All Tours: 31

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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This tour was created in partnership with the City of Shaker Heights and the Shaker Heights Public Library. As Shaker Heights celebrates its centennial anniversary throughout 2012, explore the…
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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…
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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…
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This tour explores the collection of cultural institutions that surround Wade Park in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood. University Circle, which originated as a trolley turnaround,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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As a Great Lakes legacy city, Cleveland still has a trove of impressive architecture in its downtown district. Like other cities, it has lost some architectural gems along the way, but this two-mile,…
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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…
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