08 25, 2021

Revisit Cleveland’s Hometown Rockers from the 1960s & 1970s

By |2021-08-25T06:00:16-04:00August 25, 2021|

Learn about rockers with Cleveland ties during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Revisit the hometown sounds of Cleveland’s 1960s and 1970s during a special program at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, at our Main Branch.

Local historian and master storyteller Dennis Sutcliffe will transport listeners back to the time of bands like The Raspberries, Glass Harp and James Gang and venues like The Agora, The Plato and Hullabaloo Clubs. He’ll share both memories and music from the era.

Sutcliffe’s talk is free to attend. Registration is required. Sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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:

11 10, 2020

Discover the history of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

By |2020-11-10T19:00:16-05:00November 10, 2020|

You may already be familiar with the loveliness of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens – the more than 30 themed gardens that beautify the drive along Martin Luther King Jr. and East boulevards in Cleveland – but do you know their history?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was originally named Liberty Boulevard, and it honored the young men from Cleveland who fought and died in World War I. The gardens were planned as a path to represent the many cultures of our world that came together in Cleveland. It’s beautified with fountains, statuary, trees from Japan, roses from Verona, and the soil of more than 40 nations.

Learn more about the history and origin of the Liberty Gardens from Rebecca McFarland, a fourth-generation Clevelander and expert on local history. Her expertise has been featured on A&E’s Biography and the History Channel.

You can learn more from Ms. McFarland on our YouTube channel:


10 4, 2020

Travel to Eliot Ness’ Cleveland

By |2020-10-04T13:00:14-04:00October 4, 2020|

Travel back to the era of Untouchables and learn about Eliot Ness’s tenure in Cleveland.

Eliot Ness served as Cleveland’s Safety Director for Mayor Harold Burton during the years of 1935 to 1941. In these short years, Cleveland went from the most dangerous metropolis in America to winning a National Safety Award.

Photos and stories reveal the Eliot Ness that you won’t get from the movies – because, in this case, the truth is more fascinating than fiction.

The speaker is local historian, author and all-around Eliot Ness expert Rebecca McFarland. McFarland is a fourth-generation Clevelander who has given hundreds of talks on Ness and discussed him on A&E’s Biography. She’s also the person who ensured Ness’s final resting place would be in Cleveland, as McFarland herself spread his ashes in Lake View Cemetery.

To watch more videos on local history:

09 22, 2020

Discover Lake Erie ‘Riverside’ shipwreck

By |2020-09-22T06:00:08-04:00September 22, 2020|

Explore a sunken schooner and discover the great storm that downed it during an online program we’re hosting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Presenter Kevin Magee will discuss the storm of 1893 that sunk the Riverside in Lake Erie. All seven of its crew members and payload were lost on the way to Kelleys Island. More than a century late, the Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) located the shipwreck about 25 miles off of Cleveland. See photos of the preserved wreck and learn more about this remarkable ship and storm during Magee’s talk.

This program is free to watch and will be broadcast via Zoom. Registration is required. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

For more on local shipwrecks, watch our interview with shipwreck hunters and authors Georgann and Mike Wachter.

03 6, 2020

Discover the history of the Terminal Tower and Cleveland’s Union Terminal

By |2020-03-06T06:00:07-05:00March 6, 2020|

For nearly a century, the Terminal Tower has loomed over Cleveland’s skyline. But what do you know about the landmark?

Presenters Rebecca McFarland and Tom Pappas will share fascinating information about the Tower and the brothers who built it – along with the railroads that used this shiny, new terminal recently at our Main Branch.

Cleveland was still a boom town in the 1920s. Much of this progress was tied to the building of the Terminal Tower by the Van Sweringen brothers. The brothers saw a future in rail shipping and made certain that Cleveland was positioned to benefit from the building of a big, new terminal that welcomed commerce and personal travel.

More local history:



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