Revisit the days of Mr. Jingeling, the Sterling-Lindner Christmas trees, and mesmerizing Nela Park light displays during a holiday program with author and local historian Alan Dutka at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at our Main Branch.

Dutka will share what Cleveland department store pioneered the techniques for today’s Black Friday craze and discuss how celebrities from Bob Hope to Joe Lewis helped to make the holidays brighter for Cleveland’s neediest families

Dutka’s talk is free to enjoy. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up online or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

By the way, if you’re interested in local history, we’ve hosted several programs about it – many of which can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel – including: