All Tours: 34

Music History & Venues

15 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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…

Transportation History

11 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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 people,…

Irish Immigration

10 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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…

Conflict

10 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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…

Sports

11 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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. Some have…

Cultural Gardens

26 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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…

Detroit Shoreway

20 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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, historic churches, and residential…

Cleveland Foodways

25 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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…

Tremont: Lincoln Park Area

12 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
Lincoln Park is the center of Tremont, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods. This tour follows the perimeter of Lincoln Park and features many of the churches and other institutions built by (and for) successive waves of immigrants from the…

Ohio City: Franklin Circle to the Market

12 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
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…

Civil War Cleveland

15 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
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…

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

12 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
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,…

North Union Shakers: The Valley of God's Pleasure

6 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
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 are the…

Downtown: Public Square and the Mall

19 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
This tour features historic sites in or near Downtown Cleveland's Public Square and Mall. Many of the sites in this tour reflect Cleveland's two-century struggle to find a city center that speaks most meaningfully to its…

Gordon Square: From Outlaw Enclave to Arts District

10 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
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…

Coventry Village

20 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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…

University Circle: A Cultural Necklace

8 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
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…

From Millionaires' Row to Campus District

8 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
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…

Dugway Brook

16 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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…

Noble-Monticello

14 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
The Noble-Monticello area of Cleveland Heights was largely farmland until about a century ago. Dairies, orchards, and farms made the area something of a "breadbasket" while bluestone quarries yielded the stones that helped build Cleveland. As in…

Cedar Fairmount: Gateway to the Heights

11 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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…

Slovak Immigration

10 Locations ~ Curated by Jim Dubelko
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…

African Americans in Cleveland

31 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
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…

In Search of the Underground Railroad

6 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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…

Arts and Culture

11 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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 West…

Iconic Architecture

15 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
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…

St. Clair Superior

13 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Cleveland transformed into a major industrial city, attracting a wide range of manufacturers. Although the Flats may be the first place many think of when they imagine the rise of industry in Cleveland,…

Slavic Village

12 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
In the late 19th and early 20th century, much of Cleveland’s booming Polish population settled just a few miles from downtown to establish an ethnic enclave. Roughly situated on a ridge between the low-lying, rapidly industrializing “flats” of the…

The Churches of Tremont

14 Locations ~ Curated by CSU Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
Nearly two dozen churches are hallowed evidence of Tremont’s deep ethnic roots. The area—originally part of Brooklyn Township—was settled by New England Puritans. These people built homes along Jennings Avenue (now West 14th Street) and founded…

Cleveland Metroparks 100th Anniversary

19 Locations ~ Curated by Cleveland Metroparks
To commemorate the centennial anniversary of Cleveland Metroparks in 2017, the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities and Cleveland Metroparks worked in collaboration to create a series of new stories that delve into the history of…

Raymond L. Pianka Memorial Walk

15 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
Raymond L. Pianka (1951-2017) was the first Executive Director of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO), Cleveland Ward 17 Councilman from 1986 to 1995, and then, from 1996 until his death in 2017, Cleveland's Housing…

Moreland Neighborhood

19 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
The Moreland neighborhood is located in the southwestern corner of Shaker Heights near the intersection of Chagrin Boulevard and Lee Road. The neighborhood is architecturally unique in Shaker Heights because it was developed apart from the Van…

Classic Cleveland Restaurants

19 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
In recent years, Cleveland’s reputation as a restaurant Mecca has grown considerably. Buoyed by “celebrity chefs” like Dante Boccuzzi, Zach Bruell, Brandon Chrostowski, Doug Katz, Michael Symon and Rocco Whalen, the city regularly receives shout-outs…

Shaker History Tour

18 Locations ~ Curated by The Cleveland Historical Team
This tour features historic sites throughout Shaker Heights and Shaker Square. It provides an overview and introduction to the history of the city and its neighborhoods and is suitable for walking, biking, or driving. It supplements the Bike Shaker…