changed considerably in this decade.  Come hear this interesting talk from a Hungarian diplomat in Washington’s Hungarian Embassy.

Nov. 9              Hungarian-American Business-Education Relations

Michael Goldberg, Associate Professor, Design and Innovation, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Michael Goldberg is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. Goldberg is an Associate Professor of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He has extensive experience teaching entrepreneurship in international markets.  As a professor, he has taken his classes to various countries, including Hungary, for the purposes of exposing them to examples of entrepreneurship as it develops and may be unique to these countries. His talk will focus on his recent entrepreneurship initiatives and experiences in Hungary.

Dec. 14             Celebrating Hungarian Traditions: Children’s Program

Mikulás Bácsi visits the Hungarian Museum to the delight of children young and old.  He passes out treats. This year’s event will be dedicated to featuring Hungarian folk motifs in arts and crafts, and will engage participants in various media, including painting, stenciling, appliqué and much more.

From The Westlake Historical Society-

We are so happy to have our own Society President, Lysa Stanton speaking on Victorian Mourning Customs.

See Below:
Our October 16 General Meeting will feature a presentation on “Victorian Mourning Customs” by Westlake Historical Society President, Lysa Stanton.  
The meeting will be held  in meeting room B of the Westlake Recreation Center located at 28955 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio and will begin at 7 PM.  All are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.
To RSVP or for more information, please call 216-848-0680.

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Solon City Holiday Lighting

November 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Solon Historical Society, 33975 Bainbridge Rd
Solon, OH 44139 United States

The museum will be open during the City Holiday Lighting, stop by to check out the collection on display.