09 16, 2022

Discover the History of Cleveland Municipal Stadium

By |2022-09-13T16:06:50-04:00September 16, 2022|

Discover the story behind Cleveland Municipal Stadium during a free talk at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, at our Main Library.

The vision for the stadium was ambitious — a venue that would draw thousands for events like boxing, football, track, soccer, operas, and community celebrations. Naturally, baseball would be its lynchpin. The new stadium would bolster the economy, increase tax revenues, and elevate Cleveland’s status. But there was a problem: The Cleveland Indians didn’t want to play there.

Local historian and author Dennis Sutcliffe will lead this entertaining look into Cleveland history. The program is open to all. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up on our website or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

04 26, 2022

Discover the history of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

By |2022-04-18T12:34:10-04:00April 26, 2022|

You may already be familiar with the beauty of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens – 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 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.

People can learn more about the Liberty Gardens’ history at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at our Main Branch. Rebecca McFarland, a fourth-generation Clevelander and expert on local history, will give a free talk on this terrific topic. McFarland’s expertise has been featured on A&E’s Biography and the History Channel.

The program is open to all. Due to limited space, registration is required. You can sign up on our website at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

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


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:

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.

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