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All Tours: 25

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 11 Locations

Cleveland is well known for its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but music pervades the history of this Great Lakes city. From the establishment of the Cleveland Opera Company and Cleveland Orchestra in the early 20th century to Alan Freed and the Moondog…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 11 Locations

The decision by the Ohio Legislature in 1825 to make Cleveland the northern end of the Ohio & Erie Canal opened the village to the economy of the outside world. The canal made Cleveland a transportation hub, and can be credited with bringing…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 8 Locations

The development and growth of Cleveland can be attributed to the collective efforts of the many immigrant groups that lived, worked, socialized, played, and worshiped within the city. The Irish were one of the first ethnic communities to settle…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 10 Locations

The social history of urban development is defined by conflict. Individuals and groups with competing interests commonly vied with each other to create a world that best reflected their beliefs and desires. These competing interests, often a…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 11 Locations

Sports have played a key role in Cleveland's history, confirming its status as a "major league town," and uniting a diverse population passionate about their city's teams. Venues where Cleveland's teams play have changed.…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 26 Locations

Perhaps the world's first peace garden, the Gardens embody the history of twentieth-century America. They reveal the history of immigration to, and migration within, the United States. They comment on how we have built communities and…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 20 Locations

In recent years, the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood on Cleveland's West Side has become both a local and national model for responsible urban redevelopment. Efforts to revitalize the commercial district and residential neighborhoods have been…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 10 Locations

The clock tower of the West Side Market marks the spot where thousands of shoppers and vendors converge. In its honeycomb of aisles, one will find every imaginable cut of meat and a United Nations of languages. The century-old market is a testament…

Tour curated by: The Cleveland Historical Team | 10 Locations

Lincoln Park is the center of Tremont, one of Cleveland's oldest historic neighborhoods. This tour which proceeds around the perimeter of Lincoln Park features many of the churches and other institutions that were built by and for successive…

Tour curated by: The Cleveland Historical Team | 12 Locations

This tour presents glimpses of the eclectic residential and commercial corridor of a onetime separate rival city across the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland. Ohio City was founded on the west bank of the Cuyahoga in 1818. Located just across the…

Tour curated by: The Cleveland Historical Team | 15 Locations

Experience Cleveland's Civil War history with this virtual tour through downtown Cleveland. Each stop visually depicts the city's contributions to the Civil War. Cleveland harbors many fascinating and colorful stories from this crucial…

Tour curated by: The Cleveland Historical Team | 12 Locations

Visitors to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park may not always realize the rich history that surrounds them. Stories of hardship, gain, family, and industry unfolded in the valley as early nineteenth-century settlers began risky farming ventures,…

Tour curated by: The Cleveland Historical Team | 6 Locations

Self-styled "The Valley of God's Pleasure," the North Union Shaker colony existed from 1822 to 1889. At its peak in 1850 it contained over 300 members spread across three settlements. Perhaps the most noticeable remnant of the Shakers…

Tour curated by: The Cleveland Historical Team | 13 Locations

This tour features 13 historic sites in or near Downtown Cleveland's Public Square and Mall. Many of the sites in this tour explore Cleveland's two-century struggle to find a city center that speaks most meaningfully to its…

Tour curated by: The Cleveland Historical Team | 10 Locations

The Gordon Square Arts District comprises an area of the west side of Cleveland which was once most famously known as the home grounds of the McCart Street gang, one of Cleveland's most infamous street gangs. During the gang's late…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 19 Locations

Taking advantage of electric streetcar traffic, Coventry Village emerged along Coventry Road in 1919 after the original Euclid Heights allotment collapsed and filled with more and more large apartment buildings. With the migration of Jews between the…

Tour curated by: The Cleveland Historical Team | 9 Locations

This tour explores a number of world-famous cultural institutions that surround Wade Park in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood. University Circle, which originated as a trolley turnaround, had its start as Cleveland's cultural…

Tour curated by: The Cleveland Historical Team | 8 Locations

From 1870 until 1920, Euclid Avenue was the grandest residential avenue in America. Some said it was the grandest avenue in the world. The stretch of mansions which lined Euclid Avenue from East 9th Street to East 55th Street was appropriately…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 16 Locations

Dugway Brook, among the bluestone brooks that flow into Lake Erie, is all but invisible today. Generations ago its serpentine branches plunged into culverts buried beneath streets, parking lots, and parks. Though mostly unseen, Dugway traces a path…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 11 Locations

Cedar Fairmount has long served as a gateway to Cleveland Heights. This village center developed in response to the meteoric rise in population as thousands of Clevelanders followed the lead of wealthy families who left Millionaires' Row…

Tour curated by: Jim Dubelko | 10 Locations

Like America, Cleveland developed and grew as wave after wave of different immigrant groups arrived in the city at key times in the city's history. The Slovaks were one of those immigrant groups whose arrival in the late nineteenth and early…

Tour curated by: The Cleveland Historical Team | 23 Locations

This tour offers a sampling of stories that collectively tell a broader story about African American life in Cleveland in the twentieth century. Following the Great Migration in the 1910s and 1920s, Cleveland's black population soared. Hardening…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 6 Locations

Sharing its southern border with two slave states, Ohio was a key player in the operations of the Underground Railroad in the years leading up to the Civil War. Many different routes runaway slaves followed crisscrossed the state with several…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 11 Locations

Meet the man who stilled the wrecking ball before the nation’s largest performing arts center outside New York City was lost, the Hungarian-born metalworker whose ironwork adorned America’s richest street, the place where the Wicked Witch of the…

Tour curated by: CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities | 15 Locations

Cleveland offers a stunning array of architectural gems by renowned architects. From 1930 until 1967, the Terminal Tower was the tallest skyscraper in the world outside New York City. It also connected via rapid transit to Shaker Heights, an…

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